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    Every given Sunday: Another unbeaten for Rams

    By R.B. FALLSTROM
    AP Sports Writer

    ST. LOUIS — The schedule has done zero favors for the one-win
    St. Louis Rams, the first team in NFL history to draw unbeaten
    opponents in three straight home games.

    Good luck parlaying fresh legs off the bye week and a two-week
    buzz from their lone victory now that the prolific New Orleans
    Saints are coming to town. New Orleans (8-0) was a two-touchdown
    favorite to follow the script of the Colts (42-6, Week 7) and
    Vikings (38-10, Week 5) and give the Rams another reason to lose
    faith in the home-field advantage.

    “You definitely don’t want to play a team like New Orleans every
    week,” Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said. "They’re going to get
    their points, it’s as simple as that.

    “So we have to find a way to keep up with them.”

    Since moving to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams (1-7) are 6-2 at
    home coming off the bye week. In 2007 they beat the Saints on
    the road in after the bye for their first victory after an 0-8
    start.

    Useless, ancient statistics.

    “That was two years ago,” Bulger said. “If you look around this
    locker room, there are not too many guys left that were on that
    team.”

    Extra time to prepare? Rookie coach Steve Spagnuolo worries it
    wasn’t enough to get ready for the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense,
    and scoffed at Saints comments that indicated they haven’t been
    at their best lately.

    “I don’t know if anybody ever figures them out,” Spagnuolo said.
    “That’s a compliment to them and scary for the rest of the
    league that they can play better.”

    The Saints average 37.9 points and have scored 30 or more points
    the last four games to match a franchise best. They’re 8-0 for
    the first time and one win shy of tying the franchise record for
    consecutive victories because to this point they’ve been able to
    overcome mistakes with sheer firepower and by forcing their
    opponents into a league-high 24 turnovers.

    Drew Brees leads the NFL in passer rating and has 17 touchdown
    passes; he’s also the league’s best in the fourth quarter. Seven
    Saints have scored three or more TDs.

    Last week all those tools helped erase an early two-touchdown
    deficit caused by two turnovers in a 30-20 victory over the
    Panthers. New Orleans has a plus-8 turnover differential, tied
    for third best in the NFL, which is the biggest reason it’s
    perfect after going 4-4 halfway through last season.

    “We’ve been lucky up to this point because we’ve gotten some
    turnovers of our own,” Brees said. “It just makes you think
    about how good we could really be if we take better care of the
    football and end up scoring points on those times where we’re
    giving it away.”

    After coming from behind to win the last three games, the Saints
    have entered a softer portion of their schedule. The next two
    opponents, the Rams and Bucs, are a combined 2-14.

    Six more wins after that, and they can match the Patriots’
    perfect 16-0 regular season in 2007. That talk is for later.

    “The thought has crossed my mind, but it’s not something that I
    ever think more than about two seconds,” Brees said. "They’re
    not going to walk in the stadium and throw up the white flag
    when they play us.

    “In fact, it’s the opposite. I think we’re going to get
    everybody’s best performance, everybody’s best game.”

    Saddled with the NFL’s most feeble offense (9.6 points), one of
    the most porous defenses (27.6 points) and a minus-7 turnover
    differential, the Rams have yet to even come close to that
    standard.

    Before its bye, St. Louis ended a 17-game losing streak with a
    17-10 victory over the one-win Lions on Nov. 1. The Rams’ top
    scoring game is 20 points in an overtime loss at Jacksonville,
    while the Saints’ lowest output is 24 points against the Jets.

    Still, they vow not to take this one lightly.

    “They’ve played against some really good teams and some really
    good offenses, and have been put in some tough spots with short
    fields and that kind of stuff,” Brees said. “I just know they’re
    going to have a great plan for us.”

    The Rams’ best hope likely is ball control with an offense
    centered around bruising Steven Jackson and a much improved
    line. Jackson is tied for third in the NFL with 784 yards
    rushing and fourth in the league with 970 yards from scrimmage,
    plus he’s coming off his best game of the year, dragging Lions
    tacklers for 149 yards and rambling 25 yards for the deciding
    touchdown.

    “He’s a tremendous worker, he’s big and strong, he’s got great
    speed and he’s an exceptional player,” Payton said. “He’s
    certainly one of the elite players in this league.”

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    Re: Every given Sunday: Another unbeaten for Rams

    “You definitely don’t want to play a team like New Orleans every
    week,” Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said. "They’re going to get
    their points, it’s as simple as that.

    I know we near the bottom of the NFL but that statement just don’t sound right to me. If the rams is ever to moved out of the basement it should want to play the best teams and should expect to win. Maybe we can be where they are one day.
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    Re: Every given Sunday: Another unbeaten for Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    Maybe we can be where they are one day.

    Actually we were not so long ago until, of course, the front office blundered and screwed us with one gaffe after another and on and on...


    WHAT SAY YE?

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    Re: Every given Sunday: Another unbeaten for Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    By R.B. FALLSTROM
    AP Sports Writer

    ST. LOUIS — The schedule has done zero favors for the one-win
    St. Louis Rams, the first team in NFL history to draw unbeaten
    opponents in three straight home games.
    Would it be better if the one-win St. Louis Rams drew unbeaten opponents in three straight away games?

    Normally, I'd think it would be a good thing to play your toughest opponents at home.

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