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Rams @ Saints: Game Preview

ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-6) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3)

SERIES

RAMS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

38-30

STREAKS

3 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Spagnuolo: 0-1

Payton: 1-1

LAST WEEK

W 19-6 at Cardinals

W 34-30 at Bengals

LAST GAME

11/15/09: Saints 28 at Rams 23.  New Orleans RB Reggie Bush scores 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving) as Saints move to 9-0. 

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/11/07: Rams 37, Saints 29.  Trailing 7-0, St. Louis scores 34 consecutive points to take control of game.  QB Mark Bulger passes for 302 yards & 2 TDs. 

BROADCAST

FOX (3:05 PM CT): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jim Mora.  SIRIUS: 130 (StL.), 154 (NO).  XM: 109 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING

Bradford (R): 268-442-2,653-17-10-81.0

Brees: 337-485-3,634 (1C)-25 (1C)-16-94.6

RUSHING

S. Jackson: 260-985-3.8-4

Ivory (R): 123-636-5.2-5

RECEIVING

Amendola: 65-551-8.5-3

Colston: 71 (2C)-875 (3C)-12.3-5

OFFENSE

314.7

389.4 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

+5

-4

DEFENSE

333.0

307.1

SACKS

Hall: 7.5

Ellis: 5

INTs

Fletcher: 3

Greer: 2

PUNTING

D. Jones: 45.3

Morstead: 47.3 (2C)

KICKING

Jo. Brown: 94 (3C) (22/23 PAT; 24/29 FG)

Hartley: 75 (30/30 PAT; 15/20 FG)

 

NOTES

RAMS:  Rookie QB SAM BRADFORD aims for 3rd consecutive road win.  Needs 347 pass yards to become 3rd rookie QB with 3,000...RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 102 yards last week & tied MARSHALL FAULK for 2nd in team history with 27 100-yard games.  Needs 15 rush yards to become 1st Ram with 6 consecutive 1,000-yard rush seasons.  Aims for 4th in row vs. NO with TD.  Has 392 scrimmage yards (130.7 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 meetings...WR BRANDON GIBSON had 7 catches for career-high 93 yards in only meeting.  WR-PR-KR DANNY AMENDOLA has career-high 65 catches, 551 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs...S OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE aims for 3rd meeting in row with INT.  Had sack last week.  DE JAMES HALL has 2.5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 4 career meetings.  DE CHRIS LONG has 6 sacks in past 7.  Had sack in only meeting.  S CRAIG DAHL had sack & 1st career INT last week.  DT FRED ROBBINS had 2 sacks in Week 13 & aims for 3rd in row with sack...

SAINTS:  QB DREW BREES threw for 313 yards last week & has 21,932 yards since joining NO in 2006, most by QB in any 5-year span in NFL history.  Also became franchise leader in pass yards last week.  Aims for 4th in row with 300+ yards...RookieRB CHRISTOPHER IVORY rushed for 117 yards & 2 TDs last week & has 5 TDs in past 3.  RB REGGIE BUSH has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career meetings.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.) in past 13 at home (incl. playoffs)...In only home game vs. StL, WR MARQUES COLSTON had 8 catches for 129 yards (16.1 avg.).  Has 3 rec. TDs in past 3.  KR COURTNEY ROBY had 97-yard KR-TD & averaged 48.7 yards per KR in last meeting.  In past 3, WR ROBERT MEACHEM averages 30.1 yards per catch & has 3 TDs...LB JONATHAN VILMA had 38-yard INT-TD in 1/2/05 meeting (with NYJ).  Incl. playoffs, when Vilma has INT, his teams are 9-3 (.750).  Had sack last week.  DE WILL SMITHaims for 3rd in row vs. StL with sack.  S ROMAN HARPER has 15 tackles in 2 meetings.  Had sack in Week 13.  DT SEDRICK ELLIS had sack & FF last week.

   

Two streaking teams will meet on Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome.  The Rams, who are tied for first place in the NFC West, aim for their third consecutive road victory behind rookie quarterbackSAM BRADFORD and running back STEVEN JACKSON, who tied MARSHALL FAULK for the most 100-yard rushing games in team history last week (27).  The defending Super Bowl champion Saints have won five in a row and quarterback DREW BREES (21,932) became the franchise leader in passing yards last week, surpassing ARCHIE MANNING (21,734)

"We're looking forward to going down to New Orleans," says St. Louis head coach STEVE SPAGNUOLO, whose team defeated Arizona 19-6 in Week 13.  "We all know that this is one of the premier teams in the league.  They're the Super Bowl champs.  Hopefully what we've done on the road the past two games will help us.  It's a great challenge."

The Saints defeated Cincinnati 34-30 last week and have scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games during the club's five-game winning streak. 

"We have 25 percent of the season left," says New Orleans head coach SEAN PAYTON.  "We have a month of football remaining.  We're playing better football.  There are things we still have to clean up and get ready for St. Louis."