Benny Cunningham only had two carries for eight yards on Thursday, but that’s about all the Rams needed from him. That’s because he had four kick returns for 188 yards, including a breathtaking 102-yard return, in St. Louis’ 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
“Those guys did an excellent job of setting up blocks for me,” Cunningham said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It was good to go out there and play penalty-free for the most part and (for) guys (to) just have fun. To see the work we put into it during the week and to be able to showcase it to the world – it’s a great feeling.”
Cunningham was actually tackled on the Tampa Bay 3-yard line after his long return, but Greg Zuerlein hit a 19-yard chip-shot field goal to give the Rams a 31-13 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
It was a great night for St. Louis, which saw Todd Gurley become the third rookie to rush for 1,000 yards in franchise history. Tavon Austin, meanwhile, touch the ball seven times for 73 yards and two touchdowns (one rush, one receiving).
“Tavon is an animal, man,” Cunningham said. “He’s the most dynamic player I’ve ever played with in my life. The way he works during the week, it’s no surprise to us. The things he does on Sunday, you see all during the week, man. I’m happy for him. It’s good to see him come out and have the success with the way he works during the week.”
Sadly, that may have been the Rams’ last home game in St. Louis. There are rumors that the team could move to Los Angeles as soon as this offseason.
It’s had to be an emotional year for Rams fan.
“Oh yeah, most definitely,” Cunningham said. “But I feel like as far as the players, it’s out of our control. We just focus on week-to-week. Right now, we’re focused on trying to go down and beat Seattle. Anything else is out of our control. But we most definitely appreciate the support. Those guys were live tonight. It was good to have the fan base support us, man. I feel like they most definitely played a big part in this win.”
St. Louis, which has won two straight, closes the season with a pair of divisional games at Seattle (8-5) and at San Francisco (4-9).
Two more wins would give the Rams their first non-losing season since 2006.