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Rams Report Monday 11-1-10
In 2007, the Rams won three games and then won two in 2008 and one last season. That's six in three seasons.
That one last year enabled them to select quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick in the draft, and he is one of the big reasons the Rams are now 4-4 after Sunday's 20-10 win over Carolina and heading into their bye just a half game behind first-place Seattle in the NFC West.
The week before, Bradford completed just 50 percent of his passes in a one-point loss to Tampa Bay and was hyper critical of himself. He rebounded with a 25-for-32 day against the Panthers (78.1 percent), had two touchdown passes on third-down plays and had a 112.4 passer rating.
Bradford said Sunday's win "gives us some momentum going into the second half of the season. Four-and-four is good, it's not great. We have a chance to have a couple more wins, but we're right in the mix. If we can put together a string of wins in the second half of the season, we've got a shot to be in the playoffs."
Coach Steve Spagnuolo concurred. He said, "Everything that we had in front of us vision-wise to achieve this particular year is still there."
To achieve that, winning on the road is their next hurdle. The win over Carolina put the Rams at 4-1 at home, and their four takeaways gave them 13 at home. However, they have just two in three road losses, and five of their final eight games are away from the Edward Jones Dome with three against each team in the NFC West.
Three of their losses have been by a total of seven points, and the defense has allowed 18 points or less in seven of their eight games.
Said middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, "You know the way I am. I'm going to look back and still be the guy that says, 'Gosh, we could be this or could be that.' We'll have a chance to reflect a little bit and really know that this back eight here is pretty tough so we'll enjoy this for the day."
Running back Steven Jackson played with a soft cast on his hand to protect the ring finger on his left hand he broke in Week 7. He grinded for 59 yards on 23 carries and said, "To be 4-4 at the break is pretty good. We've put ourselves in a good position. It's not ideal where we want to be, but it allows for us to take the bye week and really get revved up for the last eight."
He paused and added, "If we learn how to win on the road, we're going to be a dangerous team."
LINEUP WATCH: Right tackle Jason Smith suffered a concussion when he banged helmets with defensive end Chris Long in practice four days before the game and was inactive. Renardo Foster took his place. Said Bradford, "Renardo was absolutely awesome today. If you didn't know he hadn't been playing, I don't think you would have said, 'That guy looks new this week.' He fit right in there with those guys. I felt like they had great chemistry out there today."
BY THE NUMBERS: Bradford has thrown 96 consecutive passes without an interception. His last one was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Detroit's Alphonso Smith in Week 5.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
—OT Jason Smith suffered a concussion in practice Oct. 28 when he banged helmets with DE Chris Long. Smith was inactive Sunday for the game against Carolina. He was sent home from the team facility Friday, but was in attendance at the game Sunday.
—WR Danario Alexander, who has had four surgeries on his left knee and played in two games after being signed from the practice squad, underwent surgery for a torn meniscus after injuring the same knee in practice Friday (Oct. 29). The normal recovery time is usually 2-4 weeks.
—OT Renardo Foster, who last started games for Atlanta in 2007, replaced OT Jason Smith as the starter Sunday against Carolina and played the entire game. His only other appearance since 2007 came in Week 2 when played some snaps at left tackle when Rodger Saffold left briefly with a back injury.
—TE Michael Hoomanawanui suffered injured ribs in the second quarter against Carolina, but came back to play in the game.
—DE James Hall suffered a broken bone in his hand against Carolina, but continued to play with the injury.
—S James Butler had been declared out earlier in the week after injuring his knee against Tampa Bay. The knee responded better than expected, and Butler played against Carolina and had a fourth-quarter interception. However, he suffered an ankle injury later in the quarter, tried to return, but was too hampered to play.
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Re: Rams Report Monday 11-1-10
How great is it to have Foster step in and get such glowing praise from Bradford...solidifies our o-line even more.
"Injured ribs"....Hoowie is a stud to come back and play with hurt ribs, as well as Hall with a hand bone break. Glad they've got a couple of weeks off, as well as Butler.
Re: Rams Report Monday 11-1-10
Hoomanawanui is one tough player. The Panthers defenders were bouncing off him like they were 20lbs.
I'm really impressed with James Hall and his underrated leadership. All season, he's been a leader for the defense, and he is really a big cog in our defesne.
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