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    Rams’ Little, Colts’ Manning share long history
    11 hours, 24 minutes ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP)—In his home, St. Louis defensive end Leonard Little proudly displays a photograph of himself sacking Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning(notes).

    “I want to be able to show my kids that I sacked a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Little said after a recent practice.

    In fact, Little had two sacks in that Dec. 30, 2001, game in St. Louis, which the Rams won 42-17 en route to their second Super Bowl appearance in three years.

    Times have changed since then for Little and Manning, who were teammates for two years at Tennessee and will face each other Sunday. Manning is two years younger than Little—who turned 35 on Monday—and has lifted the Colts to an elite team that’s made the playoffs in nine of the last 10 years.

    Meanwhile, the Rams are 0-6 and suffering through a 16-game losing streak. The Rams are 5-33 since 2007.

    “Any win would be big for us right now,” Little said. “We need to get that first one under our belt.”

    Little, who has four sacks this season, was battling the effects of strep throat last Sunday against Jacksonville when he snared David Garrard’s flare pass and returned it 36 yards for a score with 4:36 remaining. Little ended the run by diving headfirst into the end zone pylon for his third career touchdown and first since Dec. 12, 2004. It was his first career interception.

    “I just made a play, but we didn’t win the game so that was disappointing,” Little said.

    Little relishes the opportunity to go against the Colts (5-0), who are coming off a bye week and have won their last 14 regular-season games. He said he knows the defense has a big job in trying to stop Manning and company.

    “We’re running into a great offense and a great team,” Little said. “Guys have been working real hard in practice and I hope we step up to the challenge.”

    The Colts rank fifth in the NFL with 27.4 points a game and third in the league with 404.8 yards a game. Indianapolis is the best in the league at not allowing sacks.

    “There are a lot of sleepless nights,” defensive coordinator Ken Flajole said. “I could give you the old Lou Holtz line and say I sleep like a baby in that I get up every two hours and cry. They’re a heck of a football team. Everybody knows we’re facing a future Hall of Famer.

    “There’s no question they present some difficult matchup problems.”

  • #2
    Re: Rams' Little, Colts Manning Share Long History

    It is good to hear that the defense is eager to face this challenge.


    • #3
      Re: Rams' Little, Colts Manning Share Long History

      Originally posted by UtterBlitz View Post
      It is good to hear that the defense is eager to face this challenge.
      This is good to hear, but I am extremely concerned about the big plays our secondary is giving up. Jacksonville gained yardage in big chunks through the air. Guys like Dallas Clark always seem to make big plays for Indianapolis. I hope our defense is eager AND up to the challenge.


      • #4
        Re: Rams' Little, Colts Manning Share Long History

        The Colts rank fifth in the NFL with 27.4 points a game and third in the league with 404.8 yards a game. Indianapolis is the best in the league at not allowing sacks.
        Wow the Rams has to find a way to shorten this game, as simple as block tackle and run.


        • #5
          Re: Rams' Little, Colts Manning Share Long History

          Originally posted by eldfan View Post
          Wow the Rams has to find a way to shorten this game, as simple as block tackle and run.
          Simple. ;)


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