Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 12/18/12

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams shouts instructions during the game with the Arizona Cardinals on December 27, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals won 31-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS -- This is a reality of the new normal. During the Steve Spagnuolo era, a trip-over-your-shoelaces effort like the one seen in the Minnesota Vikings' rout Sunday may have been excused. It may have been brushed aside as another stink bomb within a foul chapter worth forgetting. But this St. Louis Rams season has been about trying to take an aerosol can to the past. It should include taller expectations. Pick from many undesirables in a 36-22 loss at the Edward Jones Dome that left the hosts thinking, "What's next?" The Rams, playing to keep hopes alive for their first playoff berth since the 2004 season, allowed 23 second-quarter points before digging a 30-7 halftime hole. A foe that entered 1-5 on the road rubbed mud on a navy-and-gold welcome mat, kicked down the front door and muzzled most of the 55,751 in attendance on what was supposed to be Fan Appreciation Day. Meanwhile, all-world Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for a season-high 212 yards, pushing a pr...
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