ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys applies pressure to quarterback A.J. Feeley #4 of the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
It wasn't exactly a photo finish for the St. Louis Rams this week. They lost their sixth consecutive game of the season, thanks in large part to one of their worst defensive performances since Steve Spagnuolo, a former defensive coordinator, took over as head coach. In six losses, this was the fifth time the opposing team outscored the Rams by more than 12 points.
Any hopes of winning the NFC West are long gone. Any hope of beating an NFC West opponent also seems like a long shot at this point. So what constitutes a success at this point for the Rams?
More than anything, they just need to start playing like the team we saw glimpses of last year. That hasn't happened this season so far...not even close.
Since every AP photographer in America, so it seemed, was in the Dallas area for the World Series, we have a ton of photos from the game. If you can stand to relive the memories, just click on the image above, which looks like a realist interpretation of the Rams' last stand.