Around the NFC West: Rams make it 17

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams cannot fix what ails them simply by beating the Lions in Week 8. Burwell: "This is not about short-term pleasure. It has to be about climbing all the way back up the pro football summit, where the Rams used to dwell and these powerful Colts seem to be holding permanent residence. Who cares how close the Rams are to bad teams like Jacksonville or Washington, or even ordinary ones like Seattle and San Francisco. Who cares if at the end of this season all they have to show for their efforts is one measly victory against a miserable team like Detroit or Tennessee."

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wonders why in the world the Rams left Tim Carter active instead of the newly acquired Brandon Gibson. Not that it mattered to the outcome, of course, but I'd also like to hear the explanation for that one. Wasn't Gibson the guy who was going to help right away? Miklasz: "Can anyone explain to me why WR Tim Carter is on this team? What does he bring you? What’s the point? OK, he played for the NY Giants. I get it. Spags likes the Giants. But Carter can’t catch the ball. He can’t get open. He’s got a history of injuries. Other than that, he’s Paul Warfield. I don’t care if the new acquisition, Brandon Gibson, had only two practices this week after coming over in the trade with Philadelphia. Give him a uniform and put him on the field. Go with the talent. If the Rams think Gibson is a player, then get him going, and deactivate or release Carter. Ridiculous."

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com sees hope for the Rams. The Lions are next, after all.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams hung with the Colts as best they could for three quarters. Coach Steve Spagnuolo on what happened next: "That's not us. We haven't seen that before. We've got to get back to what we're doing, which is just battling and playing hard."

Also from Thomas: Steven Jackson couldn't get past the Rams' 0-7 record when answering questions Sunday.

Rod Kloeckner of the Bellevue News-Democrat says the Rams' Marc Bulger suffered through a difficult day against the Colts.

Steve Korte of the Bellevue News-Democrat says Rams long-snapper Chris Massey suffered what was believed to be a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Also from Korte: After facing Peyton Manning, the Rams draw Drew Brees and Kurt Warner in their next two home games.

Brian Stull of 101ESPN St. Louis offers postgame Rams notes, including this one: "With the exception of the flea-flicker play early in the game, there was no passing attack from the Rams. After that play, Bulger completed only 13 more passes for 90 yards. Lots of reasons for this -- some of the newer receivers cut the wrong direction, some passes were dropped, others were hurried. And after Indy built a comfortable lead there wasn't much open down the field--which led to some of Steven Jackson's big runs but ate up the clock."