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ST. LOUIS 37, SEATTLE 20

Rams Just Have to Hand It to Faulk

October 21, 2002|From Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Two games of handing off to Marshall Faulk make St. Louis Ram quarterback Marc Bulger think his teammate belongs in the Hall of Fame right now.

"They should put him in already, the first active player," Bulger said Sunday after Faulk gained 183 yards in 32 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Rams' 37-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. "He's like Superman out there."

The Rams (2-5) scored at least 30 points for the first time this season behind Faulk's fifth career four-touchdown game, as well as another consistent performance from third-stringer Bulger.

"Too much Marshall Faulk today," Seahawk Coach Mike Holmgren said. "He got off to a good tart, and we had a heck of a time slowing him down."

The defending NFC champion Rams have won their last two games. Bulger, elevated to the starting job by injuries to Kurt Warner (broken finger) and Jamie Martin (knee), was 22 for 40 for 265 yards.

"I didn't win the game for us, by any means, but at the same time I didn't lose it for us," Bulger said. "I didn't make any big mistakes, and I think I got us in position to make big plays, and that was my goal."

The Rams averaged 31 points last season, but had averaged 17 points in their first six games. They scored 28 last week, when Faulk had 158 yards in 28 carries in a surprising win over the Raiders. On Sunday, he matched his career high for plays from scrimmage (39), adding seven receptions for 52 yards.

"You've got to make adjustments in this business," said Faulk, who also became the 15th NFL player with 10,000 yards rushing. "The teams that make the adjustments the quickest succeed."

The Rams held Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks' biggest offensive threat, to 30 yards in 12 carries.

Ram cornerback Aeneas Williams probably was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg late in the game.

The Seahawks (1-5) are off to their worst start since 1992, when they began the season 1-10 and finished 2-14. It's also Holmgren's worst start in 10 seasons as an NFL head coach.

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