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In a crucial divisional game on Thursday night, the ravenous St. Louis Rams team will face their alter ego, the San Francisco 49ers. This matchup is like Superman vs. Bizarro. Both teams are run first, fundamentally sound, and pride themselves on defense. To further illustrate the mirror, both teams are coming off brutal losses. Both teams have lost at home. Both teams are 1 and 2. Something has to give.
Jeff Fisher expects for the 49ers to feed Frank Gore the ball after him receiving only 11 touches last week. To counter the 49ers run game, Brian Schottenheimer issued a similar statement, proclaiming that the Rams must get ahead of the sticks early. Meaning short, but effective plays on first and second down, leaving manageable third down to keep the pressure of Sam Bradford. After watching DeMarcus Ware line up all over the field last week and effectively reeking havoc on the Rams Offensive Line, expect the 49ers to take notice and use Justin Smith in a similar fashion. With the loss of Aldon Smith to a DUI charge and the possible loss of Patrick Willis to a groin injury, Smith will be the key defensive player on the front line for San Francisco.
When asked about the rivalry, Fisher remarked that there really is no rivalry yet because in order for there to be a rivalry, you have to win games. He was selling his team a little short, by referencing the total history between the teams, but if you look at last year, Jeff Fisher’s Rams were one of the only teams to have success against the 49ers, winning at home and, in one of the wildest games in recent memory, working a tie on the road.
This young Rams team has confidence from those positive experiences last year, but they realize that that was last year. Bradford expressed his confidence from those experiences, but he could use some help. The Rams offensive line gave up six sacks last week to the Dallas Cowboys, when in the previous two games they had not allowed one. Critical drops on third downs also hurt the offense last week, and kept the defense trotting out onto the field on short rest.
In his press conference, it was obvious that Fisher was all business. There were no jokes, and he seemed anxious to get away from the microphones and back to coaching. The defensive minded Fisher commented on how his players were out of position and every coach on the team in their interviews harped on working on fundamentals. It is obvious that there was a lack of focus and that it would be addressed during the short week. Fisher made mention of 21, Janoris Jenkins, and 52, Alec Olgletree, who he obviously would be using as examples of proper fundamentals in his film sessions this week.
A player who has been quiet for the last two games is Jared Cook. The speedy tight end, who had a monster first game, has only caught 6 balls for 54 yards since. He wonders why he hasn’t been getting the ball, with good reason.
Defensive End, Robert Quinn will also need to step up his game, but will he be able to track down the nimble Colin Kaepernick. Ball protection and stopping the run game will be the focus of both teams, according to all accounts from the players and coaches. The Rams gave up almost 200 yards to Cowboys in the 7-31 loss last week, and the 49ers gave up 179 yards rushing to the Indianapolis Colts. All arrows point in the direction of a trench war with lots of running the ball and hard nose defense. So you should probably bet the over in what will obviously be an aerial shootout.
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ST LOUIS --The Rams fans who decided to show up to the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday conveyed their feelings loud and clear before they gave up and trudged toward the exits with more than 10 minutes left in quarter four.
Had the place been full instead of the generously announced crowd of 56,640, the boos would have been much louder.
There sure was plenty to boo about.
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St. Louis Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn stole San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's trademark celebration move after sacking the QB during Thursday night's NFL game at the Edward Jones Dome.
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The St. Louis Rams say an anti-military Tweet by former offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe is reprehensible, and coach Jeff Fisher also weighed in on the comment.
After practice Tuesday night, Fisher said Nsekhe wasn't in the NFL because he's ''not necessarily a deep thinker, OK?''
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The St. Louis Rams lost their strong safety, rookie T.J. McDonald Thursday night in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a fractured leg, reports Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
McDonald got his leg tangled up in traffic during the their quarter, appearing to run into DE Gerald Rivers at the end of a 3-yard run by Frank Gore.
He was fitted for an air cast and carted off the...
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Rams safety T.J. McDonald suffered a fractured leg during tonight’s blowout loss to the 49ers.
Rams S TJ McDonald suffered a leg fracture that led to him being carted off, 2 sources say. He was a Jeff Fisher favorite, tough blow.
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Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver are reports that the St. Louis Rams are willing to sign QB Sam Bradford to a contract extension right now.
Rapoport mentions that the Rams view Bradford as their franchise quarterback, but he is apparently in “no rush” to renegotiate his current deal.
Rapoport adds that Bradford may hold off on contract talks until 2015, depending on how he performs...
Things were looking hopeful for the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter and it appeared that Colin Kapernick’s recent struggles may continue. Rams lineman sacked Colin Kapernick and celebrated his fifth sack of the year by Kapernicking right in front of the San Francisco QB. Unfortunately for Quinn his defense couldn’t continue to hold Kapernick down as he threw two touchdown...
ST. LOUIS -- If you're trying to work yourself into a frenzy for this, do yourself a favor and stop.
Whatever seed of a rivalry the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers planted last year has been neglected in 2013. It needs water fast before it dries up and dies.
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St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and then celebrated by "Kaepernicking."
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For most of the first half, this looked to be a game that gibed for the Rams which is another way of saying a low-scoring game. St. Louis isn’t going to keep up with any team that score more than 30 unless you spot them defense and special teams scores, so the early plodding place was just about their speed.The Rams started things off with a first down and a punt. The Niners responded...