Bye week did few favors for Rams

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
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The St. Louis Rams went into their bye week with an 0-4 record and heightened injury concerns.

They emerge from their bye with the same record and the same injury concerns at cornerback and receiver in particular. Their short- and long-term prospects also took hits in Week 5:
  • The short term: The Rams visit the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, a losing proposition for any NFL team and especially one without its top three corners. But after the Packers fell behind 14-6 at Atlanta, they might naturally put additional emphasis on starting quickly against their next opponent. There should be no letup from Aaron Rodgers.
  • The long term: The Rams play all their division games in the second half of the season. That gives them an opportunity to make up considerable ground. But with San Francisco winning by 45 points and Seattle shocking the New York Giants on the road, the Rams awoke Monday morning with even more ground to make up. Their primary threats in the division appear to be ascending.

On the positive side, Steven Jackson will be healthier for the Rams after getting a week to rest the quadriceps injury that has slowed him this season. Quarterback Sam Bradford also should be fresher after taking 18 sacks in the first four games. The coaching staff has also had time to make tweaks that could give Bradford additional options against pressure.

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