ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Washington Redskins roll into their bye week looking like NFC East contenders.
Ryan Torain ran for 135 yards and a 20-yard score, and the defense stepped up to stop a late rally by winless St. Louis for a 17-10 victory Sunday.
The Redskins (3-1) dominated on defense and got two of their seven sacks late by Stephen Bowen and Brian Orakpo to knock the Rams (0-4) out of scoring position.
James Laurinaitis' interception and 15-yard return of an underthrown pass from Rex Grossman had given St. Louis the ball at the Washington 19 with about five minutes remaining.
Steven Jackson scored on a 15-yard reception earlier in the fourth quarter for the Rams, who trailed 17-0 after three quarters. St. Louis also has a bye next week.
Washington is 3-1 for the first time since 2008.
Orakpo had 2 1/2 sacks and Bowen added 1 1/2 for the Redskins. Washington shut out its opponent in the first half for the first time since the opener last year against the Cowboys.
Torain, who missed the first two games with a broken left hand and had no touches in Week 3, also had a 39-yard carry to set up a field goal in the third quarter. It's his fourth career 100-yard game.
The Rams have allowed 18 sacks on the year. Players were booed off the field at halftime for the second straight week. By the time they showed some signs of life, many fans had already hit the road.
St. Louis was supposed to contend in the NFC West after a six-win improvement last season to 7-9 but has regressed in Year 3 under coach Steve Spagnuolo, who is 8-28 overall.
The Rams have been outscored 41-0 in the first half the last two games and 79-16 in the half overall. They didn't top 100 yards total offense against the Redskins until the fourth quarter.
Santana Moss scored on a 6-yard catch from Grossman, and Torain was untouched until a step from the goal line on his scoring run, only his second carry of the year.
Justin King's 50-yard interception return on a ball that went through Moss' hands put the Rams at the Washington 31 and set up their first score. They settled for a field goal after rookie Lance Kendricks dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone.