The St. Louis Rams stunned a lot of people on Sunday when they defeated Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, effectively putting themselves on the map for the 2013 NFL season.
Led by quarterback Sam Bradford, St. Louis put up 31 points against what was a porous, zone-addicted Redskins defensive unit. The former Oklahoma Sooner picked them apart, down by down.
But Bradford's great play couldn't overshadow a different aspect of the Rams--an apect that fans haven't seen in a very long time.
Defensively, Jeff Fisher's squad looked like a credible threat to stop high-powered offenses around the league. RG3 and the 'Skins certainly qualify as one of those teams with a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball.
And while Washington did get into the end zone four times, one of those scores was a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The other three were the remarkable play of RG3.
In all, RG3 didn't have nearly enough time in the pocket to do what he wanted to through the air as evidenced by his yards on the ground nearly doubling from Week 1.
It also didn't help his No. 1 receiver, Pierre Garcon, wasn't able to play.
The Rams took full advantage of these factors and put the heat on Griffin III. Any other quarterback with normal athleticism would have been sacked several times.
The fact that Griffin III was only sacked once by the agressive St. Louis defense is a testament to just how quick RG3 actually is on his feet.
Rams fans haven't seen defensive aggression like that in a long time.
In two games this season, the Rams secondary has excelled. Before picking off RG3 once in Week 2, St. Louis also intercepted Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford three times in Week 1.
Much like he did with the Tennessee Titans, coach Fisher has an opportunity to build a team from the ground up. After all, the Rams are the second youngest team in the NFL at the moment.
Fisher is the perfect coach to bring that winning culture back to St. Louis. Not only does he have the quarterback to do it, but Fisher will also sport a top defense when he's done building.
If all goes well, the Rams could be a well-rounded team and a realistic competitor for a wild card spot in the NFC.
An NFL season is always unpredictable and the Rams season could go up or down from this point. But what is certain is that the Rams are no longer one of those easy "W's" on the schedule.