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ST LOUIS (3 - 3) at CAROLINA (2 - 3)
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Week 7 Sunday, 10/20/2013 1:00 PM
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411ST LOUIS41.542
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-3+2.12-45-123.59.5295.7(4.8)1.025.713.5388.7(6.3)2.0
Road Games1-2+1.11-22-123.06.7289.7(5)0.725.015.7403.0(6.5)1.7
Last 3 Games2-1+3.12-13-027.714.7251.7(4.4)0.722.710.0384.3(6.1)3.0
Grass Games1-0+3.11-01-038.017.0216.0(5.3)
ST LOUIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.59.518.728:5222-72(3.2)23-3959.2%224(5.8)61-296(4.8)(12.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.212.619.930:0827-114(4.2)21-3461.9%234(6.9)61-349(5.7)(13.3)
Offense Road Games23.06.718.727:0218-68(3.7)24-4060.8%222(5.5)58-290(5)(12.6)
Defense (All Games)25.713.521.231:0828-130(4.6)22-3367.0%258(7.7)62-389(6.3)(15.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.210.42030:1924-97(4)24-3763.1%245(6.5)62-342(5.5)(16.1)
Defense Road Games25.015.722.332:5827-127(4.8)26-3573.3%276(7.9)62-403(6.5)(16.1)
ST LOUIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-643.0%1-050.0%1-35(23.3)2-5(2.3)7-70
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.50.72.2 13-536.0%1-040.1%2-50(24.7)14-2(7.3)6-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-647.4%1-166.7%2-38(22.8)3-9(3.2)7-73

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-1.82-32-321.810.2334.6(5.3)1.813.62.4299.2(5.2)2.2
Home Games1-1+0.11-10-222.512.0322.5(5.3)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.82-11-226.312.3374.0(5.7)
Grass Games1-1+0.11-10-222.512.0322.5(5.3)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.810.222.233:3332-134(4.1)19-3160.8%201(6.6)63-335(5.3)(15.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.413.722.133:3328-109(3.8)24-3961.5%258(6.7)67-367(5.5)(13.9)
Offense Home Games22.512.021.533:1635-159(4.5)15-2562.0%163(6.5)60-322(5.3)(14.3)
Defense (All Games)13.62.417.626:2723-89(3.8)23-3468.4%210(6.2)57-299(5.2)(22)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.210.419.328:0427-113(4.2)20-3458.9%227(6.6)61-340(5.5)(15.3)
Defense Home Games6.01.514.026:4321-65(3.1)19-3065.0%195(6.5)51-260(5.1)(43.3)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-538.5%1-033.3%0-8(21)2-17(10.9)6-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.60.92.5 13-534.5%1-045.4%2-50(24)15-2(7.8)6-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-436.0%0-00.0%0-12(24)2-24(9.6)7-77
Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 18,  CAROLINA 19.2
ST LOUIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ ATLANTA24-31L4L48O18-6932-55-352116-3633-43-3570
9/22/2013@ DALLAS7-31L3L48U12-3529-49-197134-19317-24-2031
9/26/2013SAN FRANCISCO11-35L3L43O19-1819-41-170240-21915-23-1512
10/13/2013@ HOUSTON38-13W9.5W42.5O25-9912-16-117030-15327-38-2674
10/20/2013@ CAROLINA            
11/10/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS            

CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ BUFFALO23-24L-3.5L43.5O32-12521-38-183133-14927-39-2872
9/22/2013NY GIANTS38-0W2W47U46-19415-27-208216-6014-27-903
10/6/2013@ ARIZONA6-22L-3L41U20-9521-39-258428-9019-28-1603
10/13/2013@ MINNESOTA35-10W2.5W44.5O39-13120-26-236013-7532-44-2152
10/20/2013ST LOUIS            
10/24/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/10/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            
11/18/2013NEW ENGLAND            
ST LOUIS: Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has always been more of a finesse coach, and the loss of Steven Jackson will force him away from the ground game. They may have to install some more zone looks, with outside runner Daryl Richardson the only proven back on the roster. Isaiah Pead, more of a one-cut back, has a shot at a bigger role after a poor showing as a rookie, as does rookie Zac Stacy. There's a chance big back Terrance Ganaway could work his way into the rotation, as the team's only true power runner. The Rams will spread it out and go with a lot of short, catch-and-run stuff. Rookie Tavon Austin steps into Danny Amendola's slot position and should lead the team in targets, getting the ball on a lot of short and behind-the-line-of-scrimmage passes. Sam Bradford prefers to work over the middle, so there will be enough balls for Austin and TE Jared Cook, who should be option 1A. Chris Givens is a field stretcher, and they'll look for more catch-and-run stuff out of developing flanker Brian Quick. Schottenheimer has always gotten pass-happy in the red zone, and that should be the case again with no proven power runner. Expect a lot of stuff for Cook near the goal line. Austin Pettis saw a lot of red zone looks last year, though he could be pushed to the bench by Quick. The Rams posted a whopping 52 sacks last season, which tied for the NFL lead. But this unit had just four fumble recoveries all season and failed to pick off a pass in nine of the final 12 games. Talent does exist for new defensive coordinator Tim Walton though, with DEs Chris Long (11.5 sacks) and Robert Quinn (10.5 sacks) and LB James Laurinaitis (142 tackles) standing out among the front seven, and CBs Cortland Finnegan (83 solo tackles) and Janoris Jenkins (4 INT) both strong cover men in a solid secondary.
CAROLINA: New offensive coordinator Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach, so there won't be many offensive changes. Carolina uses a zone-blocking scheme in a number of looks, from spread to wishbone. Jonathan Stewart figures to lead the RB committee in carries, with DeAngelo Williams in a No. 2 role and Mike Tolbert splitting time at halfback and fullback. They use a lot of zone read options with Cam Newton, who could very well lead the team in rushing again as Shula is committed to letting his star pupil make plays. This is a vertical passing game that works off the threat of the run. Shula will continue to make it a point to feed Steve Smith any time he's in single coverage. Smith still does most of his work downfield. Flex TE Greg Olsen serves as essentially a No. 2 receiver, working up the seam most of the time but also coming back on some checkdowns in the middle of the field. They started to work in Brandon LaFell last year as a catch-and-run guy, and he figures to kick inside when they increasingly go three-wide with field-stretcher Domenik Hixon outside. The red zone will continue to be where Newton takes over. He had nearly half the team's rushing attempts inside the 10 last year, and he and Tolbert essentially split goal line chances. When they throw, Olsen figures to be the No. 1 target. This defense will need another year or two before becoming an above-average unit. LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles as a rookie, and the Panthers drafted two large DTs in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short who will be great down the road. But although no Carolina player had more than two interceptions in 2012, the team did nothing to bolster its secondary. The best cover men are underwhelming CBs Josh Norman and Josh Taylor, and top SS Haruki Nakamura has no business being a starter in the NFL.
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*Rams-Panthers Preview* =======================


After a rough stretch, Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams have turned things around with back-to-back victories.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers hope more bold play-calling will help them find some consistency.

Bradford looks for another strong performance to keep the visiting Rams rolling Sunday, while Newton and the Panthers go for their second straight win in the first matchup between these former No. 1 overall draft picks.

St. Louis (3-3) opened 2013 by rallying for a 27-24 win over Arizona before averaging 14.0 points during a three-game losing streak. The Rams bounced back with a 34-20 victory over winless Jacksonville on Oct. 6 and are coming off their most impressive performance of the season, a 38-13 win in Houston last Sunday.

"They really never lost their confidence, they just lost games," coach Jeff Fisher said.

Bradford, the top overall pick in 2010, has been a big part of St. Louis' turnaround. He's completed 31 of 50 passes for 339 yards and six touchdowns with a 121.6 passer rating over the past two games after coming under increased scrutiny while posting a 77.1 mark during the skid.

His 134.6 rating against the Texans was a career high.

"He's been great, no mistakes," Fisher said. "He's managing the game. He's carrying on."

Newton, the top pick in the 2011 draft, did more than that while leading the Panthers (2-3) to a 35-10 win at Minnesota last week. He connected on 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns and ran for 30 yards and a TD on nine carries.

However, it was coach Ron Rivera's gutsy decisions that helped Carolina win on the road for the first time in three tries. He opted to go twice on fourth-and-1 on the opening drive, with the second resulting in Newton's 2-yard TD toss to Steve Smith.

"Sometimes you play by the book and you miss opportunities," Rivera said. "It's been an enlightening situation for me and one of the things I want to try to do is make sure we're in the best position to win."

Newton is hoping the success leads to more daring decisions from Rivera, a former defensive coordinator.

"For him to trust us means a lot and it speaks volumes," Newton said. "He is a defensive coach by nature, so he always has that conservative mentality. But I think that he is kind of breaking his mold to a degree, and giving the whole team confidence with him."

The Panthers are showing some growing confidence at home, winning three of four dating to last season. They beat the New York Giants 38-0 in their last home game in Week 3.

Building on that success likely means capitalizing on the Rams' struggles against the run. They're surrendering an average of 165.3 yards over the past four games, but the defense has created seven turnovers in the last two. St. Louis brought back two takeaways for touchdowns last week, including a 98-yard interception return by rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree.

"We know our hands are going to be full against a team that's also coming off a big win, but if we get a lot of help from our fans and execute up to our capabilities, we'll be OK," Newton told the team's official website.

"We're all excited about getting the opportunity to play at (home). It feels like it's been a long time, but at the same time we're coming in with a little bit of momentum. That's what you want."

The same could be said of St. Louis' running game, which seems to have found a reliable contributor in rookie Zac Stacy after Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead failed to impress. Stacy has 157 yards while starting the last two games, and his 4.9 per-carry average is 2.0 more than Richardson, who started three of the first four contests.

Running room may be limited, though, with Carolina ranking fourth in the NFL with 88.8 yards allowed per game after holding the Vikings to 75. The Panthers are third in the league in total defense, yielding an average of 299.2 yards, and they've given up 230.0 over the past three games while creating eight turnovers.

The Rams ended a four-game losing streak to the Panthers with a 20-10 win Oct. 31, 2010, as Bradford completed 25 of 32 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Bradford has led St. Louis to three consecutive wins just once, Nov. 25-Dec. 9 of last season.

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