It was a rough afternoon for rookie George Rogers, but Bum Phillips, coach of the New Orleans Saints, said the Heisman Trophy winner is in for more of the same after the 23-17 upset victory over the Los Angeles Rams today.
Rogers carried 29 times and gained 162 yards despite spending much of the second half on the bench with muscle cramps. He scored one touchdown, on a five-yard run in the second quarter.
"I was very pleased with George Rogers' performance, naturally," Phillips said.
It was Phillips' first victory with the Saints (1-1), who have matched their total number of wins all last season.
Playing in place of injured starter Archie Manning, veteran backup Bobby Scott completed only four of 15 passes for New Orleans. He was intercepted three straight times.
However, his fourth completion was for the game's winning touchdown, a 23-yard pass to Wes Chandler with six minutes left.
"It was sloppy-looking, but it got the job done," said Scott.
Benny Ricardo kicked field goals of 45, 46 and 34 yards for the Saints.
Manning retired to the bench after two pass attempts on the Saints' first possession after aggravating a hamstring pull sustained in a season-opening loss to Atlanta.