EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In his first year as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, Jeff Fisher and his team dominated his new division by going 4-1-1 against the NFC West.
Ten games into 2013, Fisher hasn't been able to duplicate that performance, going 1-2 halfway through the divisional slate. Instead, Fisher has found his greatest success by going back to his roots.
Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans coach, left the AFC South after the 2010 season but from the way his Rams played against Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston and Indianapolis, one would never know it.
The Rams completed their four-game tour of Fisher's former division Sunday with a resounding 38-8 win against the Colts to finish with a 3-1 record. All three victories, which came against the Colts, Texans and Jaguars, were relatively stress-free for the Rams -- though they came up a touchdown short against the Titans.
A look at the numbers reveals some surprising results.
In their four games against the AFC South the Rams:
• Outscored opponents 131-69, including 110-41 in three wins.
• Were plus-11 in turnover margin with 14 takeaways and three giveaways.
• Had a total QBR of 72.3 and averaged 135.5 rushing yards per game.
• Posted 14 sacks with a sack rate percentage of 9.7.
Interestingly, the Rams were actually outgained by the AFC South opponents but that's more a product of having large leads in three of the four games and spending large chunks of the second half running the ball and the clock.
According to NFL scheduling methods, the Rams won't get to see the AFC South again until 2017 as they cycle through the West, North and East in that order. Based on what we've seen this season, that year can't come soon enough.