The St. Louis Rams lost for the sixth time this season. This most recent loss came at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams were in control of the game, holding a 14 to 10 lead through the third quarter. In a flurry, the Cardinals posted 21 unanswered points in the fourth and final quarter, completely demoralizing the Rams. Deja vu.
This week does not look any better. The Rams are hosting the 7-2 Denver Broncos.
Players to Watch
Jared Cook showed how electric he could be last week against Arizona. Cook's 84 yards were a season high for him. His 59-yard touchdown catch is something Cook is capable of doing on the regular, but has failed to do so thus far. Why not? IDK? But given his much-hyped skill set, this dude should be doing this on the regular, like Jimmy Graham or Julian Thomas.
The Austin Davis Era in St. Louis is over. Shaun Hill will be the starter, Jeff Fisher announced on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Now with Hill under center – again – the Rams will be more conservative. Shaun will try to be the game manager he intended on being from the get go. Maybe the 13-year veteran can keep the miscues at a minimum.
Janoris Jenkins/Trumaine Johnson
Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are tasked with covering Manning's receivers. As if facing Peyton was not bad enough, his receivers – Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders – are some of the most dangerous in the game.
While Tru should have all the rust shaken off, this will be Janoris' second game back since going out because of an injured knee. He will have some rust to get rid of. More importantly, both corners have to quit having mental lapses resulting in either giving up big plays or pass interference penalties.
E.J. Gaines will also have plenty of snaps with the regular nickel corner, with LaMarcus Joyner sitting out this week's practices.
With Hill under center, the Rams will probably go run-first. This bodes well for Mason, et al. The Rams' stable of 'backs will surely get plenty of touches. Maybe the Rams' forgotten man, Zac Stacy, will also get some carries.
Getting the rushing game going might be a good strategy to keep Peyton off the field, BUT......Denver allows the least rushing yards in the league (67.0 yards per game). The offensive line will have to do a tremendous job to open up running lanes for the rushers.
It is well known Peyton Manning does not do well under pressure. Enter, Robert Quinn.
Quinn is on a "streak" of sorts. He enters Sunday's game having recorded at least one sack in the last four games. He has seven sacks so far – after not registering a sack in the first five games. He's not far off from where he was at this point last season (10 sacks in the first nine games) and it is seeming like Robert is just gearing up to have a monster game.
This game will not be a cake walk for Black Lightning. Left tackle Ryan Clady is an above average lineman, but we have seen Quinn make good O-Linemen look down right ugly.