Jeff Kemp threw three touchdown passes and Eric Dickerson ran for 164 yards today as the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints, 28-10.
The Rams (4-3) scored on passes of 25 yards to Drew Hill, 13 yards to Henry Ellard and 21 yards to Ron Brown. Free safety Nolan Cromwell returned an interception 33 yards in their 21-point second quarter.
Saints Coach Bum Phillips alternated quarterbacks Richard Todd and Ken Stabler, as well as running backs Earl Campbell and George Rogers, series by series through the first half. But the Saints (3-4) showed little offense until Phillips settled on Stabler in the second half.
Still, they gained only 95 yards on the ground and threw three interceptions. Campbell gained 19 yards in five carries in his first game since being traded by Houston and Rogers had 11 on five carries.
"I might have made a mistake," Phillips said. "I may have messed it up. I've messed up a lot of things in my life."
Kemp completed only eight of 19 passes for 142 yards but was able to find his wide receivers open behind the Saints' defense, which entered the game as the best in the NFC against the pass.
"Since he's been quarterback, he hasn't turned the ball over with an interception yet," said Kemp's coach, John Robinson. "That's been a positive thing and he's making big plays with us."