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New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams: Game Preview

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-2) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-6)

SERIES

SAINTS

RAMS

SERIES LEADER

38-31

STREAKS

3 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-1

Spagnuolo: 0-2

LAST WEEK

W 62-7 vs. Colts

L 34-7 at Cowboys

LAST GAME

12/12/10: Rams 13 at Saints 31. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 221 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to WR Marques Colston in 1st quarter, as Saints defeat St. Louis.

LAST GAME AT SITE

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

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (NO), 138 (StL). XM: 228 (StL).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 212-299-2,477 (1L)-18 (2L)-8-104.6 (3L)

Bradford: 104-196-1,177-3-2-72.2

RUSHING

Ingram (R): 85-329-3.9-3

S. Jackson: 59-290-4.9-2

RECEIVING

Graham (TE): 45 (T1C)-674-15.0-5 (T3L)

Lloyd: 25-357-14.3-0

OFFENSE

467.1 (1C)

301.2

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-2

DEFENSE

349.3

410.3

SACKS

Harper: 3.5

Long: 3

INTs

P. Robinson: 2

4 tied: 1

PUNTING

Morstead: 49.8 (T2C)

Jones: 43.6

KICKING

Kasay: 73 (1L) (25/25 PAT; 16/18 FG)

Jo. Brown: 26 (5/5 PAT; 7/9 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTSLast week, became 3rd team in NFL history with 60+ points (62), 200+ rush yards (236) & 300+ pass yards (321) in same game...QB DREW BREES had 325 passing yards in Week 7 & has passed for 300+ in 6 of 7 games this season. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 27 games in row. Has TD pass in 34 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES had 2 TDs vs. Ind. (6-yard catch, 16-yard run). Is only player in NFL with 2 rush TD, 2 rec. TD & ret. TD. RB MARK INGRAM had career-high 91 rushing yards last week. Leads NFL rookies with 329 rush yards...TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in receptions (45) & yards (674). Needs 13 catches to surpass WESLEY WALLS (57 in 1995) for single-season franchise record for most rec. by TE. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 2 TDs in last meeting...S ROMAN HARPER had sack & FF in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2006, Harper has 13 sacks, most by DB. In 3 career meetings, LB JONATHAN VILMAhas 38-yard INT-TD, sack & FF...

RAMS: QB SAM BRADFORD has posted 100+ rating 3 times in career & Rams are 3-0 in those contests. Scored 1st career rushing TD in last meeting. Last week, QB A.J. FEELEY made 1st start since 12/2/07 (w/Phi.), completing 20 of 33 passes (60.6 pct.) for 196 yards...In 4 career starts vs. NO, RBSTEVEN JACKSON has 400 rushing yards  (100 per game) & 4 TDs. Since 2006, averages 114.9 scrimmage yards per game (8,731 yards, 76 games), most in NFL (min. 50 games). In 8 career starts vs. NO, RB CADILLAC WILLIAMS averages 84.9 scrimmage yards per game (679 total). Has 9 100-yard rush games in career & his teams are 8-1...In Rams debut (acquired via trade on 10/17), WR BRANDON LLOYD led team with 74 rec. yards vs. Dal. WR BRANDON GIBSON ranks 2nd on club with 17 catches & 3rd with 214 rec. yards... DE CHRIS LONG has 7 sacks in past 8 home games. DE JAMES HALL (59 career sacks) had sack last week & needs 1 more to reach 60. DT GARY GIBSON aims for 3rd consecutive game with sack. S QUINTON MIKELL had FF last week.