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Weak and weary Rams come tapping at the Ravens chamber doorAnd the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door,
and his eyes all the seeming of a demon that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light over him streaming throws his shadow on the floor,
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted -- nevermore!- FROM THE RAVEN BY EDGAR ALLAN POE
Well, the Rams almost pulled it off against the Arizona Cardinals last weak, at home in the Ed, but questionable officiating and turnovers resulted in a 34-31 loss.
The Rams (0-5) will try to get their 1st win, on the road, against the Baltimore Ravens (3-2). The Ravens have won their last 7 home games at M&T BANK STADIUM (M&T= Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co.), a win by the Rams will be a tall order.
The Rams won the last meeting against the Ravens 33-22 (Nov. 9, 2003 ).
Both teams are banged up. Ravens QB Steve McNair is a game time decision. McNair did not practice Friday (Bad back). Backup Kyle Boller may get the start.
Other notible Ravens injuries: DT Trevor Pryce - wrist (out), TE Todd Heap - Thigh (Probable), T Jonathan Ogden - Toe (Questionable), CB Samari Rolle - Illness (Questionable), WR Derrick Mason - Illness (Questionable). Derrick Mason leads the league with 44 receptions, but only has 372 yards and 1 TD.
The Rams are sure to see a heavy dosage of Baltimore's running game, lead by Ravens RB Willis McGahee. McGahee has rushed 102 att / 464 yds / 4.5 avg with 0 Touchdowns. Rams rookie RB Brian Leonard has a 4.8 avg with 38 carries for 138 yards, also with 0 touchdowns.
The Rams are in danger of matching a franchaise record of starting the season 0-6, set by the the 1962 Los Angeles Rams, who finished the season with a 1-12-1 record.
They will be facing an always tough defense, in the Baltimore Ravens, lead by Pro Bowl Linebacker Ray Lewis. Other notables on defense include Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Corey Ivy.
Despite their record and injuries, the Rams have been competitive and have had good chances to win each game. Gus Frerotte & Co. will have to minimize the turnovers, while defensively the Rams must focus on stopping the run.
Hopefully the Rams can come together and pull out a victory over the Ravens and this losing season becomes...NEVERMORE!
Re: Weak and weary Rams come tapping at the Ravens chamber door
This game has driven me stark Raven mad![SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]