By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Nov. 20 2007

This game isn't really that complicated. Against New Orleans and San Francisco,
the Rams finished in the plus category in takeaway-giveaway differential — the
first times that has happened this season. Better yet, they didn't commit a
turnover in either contest.

Guess what? They won both games.

Even in a game in which the offense sputtered mightily in the second half, ball
security helped the Rams eke out a 13-9 victory over San Francisco at Monster
Park.

"The key to what we were able to do offensively, we still protected the ball,"
coach Scott Linehan said. "Two straight weeks without a turnover, and for us
that's two straight wins. That's a great stat we can hold onto."

During their eight-game losing streak to open this season, the Rams averaged
three turnovers per game. But the Rams have thrown only one interception in
their past 105 passes, with Marc Bulger accounting for 101 of those throws.

The Rams haven't lost a fumble since the first time they met Seattle — on Oct.
21.

Bulger isn't forcing the ball as he was at times earlier this season. Ever the
realist, Bulger says there's an element of luck involved as well.

"I'm conscious of not having turnovers," Bulger said. "But at the same time,
I'm making some of the same throws I made earlier in the year that were
interceptions."

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

The Rams had a season-high seven pass plays go for 20-plus yards when they met
the ***** on Sept. 16. They had none in Sunday's matchup. So what happened to
the downfield passing game?

"They played a little more zone, probably quite a bit more zone, than they did
the first time around," Linehan said. "That forces the ball to be distributed
to other places when they've got potential double teams on your primary
receivers. … When you see a lot of big plays in the passing game, a lot of
times it's against a team that's playing a little more man."

INJURY UPDATE

— LT Alex Barron (strained neck) was sore Monday and could be limited in
practice Wednesday.

— WR Isaac Bruce (left hamstring) made it through the San Francisco game
without aggravating the injury.

— WR-return man Dante Hall (ankle) returned against the ***** after missing
four games, and made it through the game without aggravating the injury.

— DE James Hall (ankle) was sore Monday and could be limited in practice
Wednesday.

— C-G Brett Romberg (ankle) missed his third consecutive game Sunday and is
questionable for Seattle.

— LB Will Witherspoon (sore left foot) should be OK for Seattle.

THE STAT

In 26 games as the Rams' starting free safety, Oshiomogho "O.J." Atgowe has six
interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

"Obviously, it stinks to come up here eight weeks in a row with a loss." —
***** coach Mike Nolan

LOOKING AHEAD

The Seahawks have won five straight against the Rams, the longest winning
streak in the series for either team. They had little trouble with the Rams
last month in Seattle, outscoring them 23-3 in the second half en route to a
33-6 triumph.