Odds & Ends: Holt hopes fans will forgive stinker
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/14/2008

Veteran wideout Torry Holt conceded that the Rams "laid an egg" last week in their 38-3 loss at Philadelphia. Still, he's hoping the fans will forgive and forget Sunday, when the New York Giants visit the Edward Jones Dome.

"I'm expecting a good reception," Holt said. "At the same time, if we're expecting good things from them, then we have to give them something good in return. We're aware of that.

"Hopefully they'll come out and be loud and fire us up, and in turn we can play well, make things happen, score some points, and get some turnovers to get the crowd excited and involved."

TRIPLE ATTACK

The Rams' defenders had triple duty this week in preparing for the Giants' running game. While Brandon Jacobs gets most of the work out of the backfield, coach Tom Coughlin also likes to sprinkle in Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw.

"We start the game off with Brandon Jacobs and then Derrick Ward gets some playing time, and hopefully we'll get some work with Bradshaw as well" on Sunday, Coughlin said. "We've found over the course of the season that this works itself out pretty well."

Jacobs, a former Southern Illinois-Carbondale standout, packs 264 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. "He runs people over, and he runs extremely hard," Rams defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said. "It's going to be important for us to gang-tackle."

Jacobs, a fourth-year pro who rolled up a career-best 1,009 yards in the Giants' march to the Super Bowl championship, had 116 yards, on 21 carries, in their 16-7 season-opening win over Washington. Ward had 39 yards on nine tries, and Bradshaw was limited to special teams.

THERE IS HOPE

Here is some good news for beleaguered Rams fans desperately looking for a grain of hope after last week's spanking by the Eagles, courtesy of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger: In the last 10 NFL seasons, 18 teams have lost their opener by at least 19 points on the road. Nine of those teams played at home the following week, and six posted victories.

An opening-day loss is "like trying to predict who's going to win the 100-yard dash after the first step," Giants center Shaun O'Hara said. "Everybody has a chance to catch up."

MANNING TO MANNING

Life in the Manning family has remained the same, despite the Super Bowl titles and MVP awards racked up by the Colts' Peyton in 2007 and the Giants' Eli in '08. "Just because you have some success, it doesn't change your personality or change what we talk about," Eli said. "When we do get together, we have fun and enjoy talking about other things. We're not just talking about football all the time."

BEWARE OF PLAX

Giants wideout Plaxico Burress had 10 catches for 133 yards vs. the Redskins. At 6-5 and 232, Burress could be a big problem for the Rams' secondary. "We've got to be on our P's and Q's," cornerback Tye Hill said.