The St. Louis Rams (3-4) ended their win streak on the road against the Carolina Panthers (3-3) in a nasty 30-15 loss.
Both teams were involved in an on-field skirmish during the third quarter—a lengthy melee that involved shoving and flying fists.
The Rams and Panthers were both out of control for the majority of the game, though St. Louis caught most of the flak with numerous personal foul penalties and an ejection for defensive end Chris Long.
You can certainly point fingers at Carolina receiver Smith Smith—a known trouble maker and instigator—but it's hard to deny that the Rams had a pretty disgraceful showing overall.
As far as the game, the Rams were able to move the ball on offense, but turnovers and penalties killed many of their drives.
Carolina entered the game with the No. 7-ranked rushing attack, but the St. Louis defense contained Cam Newton for most of the game and held DeAngelo Williams to 40 rushing yards.
There were certainly positives from the game for St. Louis, but mental errors and high emotions killed the Rams.
Perhaps the most troubling takeaway from this game is the injury to quarterback Sam Bradford, who left in the final quarter with an apparent knee injury.
The Rams host Seattle for Monday Night Football a week from now, and the absence of their starting quarterback could be fatal.
For Carolina, they'll take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night and attempt to secure a winning record for the first time in 2013.
Thanks for following and be sure to return next Monday for the prime time showdown against Seattle.
Carolina Panthers 30, St. Louis Rams 15