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Mark Barron anchors Rams to its fourth home win

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St. Louis remains in the hunt for a playoff spot after securing a 21-14 win Sunday against Detroit at home. Rookie tailback Todd Gurley carried the offense with 140 yards and two scores. Safety Mark Barron captained the Rams on defense.

Barron, a fifth-year veteran, put in a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo). He recorded two tackles for loss and limited Lions’ running back Joique Bell to 50 yards rushing on seven carries.

Running back Ameer Abdullah mustered just 23 yards on seven attempts on a 3.3 average.

A former Alabama standout, Barron leads this group in total tackles (97) and has defended four passes with two forced fumbles. The Rams stand at 5-8, but a strong finished coupled with some key upsets could position it for a wildcard opportunity. St.  Louis will face Tampa Bay next week.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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