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Game thread: Rams @ Detroit, week 5


Alright Rams fans, this is the place to be, cold beer at the ready, sundry grilled meats on hand, chips, God bless the chips...

(Don't forget to Facebook us and chat it up with me on Twitter during the game).

The St. Louis Rams take on the Lions in Detroit today, scene of Spagnuolo's first win as an NFL head coach and the only win of the Rams 2009 campaign, a campaign that did at least land them QB Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the draft. That pick is already paying dividends as the Rams offense has been able to move the ball, score points and win games.

Of course, the defense has been quietly impressive as well, limiting opponents to just 13 points per game. They've got real test today facing a Lions team stacked with playmakers. The most impressive part of the Rams defense, in my opinion: balance. They've got a -0.9 percent DVOA against the pass (12th) and a -17.2 percent DVOA against the run (8th). Being strong in both facets is key, and if you look at the better defenses in the league, with the notable exception of Baltimore.

Out today are DT Clifton Ryan, DT Darrell Scott, LB Chris Chamberlain, TE Billy Bajema, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, RB Chauncey Washington and OT Renaldo Foster. Washington and Foster are the only players not injured. Looks like CB Justin King will be in the mix today, though I can't imagine he's at 100 percent given his injury this week. Will that impact the Rams pass defense? We'll see.