Glendale, AZ - The St. Louis Rams organization was looking forward to their first regular season game as new ownership has taken over the struggling franchise. Back to Back losing seasons culminating with the leagues worst record did nothing to inspire the fans that the season will turn around. However, the Ram's did keep the same coaching staff and much of the same philosophy. Basically dumbed down version means DONT TURN THE DAMN BALL OVER...... The Rams travelled to Arizona to take on the Cards with that edict in mind. In what may have turned the offensive playcalling back 50 years, the Rams defense was able to lockdown the Cardinals to win and important division game 10-2. Newly acquired QB Alex Smith was not asked to do much more than run the offense. He completed 7-15 for 163 yards 1TD and more importantly, no interceptions. Tavon Austin scored the lone touchdown on the day as he raced 81 yards for a touchdown the ended up being the game winner. Defensively, the Rams were flying around. They recorded 3 sacks, 2 interceptions by Janoris Jenkins and forced many passes into coverage. The defense held Ponder to 12 completions on 28 attempts for 180 yards. The Cardinals were able to manage some yards on the ground by Andre Ellington. The key play of the game was a 4th and 1 stop as James Lauranitis tackled Arian Foster just short of a first down deep inside Ram territory with just over 2 minutes remaining that ultimately won the game for St. Louis. Next up for the Rams is a visit to Seattle to play the Hawks. The Seahawks won their season opener against the 49ers 22-7.