|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.2||2-1||0-3||14.0||8.7||229.3||(4.2)||1.3||13.0||6.7||291.7||(4.6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||19.2||11.0||15.2||28:40||26-95||(3.6)||17-29||57.8%||183||(6.2)||55-278||(5)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||20.3||9.9||18.9||29:42||23-86||(3.7)||22-37||59.7%||238||(6.5)||60-323||(5.4)||(15.9)|
|Offense Road Games||14.5||8.0||13.0||28:05||22-68||(3.1)||17-30||58.3%||137||(4.6)||52-205||(4)||(14.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||18.8||10.2||21.0||31:20||26-117||(4.4)||23-37||62.3%||218||(6)||63-335||(5.3)||(17.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||9.8||20.6||32:59||29-117||(4)||21-34||63.1%||227||(6.7)||63-344||(5.5)||(14.5)|
|Defense Road Games||25.0||10.0||24.0||31:55||26-93||(3.6)||24-39||62.0%||258||(6.5)||65-351||(5.4)||(14.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4||0.4||13-5||35.9%||0-0||50.0%||1-21||(21.4)||2-22||(9.1)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.9||2||2.6||13-4||34.8%||1-0||61.5%||2-59||(25.6)||23-2||(10.6)||6-60|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||1.0||12-3||28.0%||0-0||0.0%||1-24||(24.5)||1-13||(8.7)||5-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.6||0.2||1.8|| ||13-4||32.8%||1-0||33.3%||2-45||(22.6)||3-34||(10.7)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.4||1.4|| ||13-5||33.9%||1-0||51.5%||2-51||(25.1)||23-3||(8.5)||7-65|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||2.0||0.0||2.0|| ||11-4||34.8%||0-0||100.0%||2-52||(20.8)||4-46||(11.5)||4-36|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||2-0||2-1||19.3||10.0||380.0||(5.4)||2.7||20.0||3.0||327.7||(4.8)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||20.6||8.0||19.6||31:28||34-136||(4)||19-34||57.4%||237||(7)||68-373||(5.5)||(18.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||8.9||20||31:32||28-122||(4.3)||20-34||60.3%||226||(6.7)||62-348||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Offense Home Games||27.5||8.5||23.5||34:07||43-224||(5.2)||17-33||51.5%||192||(5.8)||76-416||(5.5)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.6||8.6||19.0||31:38||23-60||(2.6)||24-43||55.8%||283||(6.6)||66-343||(5.2)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||12.1||18.6||30:05||26-91||(3.5)||21-35||59.7%||233||(6.7)||61-324||(5.3)||(14.7)|
|Defense Home Games||18.0||6.5||19.5||30:21||23-55||(2.4)||22-46||48.4%||336||(7.2)||70-392||(5.6)||(21.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||1.2||2.4||-0.8||15-6||41.3%||1-0||33.3%||2-60||(25)||3-41||(12.7)||5-43|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.7||0.8||1.5||1.6||14-5||39.2%||1-0||59.3%||3-71||(24.8)||26-3||(10.3)||7-59|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.5||18-9||52.8%||0-0||100.0%||2-46||(23)||4-52||(11.6)||7-43|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.2||1.6|| ||15-4||26.3%||1-1||100.0%||3-60||(21.6)||3-32||(10.7)||6-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.6||0.6||1.2|| ||14-5||33.7%||1-1||60.2%||2-50||(24)||30-3||(11.4)||6-49|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.5||0.0||1.5|| ||14-3||24.1%||0-0||100.0%||3-58||(19.3)||4-51||(12.9)||7-75|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 21, MIAMI 19.4|
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|10/21/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||*NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|10/28/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ST LOUIS: New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer comes from the Jets, where he often abandoned the run and prefers to get cute with a lot of play-action trickery. New offensive line coach Paul Boudreau figures to keep transitioning to more man blocking, a transition they started in 2011 with little success. Steven Jackson will still be relied on heavily as long as he remains healthy; rookie Isaiah Pead will be more of a return specialist and straight backup as Jackson's heir. Jackson will continue to take third down reps, and he figures to stay on the field to handle red zone carries. There's a lot of crossing and dragging in Schottenheimer's complicated offense, which is one that could be tough for the Rams' young WRs to pick up. Rookie Brian Quick and slot guys Danny Amendola and TE Lance Kendricks are likely the biggest beneficiaries from a targets standpoint, while outside guys like Chris Givens and Austin Pettis figure to see fewer balls. Quick is the guy St. Louis is counting on to be quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to receiver. While Quick's skills are certainly impressive, he's got a big adjustment to make coming from Appalachian State's spread offense. Schottenheimer always got pass-happy in the red zone, frequently using play-action even before he had a goal line weapon in Plaxico Burress in 2011. Only three teams forced fewer turnovers than the Rams did in 2011, and their horrible offense helped contribute to the rise in points and yards allowed. St. Louis did improve in the offseason with the signings of CB Cortland Finnegan and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, but those two guys aren't enough to make this an above-average unit. Chris Long's switch to left end after Leonard Little retired paid immediate dividends in 2010, and he then had a career-high 13 sacks last season with then-rookie RDE Robert Quinn drawing attention to the opposite side. James Laurinaitis has more tackles than any NFL player over the past three seasons, and he has yet to miss a game in his career. The question is whether he'll be as productive in what's expected to be a more aggressive scheme under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, the team seems ready to go into the season without a defensive coordinator'the coordinator work has been handled at various times over the past few months by assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, secondary coach Chuck Cecil and linebackers coach Blake Williams, the son of suspended Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was exiled indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. |
|MIAMI: The Dolphins will have a different look under new head coach Joe Philbin, as his West Coast offense figures to emphasize short catch-and-run plays rather than the between-the-tackles running to set up the pass that Miami has used in recent years. The running game itself will undergo a big change as they transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Reggie Bush has some experience in it, as the Saints sprinkled in zone plays during his time there. Daniel Thomas gets a fresh slate and has the tools (especially pass protection and receiving) to thrive in the new system. Neither Bush nor Thomas is a true short-yardage back, though Bush figures to get the first crack at the role. With the West Coast roots of Philbin and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, expect this year's attack to be much more catch-and-run, which suits rookie QB Ryan Tannehill even if veteran Matt Moore holds him off early. Brandon Marshall is gone and slot man Davone Bess figures to be a major beneficiary stat-wise. The backs and TE Anthony Fasano will play a bigger role in the receiving game as well, with Fasano serving as a target near the goal line on play-action. Brian Hartline and Chad Ochocinco figure to be targeted rarely. Fullback/H-back Charles Clay is a part-time player but should be in for an increase in reps and targets. He could end up surpassing Fasano in receiving numbers. Miami excelled in stopping the run in 2011, and wound up placing third in the NFL with 95.6 rushing YPG allowed. Although the defense did not markedly improve in its offense-focused draft, the Dolphins signed CB Richard Marshall and should remain capable of stopping opposing offenses that don't possess the passing game of a team like New England. Miami is switching to a 4-3 and Karlos Dansby will be the key to maintaining the team's performance against the run as its middle linebacker. Dansby's best years, however, came playing in a 3-4, making the move a bit of a risk. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Bush, Thomas injuries)
*Rams-Dolphins Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
The St. Louis Rams are above .500 for the first time in six seasons. If they want to stay there, the defense might have to do the heavy lifting again.
St. Louis goes for its first three-game winning streak since December 2006 on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, who are trying to win their fifth straight at home in this series.
The Rams (3-2) had little to celebrate in the previous five years with 15 victories during that span, but they've bested their win total from last season by one. The improved play has come under new coach Jeff Fisher, who was courted for the Miami job before being hired by St. Louis in January.
With a 17-3 victory over previously undefeated Arizona on Oct. 4, the Rams are above the break-even point for the first time since they were 4-3 in '06.
"I've never been there before," fifth-year defensive end Chris Long said. "I'm unfamiliar with the sound of it, but I'm liking it."
The Rams' strong play in the last two games has been due in large part to their defense, as they've allowed 16 points in that span. End Robert Quinn had three of the club's season-best nine sacks against the Cardinals and St. Louis gave up 45 rushing yards.
"Those guys played outstanding," said Sam Bradford, whose 141 passing yards were the second fewest of his career. "They've played great all year and they have kept us in a lot of games."
That's been critical as Bradford has struggled to lead an offense that's ranked 29th in the league with 278.0 yards per game. The Rams would be even worse offensively if not for rookie Greg Zuerlein, who's gone 13 for 13 on field goals and made four of at least 50 yards.
Bradford, who has a 78.6 rating, may have to look more to receiver Brandon Gibson and tight end Lance Kendricks on Sunday after leading receiver Danny Amendola suffered a clavicle injury against Arizona. Amendola, who has 32 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns, could be out for several weeks.
"Obviously, losing Danny is big," Bradford said. "Everyone knows that he's a big part of our offense. A lot of what we do runs through him."
The Rams' offense could get a boost if Steven Jackson can build on his season-best 76-yard rushing performance versus Arizona, but the Dolphins' run defense is tops in the NFL with 61.4 yards allowed per game as well as 2.7 yards per carry.
Miami hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last 19 games, its longest such streak since a 20-game run in 2002-03. The Dolphins limited Cincinnati to 80 yards on the ground in a 17-13 road win Sunday.
"We're getting the run shut down well and getting favorable down and distance where we can tee it up and go after the quarterback a little bit," coach Joe Philbin said. "That's only going to help us as we move forward."
Miami has recorded 11 of its 15 sacks in the last two contests and intercepted six passes in the past three. One INT came from safety Reshad Jones with 1:22 left last week to help the Dolphins rebound from back-to-back overtime losses.
While the Dolphins are making plays on defense, they'll need to cut down on their own turnovers, as they're tied for fourth in the league with 12. Rookie Ryan Tannehill has been picked off six times, though he's coming off an efficient 17-of-26, 223-yard effort against the Bengals. His 92.3 rating was a season best.
"He's getting better every single week and you can see it just in the way he puts us in the right spots, checking the plays and putting us on the right people to block," left tackle Jake Long told the Dolphins' official website. "When stuff breaks down he's able to make plays and the opponents we've faced in these first five games have been great defenses and really tough. He's handled it well and has been playing well in crunch time."
Tannehill's job could be tougher with a banged-up backfield. Reggie Bush was added to the injury report after being limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury he sustained Sept. 23, though he's yet to miss a game. Backup Daniel Thomas, meanwhile, is uncertain to play Sunday after suffering his second concussion this season against the Bengals.
Tannehill and receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess will face a St. Louis secondary that's recorded six interceptions - three by newcomer Cortland Finnegan - and has surrendered two passing TDs all season.
The Rams, winless in two road games, are 2-9 in this series. They've dropped four straight at Miami since their first visit, a 31-28 victory Oct. 3, 1976, when the team was based in Los Angeles.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:23:16 AM EST|