ST. LOUIS — A week after standing toe-to-toe through overtime with the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams got knocked flat on their backs by the New York Jets.
Running back Bilal Powell scored the first two touchdowns of his career on runs of 5 and 11 yards in the fourth quarter as the Jets beat the Rams 27-13 on Sunday before 57,111 fans at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams (3-5-1) are 0-4-1 in their last five games. They tied the 49ers 24-24 last week.
"It's frustrating after the way we played last week," Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. "I thought we were moving in the right direction. Obviously, this week, we didn't play our best."
Bradford completed 23 of 44 passes for 170 yards. He threw two short touchdown passes to Brandon Gibson, the second one coming when the Rams were trailing 27-7.
Bradford also was intercepted once and fumbled once.
"The issue was they were fitting routes well and Sam was holding the ball," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "When the quarterback holds the ball with no place to go, that's when the pocket collapses.
"I'm not faulting Sam. I'm complimenting their defense. That is a tough defense to play against."
The Rams committed three turnovers that led to two touchdowns for the Jets.
"We got outplayed today, we got outcoached today, and anytime you turn the ball over three times, I don't care who you play in the National Football League, you're going to have a hard time overcoming those things," Fisher said.
Meanwhile, the Rams forced no turnovers. They caused two fumbles, but the Jets got the ball back both times.
"It's completely frustrating," Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said. "It's something we have been stressing in practice the last couple of weeks, but obviously we are not running to the ball.
"We need to police ourselves as a defense during practice. When the ball is on the ground, go get it."
Rams running back Steven Jackson had 13 carries for 81 yards. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
The Jets (4-6) snapped a three-game losing streak. They scored 27 straight points to erase an early 7-0 deficit.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 15 of 20 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams marched 86 yards on their first possession of the game to grab a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson.
The key play of the drive was a 36-yard pass from Bradford to Austin Pettis on a third-and-4 play.
Fisher kept his offense on the field on a fourth-and-goal from the Jets 1, and Bradford connected with Gibson for the touchdown.
Both Gibson and Danny Amendola were wide open in the back of the end zone as three Jets defensive backs covered Isaiah Pead on the play.
The Rams' offense sputtered after that.
"It was pretty tough after that opening drive," Bradford said. "I thought we did a lot of things well in that first drive, kept ourselves in third-and-manageable.
"We had some big third-down conversions, and we scored on fourth down. After that, we lost all rhythm that we might have had."
The Jets got into position for a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
New York's Eric Smith intercepted a pass by Bradford that was intended for tight end Mike McNeil and returned the ball to the St. Louis 13.
The Jets came away with no points off the turnover as Folk's 26-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Janoris Jenkins.
New York also was unsuccessful on a fake punt as holder Tim Tebow flipped the ball to Lex Hilliard, who was tackled for a 1-yard loss by James Laurinaitis.
The Rams lost the ball when Bradford fumbled after being hit by Muhammad Wilkerson. Ricky Sapp picked up the ball and advanced it to the St. Louis 28.
The turnover led to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Chaz Schilens in the second quarter.
Folk added another 51-yard field goal with 57 seconds left in the first half to put the Jets ahead 13-7.
Chris Givens had a 98-yard return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff negated by a holding penalty on Rodney McLeod.
Powell, a second-year player out of Louisville, capped two fourth-quarter drives with TD runs as the Jets increased their lead to 27-7.
The Jets ended up with 124 rushing yards. Greene had 18 carries for 64 yards, while Powell had 11 carries for 42 yards.
The Rams got within 27-13 on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Gibson with 5:40 left to play. A two-point conversion pass fell incomplete.
"The 14 (points) is still going to do it; we just needed points," Fisher said of why he went for the two-point conversion trailing by 14 points.
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