Around the NFC West: Rams own Cards

Around the NFC West: Nov. 26, 2012

The St. Louis Rams have now played four games against NFC West opponents since Jeff Fisher took over as head coach.

They are 3-0-1 in those games. They have allowed one touchdown pass, collected seven interceptions, recorded 18 sacks and held opposing quarterbacks to a dismal 24.5 Total QBR score in those four games.

The Rams have allowed 12 touchdowns passes while picking off only five and recording 13 sacks against all the other quarterbacks they have faced. Those other opposing quarterbacks have posted a 73.7 QBR score against St. Louis, with 50 as average and 65-plus generally consistent with Pro Bowl-caliber play over a full season. A skeptic might note that the Rams will be fortunate to fare as well in return matches against the improved Russell Wilson and the emergent Colin Kaepernick.

None of that mattered Sunday because the Rams were facing Ryan Lindley of the Arizona Cardinals. Lindley was making his first NFL start. The Rams intercepted Lindley four times, returning two for touchdowns. They feasted on Lindley in the second half.

The Rams now stand third in the NFC West standings at 4-6-1, ahead of the Cardinals (4-7). That is significant for St. Louis. The team has now doubled its victory total from last season. Beating San Francisco in Week 14 could be tough, but the Rams already battled the 49ers to a tie recently. They should match up reasonably well against Buffalo (road) and Minnesota (home) in the coming weeks.

If only they could play the Cardinals a couple more times.