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Around the NFC West: Rams fall short

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are 0-16 since Oct. 18, 2008. Miklasz: "In the NFL they don’t hand out trophies and ribbons for trying hard. And 0-6 is really bad. And 16 consecutive losses is unacceptable. But I respected the Rams’ effort and determination and several aspects of their performance at Jaxville. There have been many times since the start of the 2007 season when I’ve wanted to stop watching the game, because the Rams have been so weak in terms of competitive character. I’ve seen too many Rams games where the players don’t care, and these no-shows are disgusting. Watching Sunday’s game, I saw a group of players who were doing everything and anything they could to win a game. And I respect that. I think the Rams are getting better."

Turf Show Times' VanRam says the Rams should have gone for the end zone instead of kicking the tying field goal with 7 seconds remaining. I understand the thinking, but if the Rams had called a pass play and given up a sack or worse, we'd be talking about coach Steve Spagnuolo's strategic gaffe.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says this Rams defeat might hurt more than any of them given how close the Rams came to winning. Spagnuolo: "I don't have any magical words. I just asked them to hang together, hang tough."

Also from Thomas: Spagnuolo defends his decision to kick a field goal at the end of regulation. Also, the Rams hope Donnie Avery's hip injury isn't serious.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Marshall Faulk would welcome a chance to become part-owner of the Rams, though no one has contacted the retired running back.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Leonard Little showed heart in making a game-changing interception return for a touchdown despite playing with strep throat.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Torry Holt picked a good time for his first 100-yard game since 2007. Rams cornerback Ron Bartell: "He has a lot of juice left, if you ask me. Things didn't work out for him like he wanted to [in St. Louis], so he moved on and he's happy."

Also from Coats: "When he finally trudged from the trainer's room to his locker Sunday, Rams defensive end Leonard Little was a mess. His eyes were swollen, his face puffy, his white uniform pants dotted with blood and grass stains. Little, 34, spent Friday in bed, suffering from strep throat. He wasn't feeling any better Sunday."

More from Coats: a Rams report card with a C-minus grade for the offensive line.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon as saying the Rams are "on the verge" of winning. Guard Richie Incognito: "When Leonard scores that touchdown, I was thinking, 'Wow, these are the things that usually happen to us.' It's usually the other team that intercepts the ball and goes into the end zone. But this time, it was us. It was Leonard running in for the score, and now I'm thinking, 'Holy crap! We're going to win this ballgame.'"