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Morning Ram-blings: Getting over .500

10/17/2013

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher doesn't change much from week to week. No matter the opponent or the situation, he simply wants to finish with one more point than the team on the other side.

Something as petty as a team's record doesn't make much difference to Fisher. That's not to say he doesn't care about the results his team is getting but it does mean he prefers not to let those numbers affect his team.

So, what would a win against Carolina on Sunday mean to Fisher?

“It would mean that we won the next game on our schedule, which we’re trying to do," Fisher said. "That’s the object -- one more point.”

While a week 7 victory shouldn't set off any parades or wild celebrations, one this week would provide at least some small sign of progress for a franchise that hasn't had many in the past decade.

Should the Rams emerge with one more point than the Panthers, they'll move to 4-3 on the season. It would be the first time they've achieved a record above .500 at this point in the season or later since 2006 when they finished 8-8.

It's almost hard to believe the Rams haven't been better than .500 at this point in the season since 2006, but given the failures of recent years, there are plenty of statistics just like this one.

A win would put the Rams in a good spot to get further above .500 with back-to-back home games to follow. It would also give them a full-fledged winning streak. A three-game winning streak would be only the second the team has had since 2007.

I.C.Y.M.I

A daily rundown of the Rams stories running on ESPN.com on Thursday. ... Following the Ram-blings, we took a look at Carolina safety Quintin Mikell and his departure from St. Louis. ... From there, we dived into the emergence of Zac Stacy as the team's starting running back. ... Next was the daily injury report before we finished the day with a glance at receiver Brian Quick's increased opportunities.

Elsewhere:

Our Panthers reporter David Newton offered a couple of interesting Rams-related looks.

First, he discussed the issues the Rams will deal with tackling Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Next, he took a look at Newton and Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and the expectations that go with being No. 1 overall picks.

Over at stltoday.com, Rams writer Jim Thomas offered his take on Mikell.

Joe Lyons provided a glimpse at the hard work linebacker Alec Ogletree is putting in and how that has led to early success.

At Foxsports.com, we get our seemingly daily look at rookie Tavon Austin and what might be wrong with him or how the Rams are using him. Apparently six games is enough to judge a rookie.

The Associated Press previews the Rams-Panthers game.