Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Get to know the St. Louis Rams
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars hit the road again for the third time in five games this season, this time heading to St. Louis to play the 1-3 Rams. They haven’t faced the Rams since 2009 and haven’t played in St. Louis since the 2005 season.
The Rams are coming off a 35-11 home loss to San Francisco. The Rams had trouble running the ball again (18 yards on 19 attempts), totaled just 188 yards, and gave up 219 yards rushing. Frank Gore ran for 153 yards one week after Dallas’ DeMarco Murray ran for 175.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET (CBS).
Here’s a look at the Rams:
Last week: Lost to San Francisco 35-11.
Coach: Jeff Fisher, second season (8-11-1); 20th season overall (150-131-1).
Offensive coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer.
Defensive coordinator: Tim Walton.
Series record: Rams lead 2-1.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE
QB Sam Bradford: Bradford leads the NFL in passing attempts but ranks last in average gain per pass attempt (6.01 yards). That means the Rams are throwing a lot of short passes and trying to work underneath. Bradford has mostly been solid, completing 59 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
WR Tavon Austin: The rookie speedster from West Virginia was viewed as one of the most electrifying players in the draft, and he has caught 20 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He’s only averaging 6.2 yards per catch, hardly the big-time playmaker the Rams thought they were getting.
TE Jared Cook: He’s another player who was supposed to flourish this season, and he has caught 17 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He’s a big target (6-5, 248) who can run. That’s a bad matchup for the Jaguars, who have struggled covering tight ends this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
DE Chris Long: The former No. 2 overall pick led the Rams in sacks (11.5) and QB hurries (50) in 2012 but has amassed just seven tackles and half of a sack in four games this season. The defense has struggled -- giving up 30 or more points in three consecutive games -- and Long called the performance “disgusting.” The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Long is the Rams’ left defensive end, which means he’ll be lining up against Jaguars rookie right tackle Luke Joeckel.
CB Janoris Jenkins: Jenkins make a splash as a rookie in 2012, making 73 tackles, knocking down 14 passes, and returning three of his four interceptions for touchdowns. The Rams are playing more soft zone coverage this season, which doesn’t allow for Jenkins to do what he does best: cover guys one-on-one.
LB Alec Ogletree: The 6-2, 242-pound rookie from Georgia has already forced two fumbles and knocked down two passes. He also leads the team with 31 tackles.
When teams trimmed their rosters to 53 in late August, the Rams had the NFL’s youngest roster with an average age of 24.98. … The Rams have beaten the Jaguars both times the game has been played in the Edward Jones Dome. … Fisher is third among active coaches with 150 career victories. He trails only New England’s Bill Belichick (190) and Denver’s Mike Shanahan (168). New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is one victory behind Fisher. … St. Louis and Cleveland are the only two teams that have yet to score a rushing touchdown this season.