With the Randy Moss saga finally over, the Rams can now get back to enjoying their bye week, and continue to get some key players rested and healthy. While one can't argue that the bye week anytime after week 3 would have been welcome, a bye THIS week seems to be almost perfect.
Next week they travel to San Fransisco and face the rival 49ers in a game that is as important to this franchise as I can remember. It's also no secret that the next big obstacle the Rams must face is winning on the road.
I challenge you to think of a time in recent years, when the Rams entered a bye week before a game of such magnitude. I honestly can't think of one. I mean, seriously... getting rested and healthy before we face one of our biggest rivals, on the road (where we need to prove we can win)? It doesn't get much better than next week.
Can the Rams beat the 49ers and knock two monkey's off their back?
I realize Seattle and Arizona have owned this division as of late, but San Francisco has had all of the media attention and have been highly favored to win the NFC West. I also believe (aside from QB) that the Niners are a better team than their record indicates, particularly on defense. As a matter of fact, most media outlets still predict the 49ers to win the division, or at the very least, remain in the hunt until late December.
Make no mistake about it, the 49ers should not be taken lightly.
As far as injuries, I don't think I need to list all of the players who were happy to see the word "bye" on the calender, but one guy is certainly Steven Jackson who last week, helped us win a few days after surgery on his ring finger, allowing him to have use of only one hand.
Seriously, if you don't think Steven Jackson is the leader of this team, you need to re-evaluate things. When you look up "leader" or "toughness" in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Steven Jackson. Although, it's hard to deny Danny Amendola might be also included in the "toughness" listing.
With all that said, one thing is for certain; next weeks game at the 49ers is as big a game as I can remember. I realize that we aren't a super bowl team, but boy, a win next week would really elevate this franchise to a new level.