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  • The Field Goal: Saints Edge Rams in OT 28-25

    After finishing a dismal 8-8 in 2003 and John Haslett's team in some form of disarray. The Saints are at a crossroads in 2004. With every other NFC South team having reached the playoffs or Super Bowl for that matter, these Saints are on a mission to prove they too can reach the playoffs and beyond. The word around Cajun country is this team lacks maturity and professionalism. 2004 is not easier for the Saints with Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons also rising and the Panthers looking to get back to the big dance.
    With a 1-1 record so far in 2004 the Saints arrived at The Edward's Jones Dome with a mission. The Rams with a similar record are still asking questions from their previous game versus the Atlanta Falcons and Michael Vick. With the Falcons rising, the Saints were here to prove a point with their former NFC West rivals.
    Six year veteran quarterback Aaron Brooks and Joe Horn led the Saints attack. With Deuce McAllister out with an ankle sprain, the Saints called upon a guy named Aaron Stecker to carry the load. Stecker's first start was huge, 19 carries for 106 yards and a 42yard touchdown to boot.
    Aaron Brooks looked impressive from the start. With a good defensive front by the Rams in the first quarter with Polley,Little and Coady leading the way, the Saints were forced to settle for a 52yard field goal by John Carney. The Rams and Marc Bulger looked determined to amend the previous weeks loss to the Falcons and came out shooting. By mixing the plays Bulger devised a six play sixty-six yard drive using Kevin Curtis, Isaac Bruce and ending with a 32 yard touchdown pass to Torry Holt . This is the style of play that the fans are accustomed to at the Dome. This put the Rams ahead 7-3.
    The second quarter was a rude awakening, the Saints and Aaron Brooks went to work on the Rams secondary. Brooks finished 24 of 41 for 316 yards and a touchdown. Early in the second, Brooks hit Horn for a 24 yard strike on a 3rd and 6 from the New Orleans 34 to setup the Stecker 42 yard touchdown. Saints went seven plays and 80 yards in a flash and tied the contest. Joe Horn and Donte Stallworth combined for 12 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown.
    Then the Charles Grant and John Carney show began to unfold. The Saints combined for 5 sacks on the day with Grant having totaled 3 of the 5. The Saints defense led by C.Grant,A. Ambrose, D. Rodgers,and Courtney Watson led the Saints rush that forced the 33 yards total loss in sacks and a forced fumble. Combined with John Carney's 5 for 6 field goal day, the Saints win in overtime 28-25. With the victory, the Saints end the Rams dome streak of 15 straight games.
    For the Rams and Marc Bulger another tough loss and lots of concerns. Bulger played solid football minus the fumble early. Bulger was 32 of 49 for 358 yards. He spread the ball in a passing offensive scheme with Isaac Bruce getting most of the catches. Bruce finished 8 for 134 and his third straight 100 yard day. The lack of a running game is the reason the Rams loss the game. This is Marshall Faulk's second week in a row with an under 100 yard game. Every time he is held under 100 yards the Rams are guaranteed to lose. Faulk finished with 12 carries for 44 yards and caught 5 passes for 46 yards.
    With a tough schedule ahead for the Rams. The Rams must win the next two in order to stay in contention. With games against the San Francisco ***** and the Seattle Seahawks on the road, Marc Bulger is confident ," We were 1-2 last year and no one thought we could come back and take the division title." He added," So we've been there before. He firmly stated," No one in this locker room is going to give up."
    Well, I guess we should give him the benefit of the doubt. It is still early. But so far this team has not shown that they can maintain a lead and hold anyone defensively. This was a game that they should have won in regulation. The large yardage plays killed them once again. I think they were waiting for Wilkins to pull some 53 yard miracles to match John Carney's day.
    After the win by the Saints, Coach Haslett stated," I don't know if they don't like to play us." Well, the overtime win confirms it. Coach they really do not like to play you guys. With no turnovers to date the Rams are in for a rough road trip.


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  • RamWraith
    Bulger, Holt, Lead Rams to Surprising Upset of Saints
    by RamWraith
    Nov 11, 4:29 PM (ET)

    By BRETT MARTEL




    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -It had been a long time since the St. Louis Rams looked anything like the "greatest show on turf."

    But Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce found the old magic, teaming with Marc Bulger on Sunday to give perviously winless St. Louis (1-8) a surprising 37-29 victory over a New Orleans Saints squad that hadn't lost in a month.

    Bulger finished with 302 yards and short touchdown passes to Bruce and Drew Bennett. Running back Steven Jackson, recovering from a back injury, rushed for a short touchdown and even threw a 2-yard halfback pass to Randy McMichael for a score.

    It was a demoralizing loss for New Orleans (4-5), which could have climbed into a first-place tie in the NFC South with a win. Instead, they gave up 34 straight points from midway through the first quarter until early in the fourth, falling behind 34-7 to a team that not only had yet to win this season, but hadn't even led on the road.

    The most crushing blows came on third-and-long situations, when Holt routinely found a seem in the defense and Bulger found Holt.


    The pair kept St. Louis' second touchdown drive of the game alive by hooking up for 21 yards on third-and-17. Early in the second half, Bulger found Holt for 40 yards on a third-and-15 play, leading to Jeff Wilkins' second of three field goals.

    The Rams converted eight of their first 11 third downs through the first three-plus quarters.

    Saints coach Sean Payton feared it was only a matter of time before the Rams' talented offense began to live up to its potential, especially after returning to relative health during an off week. Coaches placed rat traps around the Saints' training headquarters during the past week, a ploy to prevent their players from overlooking what they saw as a "trap game" against a winless but hungry and talented team.

    Early on, it seemed to have worked. New Orleans took the opening kickoff and drove easily down field, scoring on Reggie Bush's second-effort run from 7 yards out.

    What seemed like a promising start in fact marked the beginning of the end of the Saints four-game winning streak, which had gotten them back in playoff contention after an 0-4 start.

    Looking long for David Patten in single coverage, Brees threw his 10th interception of the season - this one to Oshiomogho Atogwe, on the Saints' next drive. That led to the Rams' first score on Jackson's 1-yard dive over the pile.

    New Orleans had more problems with the St. Louis defense, now led by assistant coach Jim Haslett, who was the Saints' head coach from 2000-2005.

    Haslett used to lash out at fans for booing when things got bad in the Louisiana Superdome during his tenure with New Orleans. But this time, his successful defensive calls were inducing...
    -11-11-2007, 05:17 PM
  • MauiRam
    Rams will face a rejuvenated Saints team ..
    by MauiRam
    BY JIM THOMAS Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:10 am


    Your offseason's a month shorter than most since you've been playing all the way into early February. And once the new season begins, there's a bull's-eye on your chest, because 31 other teams want to get where you've been.

    "We talked so much about that coming into the season," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "Everybody wants to accomplish what you accomplished less than a year ago. I think we knew coming into the season that we were going to get everybody's best performance, and that everybody would mark us on the calendar as kind of the team to beat until you prove otherwise."

    For the first couple of months of this season the Saints sure looked a little groggy. In 2009, the Saints started 13-0 en route to a 31-17 victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

    This season, the Saints lurched out to a 4-3 start that included losses to a couple of less-than-stellar foes in Arizona and Cleveland. By New Orleans standards, the league's most dynamic offense of a year ago had to huff-and-puff its way to points.

    But just in time for the Rams, Sunday's opponent in the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints have started humming on offense. The Saints (9-3) have won five consecutive games, and during the last four victories have averaged 33 points. (They averaged a modest 21 points in their first eight contests.)

    "We're running the ball a little bit more effectively than maybe earlier in the season and that's been a point of emphasis for us," coach Sean Payton said. "I think that's helped us."

    Actually, the Saints have run it a lot more effectively. Through eight games, New Orleans averaged 84.8 yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry on the ground. Over the last four contests? Try 126 yards per game and 4.8 yards a carry.

    This has happened even though Pierre Thomas has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in Game 3 against Atlanta. The University of Illinois product was full participation in Wednesday's practice and is expected to return against the Rams. Reggie Bush missed eight games with a fractured fibula. Since returning on Thanksgiving against Dallas, he has only 10 touches in two games.

    The player who has rescued the Saints' running game is unheralded Chris Ivory, an undrafted rookie from Tiffin (Ohio) University. When it was mentioned during a conference call that not many people had heard of Ivory, Brees quipped: "I hadn't heard of him either."

    Saints opponents are learning about him the hard way. Ivory has rushed for 636 yards and is averaging a robust 5.2 yards a carry. He is coming off a 117-yard, two-touchdown outing against Cincinnati.

    "He's doing great," Brees said. "Just a guy, and we have a lot of these guys, the undrafted...
    -12-08-2010, 11:42 PM
  • RamDez
    The RAMS won this game
    by RamDez
    Total yards
    Rams 378
    Saints 290

    Turnovers
    Rams 1
    Saints 1

    Possession
    Rams 32.36
    Saints 30.41

    Rushing
    Rams 77 yards
    Saints 48 yards

    Passing
    Rams 301 yards
    Saints 242 yards...
    -01-20-2019, 06:06 PM
  • dgr828
    Beating the Saints will require 53 RAMS playing as ONE
    by dgr828
    The past few weeks has seen the New Orleans Saints fall behind early in ballgames. A very dangerous trend that the Saints were able to overcome against the Dolphins and Panthers. The Saints were challenged to a dogfight wth the Falcons on Monday Night, a few weeks ago, and still prevailed to stay undefeated with an (8-0) record, heading into Saint Louis to matchup with the RAMS.

    Surely, we can't expect the Saints to rest on their laurels and look pass the Rams (Week 10). The Saints most likely have learnt their lesson of not taking any team lightly and will come into the ED to try to make statement that says they're for real.

    Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey and Pierre Thomas are just a few of the Saints that will be leading the attack against the Rams. Defensively, the Saints have had their hands full stopping the run, going up against Miami's "Wildcat", Atlanta's Micheal "Burner" Turner and Carolina's DeAngelo Williams, all having huge rushing games against New Orleans only to have the Saints win, in the end.

    Will Steven Jackson also find success against a Saints defense that tends to be soft against the run?

    If JAX can pickup where he left off from the Lions game it would greatly enhance the Rams chances for success.

    When will MARC put together a meaningful, productive and crowd pleasing ballgame? What are we paying him for, Again?!

    Ofcourse, Its not all on Bulger....Does anyone have his back?
    Its time for the Rams offensive line to 'Chock their Blocks' and step up to protect their QB. AB, J-Smooth and the rest of the line have to be monsters in the trenches.

    The Rams young receivers, Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery should now consider themselves veterans and act accordingly, by running the right routes. Avery for one has to focus and cut down his tendencies for turning the ball over.

    A more balanced offense that's more open to the pass as well as the run, along with effiecent play calling will go a long way to help out Bulger & Crew against the Saints.

    Josh Brown, with the Rams woes in the redzone, will need to be 'Money' whenever called upon. Donnie Jones has seen his share of shanks as of late, he needs to come through as before with the big time punts.

    McMike and Daniel Fells could be the secret weapons at TE that Marc Bulger can use against New Orleans.

    The Rams defense has a major task on its hands going up against an explosive offense lead by Drew Brees.
    The Rams might want to think about becoming more physical or maybe a little bit nastier.

    Long, Little and Laurinaitis will have to lead the charge up front and up the middle, Bartell hopefully has taken time to sharpen his skills at the corners, and OJ must continue to be the Rams safety net in the defensive backfield.

    Last but not least, you don't...
    -11-14-2009, 10:53 PM
  • AvengerRam_old
    Rams need to run Saints out of St. Louis
    by AvengerRam_old
    The Saints have allowed over 170 yards per game on the ground in the first two weeks. The Rams need to take advantage of this weakness and make sure that Faulkson (the Faulk/Jackson two headed attack) gets at least 30 carries. If the Rams can establish the running game, it will take the pressure off Bulger, and give him time to find Holt and Bruce, who should be able to get open against the Saints secondary. It will also keep the defense off, and the Saints still dangerous offense, off the field.

    Time to pound it out!
    -09-24-2004, 09:26 AM
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