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The   Rams 17-3 victory over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals gave St Louis their first winning record (3-2) since 2006.  In the course of the game the Rams defense sacked Cards QB Kolb 9 times (seems like that should be some kind of record).  Lance Kendricks and Chris Given caught TD passes and Steven Jackson had 18 touches for 76 yards.  James Laurinaitis, Cortland Finnegan, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Bradley Fletcher, Chris Long and Jermell Cudjo each had a sack for the Rams.

A lot of buzz has been created with the announcement of Steven Jackson’s renegotiated contract.  The new contract allows Jackson the option of voiding his contract and becoming a free agent in 2013.  Quite a few teams have hinted at having an interest.  A couple of the teams would be the Patriots, the Steelers, and of course the Rams.

Coming into week 5’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn had already dished out three sacks. He doubled that mark with the first multiple sack game of his career as he was able to sack Kevin Kolb three times. For the day he acquired six tackles (four solo) and deflected a pass.

Danny Amendola will miss a month or more, league sources indicated to the Post-Dispatch on Friday, after suffering a separated SC joint trying to make a diving catch in the second quarter of Thursday’s 17-3 victory.

In the week six power rankings the Rams have moved up to 13th position. Their tough defense has been the key catalyst in recent victories.

The Rams Week 6 match up is against the 2-3 Miami Dolphins.  The Dolphins have received some bad press based on their clear dysfunction on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks.  But the Rams shouldn’t take them lightly as they just pulled off a solid win against the Bengals.  

Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff fainted while in general manager Les Snead’s office early Friday afternoon. Paramedics rushed to the scene and Demoff left on a stretcher.  The situation was not thought to be serious, but Demoff was taken to a hospital to undergo testing.

The Rams are looking at some crucial injuries as they are getting prepared for a tough portion of their 2012 schedule (after Miami they face Green Bay, New England at Wembley Stadium, and then the 49ers).  DEs Kendall Langford and Eugene Sims are out.  Starting Center Scott Wells has almost never been in.  And DB Quintin Mikell is questionable against Miami (plus many others).

With the Rams #1 WR out 4-8 weeks the Rams are scrambling to fill the void.  Veteran WR Steve Smith and rookie Brian Quick, each expected to contribute, have failed to even consistently make the active roster.  Common sense dictates that Givens, Gibson, and Kendricks should see a lot of playing time.

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