The Rams closed out their 2015 home schedule in great fashion, showing off a style of play we expected to see a lot more this year. The question is whether they will ever play in St. Louis again, with a potential move to Los Angeles looming.
Fisher also spoke highly of the game atmosphere after initially wondering if fans would show up for the game.
"We appreciate our fans," Fisher said. "I was a little concerned, you know, came out for warmups and thought most people were going to stay home and watch it. But, I mean, they came in. They must've been outside having a good time because they came in and it was great to see them. They saw a good ballgame."
The game was a reminder that the Rams have some intriguing building blocks, even if they seem stuck in a perpetual state of mediocrity. Donald had three quarterback hits and two tackles for loss, wreaking havoc on the Tampa offense in the first half as St. Louis built its lead. Rookie running back Todd Gurley didn't have a big game (79 yards from scrimmage), but Austin showed off his incredible moves with two more scores and 73 yards on seven touches.
The Bucs, meanwhile, couldn't crawl back from a 21-3 halftime deficit. Rookie of the Year candidate Jameis Winston struggled with pressure and inaccuracy early. Tampa moved the ball well after halftime, eventually topping 500 yards of offense, but the Bucs ran out of time to complete a potential comeback. Winston showed off some of the gutsy throws he's completed all year, but was not nearly consistent enough. Keenum wasn't asked to do much, but he hit a couple nice downfield throws and only had three incompletions.
On a night where many former champion Rams players were honored, this game was a reminder how forgettable the last decade of Rams football has been. Even the nice wins come with an asterisk. This team isn't going anywhere this season. We'll have to wait until January to find out if it's heading west this offseason.