For a struggling team like the St. Louis Rams, the little things matter. That's why this morning's news that starters WR Mike Sims-Walker and LB Ben Leber did not surprise us for long. Instead the team will go with younger, less experienced players at those positions. It could be the most important move they've made this season.
Leber and Sims-Walker have played very poorly this season. Sims-Walker had three ugly drops in the Rams' week 4 loss to Washington, including what might have been a game-tying touchdown. Accountability prevailed over the usual sound logic of playing their best players.
And why not? The Rams face impossible odds today. Might as well let the young and hungry get a chance, let them see what a winner looks like. If the Rams play well today, or even come close to the upset, we'll look back at this move and see it as the key to the game.
Chris Chamberlain will start at WLB. Danario Alexander and Brandon Gibson will be the starting wide receivers.
Also inactive is Jerious Norwood and CB Rod Hood. Al Harris and Justin King will start, hence the even longer odds versus Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, with Josh Gordy as the third corner.
Inactives: TE Stephen Spach, LB Ben Leber, WR Mike Sims-Walker, WR Nick Miller, CB Rod Hood, RB Jerious Norwood, DE C.J. Ah You