The Rams and an upset

October, 11, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams haven't won on the road outside the division since Marc Bulger completed 27 of 33 passes at New Orleans on Nov. 11, 2007.

The 37-29 victory meant a lot to the Rams' then-defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett, who was facing the Saints for the first time since serving as head coach in New Orleans. Haslett is back in the head-coaching role for the Rams as they head to Washington in Week 6. His offensive coordinator, Al Saunders, is facing the Redskins for the first time since Washington fired him after last season.

Anthony Brown, who writes about the Redskins for MVN.com, suggested a Rams upset could hinge on this and other issues relating to karma. The Redskins previously lost return matchups against Marty Schottenheimer, Brad Johnson and Norv Turner. Brown also notes that the Redskins are favored for the first time this season -- by 13 points, no less -- and that Johnson's 2003 redemption victory against the Redskins fell on Oct. 12.

First-year Redskins coach Jim Zorn does have a long history of success against Haslett, winning the last seven meetings between each man's teams. Zorn was with Seattle when the Seahawks swept Haslett and the Rams in 2006 and 2007. Zorn and the Seahawks also opened the 2003 and 2004 seasons with victories over the Saints when Haslett was New Orleans' head coach. Zorn was with Detroit in 2000 when the Lions beat Haslett and the Saints in the season opener.

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