EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Two weeks into the season, the numbers are mind-boggling. Passing stats all over the league are at record levels and every NFL team seems to be embracing the evolution of the league.
On Wednesday, all of our reporters in every NFL city went and asked prominent players whether that evolution has created an environment in which teams are nearly impossible to defend. The use of the word impossible had some balking but for the most part, players acknowledged that things have indeed been headed in that direction.
In the St. Louis Rams locker room, I posed the question to the likes of middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, end Robert Quinn and quarterback Sam Bradford. The answers varied, but it seems that the prevalent feeling is that quarterbacks are more prepared than ever for the league, receivers are more talented than ever and even the rules have changed in a way to help offenses.
The Rams have both benefited and suffered from the quarterback revolution so far in 2013 as quarterback Sam Bradford is off to his best start, but the defense is among the league's worst at defending the pass.
Considering the emphasis on the passing game, things don't figure to get any easier for the Rams anytime soon. They've already seen Arizona's Carson Palmer with receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Atlanta's Matt Ryan team up with Julio Jones at their expense. Things won't get any easier this week with Dallas' Tony Romo and Dez Bryant next up on the schedule.
A quick roundup of yesterday's stories appearing here on ESPN.com. ... We started with a quick look at some of the numbers accompanying the Rams' streak of four games without allowing a sack. ... Cowboys reporter Todd Archer and I kicked around the Rams-Dallas game this weekend in Double Coverage. ... We look at the Rams' struggling pass defense and dived into reasons for the struggles. ... We called it a night with a quick injury update as the Rams got six regulars back to practice.
The ESPN NFL Live crew makes their picks on Rams-Cowboys along with an Associated Press preview of the game.
Over at Turf Show Times, they took a look at how the Rams have traditionally fared against No. 1 receivers and how they've done so far this year against some top-tier wideouts.
Bernie Miklasz, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, believes the Rams will see their toughest test yet in terms of an opposing pass rush.