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Week 5 - Rams vs. Cardinals

Week 5 - Rams vs. Cardinals

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The St. Louis Rams look to remain perfect at homethis season as they host the division rival ArizonaCardinals as part of the NFL Network’s ThursdayNight Football.The Rams improved to 2-0 at home and 2-2 on theseason with a 19-13 win over another division foe,Seattle, last week. St. Louis used three turnoverson defense and four field goals by rookie K GregZuerlein to defeat the Seahawks last week.Thursday’s game is the Rams’ first primetimegame at home since Pittsburgh visited St. Louis inDecember of 2007. This week’s game will be theteam’s eighth Thursday night game in franchise history.
RAMS HOST CARDINALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT
VISIT OUR MEDIA WEBSITE AT MEDIA.STLOUISRAMS.COM 
ARTIS TWYMAN
- SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONSATWYMAN@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8759
JULIA FARON
- MANAGER OF MEDIA RELATIONSJFARON@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8766
CASEY PEARCE
- MANAGER OF MEDIA INFORMATIONCPEARCE@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8765
K Greg Zuerlein 
Sun. 9/9 at Detroit L, 27-24
Sun. 9/16 Washington
W, 31-28Sun. 9/23 at Chicago L, 23-6
Sun. 9/30 Seattle
W, 19-13
Thurs. 10/4 Arizona 7:20 p.m. NFLN
Sun. 10/14 at Miami Noon Fox
Sun. 10/21 Green Bay Noon FoxSun. 10/28 New England* Noon CBS
Sun. 11/4 BYESun. 11/11 at San Francisco 3:15 p.m. Fox
Sun. 11/18 N.Y. Jets Noon CBS
Sun. 11/25 at Arizona 3:15 p.m. Fox
Sun. 12/2 San Francisco Noon Fox
Sun. 12/9 at Buffalo Noon Fox
Sun. 12/16 Minnesota Noon Fox
Sat. 12/23 at Tampa Bay Noon FoxSun. 12/30 at Seattle 3:15 p.m. Fox
*At Wembley Stadium in London, England
2012 SCHEDULE
Monday, October 1
-Practice: 3:30-4:50 p.m.-Coach Fisher available-Open locker room: 4:50-5:30p.m.
Tuesday, October 2
-Practice: 4 - 6 p.m.-Coach Fisher available-Open locker room: 6-6:30p.m.Conference Calls:CB Patrick Peterson - 5 p.m.Ken Whisenhunt - Noon
Wednesday, October 3
No Availability
Thursday, October 4
Ramsvs.CardinalsEdward Jones Dome7:20 p.m.
Friday, October 5
TBD
Saturday, October 6
No Availability
THIS WEEK’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY
W
EEK
5
A
RIZONA
C
ARDINALS
(4-0)
AT
S
T
. L
OUIS
R
AMS
(2-2)
Thursday, October 4, 2012, Edward Jones Dome, 7:20 C.T.
TELEVISION
NFL Network KPLR ch. 11 St. Louis 
Play-by-Play:
Brad Nessler
Color Analyst:
Mike Mayock
Sideline Reporter:
Alex Flanagan
BROADCAST INFORMATION
RADIO
WXOS (101.1 FM)
Play-by-Play:
Steve Savard
Color Analyst:
D’Marco Farr
Sideline Reporter:
Tony Softli
NATIONAL RADIO
Dial Global Radio 
Play-by-Play:
Ian Eagle
Color Analyst:
Trent Green
Sideline Reporter:
Laura Okmin
 
WR Brandon Gibson
 – Caught two passes for 28 yards againstSeattle. Has 10 rec. for 151 yards and two touchdowns on the sea-son.
LT Wayne Hunter
Ninth-year pro has started last two gamesat left tackle. Has started 23 games and appeared in 67 during NFLcareer.
LG Quinn Ojinnaka
Started each of last three weeks at leftguard. Has started 18 games in seven NFL seasons.
C Rob Turner -
Has appeared in 45 games with six starts.Started at RG in Week 1 before moving to center after injury toScott Wells. Started at C in Weeks 2-4.
RG Harvey Dahl
Mauling road grater has 20 consecutivestarts with Rams. Started all 16 games last season, including 10 atRG and six at RT after injuries forced him to slide over.
RT Barry Richardson
Started at right tackle each of first fourgames. First-year Ram started 33 games at right tackle in four sea-sons with Kansas City.
TE Matthew Mulligan
 – Has caught three passes for 26 yardson the season. Blocked a punt and caught game-winning touch-down pass, his first NFL TD, vs. Washington. First-year Ram previ-ously played for the New York Jets.
WR Danny Amendola
 – 
 
Caught six passes for 55 yards vs.Seahawks last week. Ranks second in NFL with 31 receptionsthis season. Caught 15 for 160 and a touchdown in Week 2 vs.Washington.
QB Sam Bradford
Top overall pick in 2010 draft passed for221 yards in win over Seattle. Recorded career-best 117.6 passerrating in Week 2 vs. Washington.
FB Brit Miller
Has appeared in all four games this season.Appeared in 12 games with two starts at fullback last season andwas a key contributor on special teams.
RB Steven Jackson
Rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries inWeek 4. Three-time Pro Bowler rushed for 1,145 yards last season.Is leading rusher among active NFL running backs and holds NFL’slongest active streak of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (7).
KEY CONTRIBUTORS
WR Chris Givens
Fourth-round draft pick has three catchesfor 61 yards on the season, including a 52-yard catch last week vs.Seattle.
RB Daryl Richardson
Had six carries for 16 yards vs. Seattle.Rushed 15 times for 83 yards, including a 53-yard run, in Week 2.Rookie ranks second in rushing touchdowns, fifth in rushing yardsand fourth in points scored in Abilene Christian history.
WR Austin Pettis
Second-year pro caught two passes for 22yards last week. Caught 27 passes for 256 yards as a rookie in2011.
RB Isaiah Pead
Served as Rams’ kick returner in Weeks1-3. Second round pick was First-Team All-Big East and Big EastOffensive Player of the Year in 2012. Ranks third in Bearcats his-tory with 3,288 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns.
TE Lance Kendricks
Caught two passes for 22 yards vs.Seahawks.
 
Has nine rec. for 81 yards this season. Second roundpick in 2011 had 28 receptions for 352 yards as a rookie.
OFFENSE
LDE Chris Long
Has 2.0 sacks this season and leads Ramswith 10 QB pressures and six QB hits. Led team with career-high13.0 sacks in 2011. Signed five-year contract extension in July.
LDT Kendall Langford -
Had two tackles in win over Seattle.Signed with Rams as a free agent in March. Played in 64 gameswith 55 starts with Miami.
RDT Michael Brockers
Made NFL debut last week after miss-ing Weeks 1-3 due to ankle injury. First-round draft pick was aSecond-Team All-SEC selection at LSU.
RDE Robert Quinn
Recorded a sack last week to give him 3.0on the season. Rams’ 2011 top draft choice had 5.0 sacks and 14quarterback hits in 15 games as a rookie.
SLB Rocky McIntosh
Record his first interception as a Ramand had five tackles last week. Seventh-year pro recorded 73 tack-les for Washington last season.
MLB James Laurinaitis
Led the Rams with nine tackles vs.Seattle. Has 52 stops on the season. Led the team in tackles forthird time in as many seasons with the club as he posted 142 stopsin 2011. Signed five-year contract extension prior to Week 1.
WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Tallied six tackles last week and had firstcareer interception in Week 1. Has four tackles for loss this season.
LCB Cortland Finnegan
Recorded one interception in each offirst three games as a Ram. Boasts 17 career INTs. Returned INT31 yards for a touchdown in Week 1. Former Pro Bowler has 83career starts.
RCB Janoris Jenkins
Had three tackles and one passdefensed in Week 4.
 
Delivered his first career interception in NFLdebut at Detroit. Selected 39th overall in April’s draft.
FS Craig Dahl
Posted four tackles vs. Seattle and had eighttackles in Week 1. Totaled 54 tackles on defense and tied for theteam lead with 14 special teams stops in 2011.
SS Quintin Mikell
Had five tackles in Week 4. Second amongRams with 100 tackles last season. Also had a sack, four forcedfumbles and two interceptions in 2011.
KEY CONTRIBUTORS
DE William Hayes
Recorded four tackles, including one forloss, in win over Seattle. Has four QB pressures on the season.Played in 48 games with 12 starts for Titans over a four-year cam-paign. Collected 181 career tackles (105 solo) and 8.0 sacks.
DT Jermelle Cudjo
Started Weeks 1 -3 in place of MichaelBrockers and tallied five tackles last week vs. Chicago.
CB Bradley Fletcher
Recorded game-clinching interceptionlast week vs. Seattle. Missed 12 games due to knee injury last sea-son. Led Rams with 4 interceptions in 2010.
LB Mario Haggan
Tenth-year pro has appeared in 125games. Spent four seasons in Denver after five with Buffalo.Special teams standout.
DEFENSE
2012 RAMS PROJECTED STARTERS
 
W
EEK
5: A
RIZONA
C
ARDINALS
 
AT
S
T
. L
OUIS
R
AMS
• Overall Series:
Series tied, 33-33-2
• Current Streak:
Cardinals, two games (2011-present)
• Rams Longest Streak:
Six games (1999-2003)
• Cardinals Longest Streak:
Eight games (2006-2010)
• Regular Season Point Total:
Rams 1,365 - Cardinals 1,315
• Most Points, Rams:
46, Rams 46-14 (1985)
• Most Points, Cardinals:
48, Cardinals 48-19 (2007)
• Most Points, both teams:
68, Cardinals 41-27 (1988)
• Fewest Points, Rams:
0, three times, Cardinals 6-0 (1937),Cardinals 7-0 (1941), Cardinals 7-0 (1942)
• Fewest Points, Cardinals:
0, four times, Rams 24-0 (1939),Rams 14-0 (1939), Rams 21-0 (1945), Rams 21-0 (1979)
• Fewest Points, both teams:
6, Cardinals 6-0 (1937)
THE SERIES AT A GLANCE
Former Rams:
• Cardinals
LB Paris Lenon
played for the Rams in 2009.
Former Cardinals:
• Rams Assistant Head Coach
Dave McGinnis
was Arizona’s head coachfrom 2000-03 and was the team’s defensive coordinator from 1996-2000.• Rams Secondary Coach
Chuck Cecil
played for the Cardinals from 1993-94.• Rams Asst. DL Coach
Clyde Simmons
played for the Cardinals from1994-95.
Arizona Connections:
• Rams Secondary Coach
Chuck Cecil
played at the University of Arizona.• Rams
OL Shelley Smith
hails from Avondale, Ari.
Coaching Connections:
• Rams TE Coach
Rob Boras
and Cardinals DL Coach
Ron Aiken
coachedtogether at the University of Texas.• Rams WR Coach
Ray Sherman
and Cardinals DB Coach
Louie Coffi
coached together with the New York Jets.• Sherman also worked with Cardinals TE Coach
Freddie Kitchens
with theDallas Cowboys.
NFL Teammate Connections:
• Rams
S Quintin Mikell
and Cardinals
LB Stewart Bradley
played togeth-er with the Philadelphia Eagles.
College Teammate Connections:
• Cardinals
RB Beanie Wells
played with Rams
LB James Laurinaitis
and
LS Jake McQuaide
at Ohio State University.• Rams LB
Josh Hull
and Cardinals
C Rich Ohrnberger
were teammatesat Penn State.• Rams
DT Michael Brockers
and Cardinals
CB Patrick Peterson
playedtogether at LSU.• Rams
WR Austin Pettis
and Cardinals
T Nate Potter
were teammates atBoise State.• Cardinals
LB O’Brien Schofield
played with Rams
TE Lance Kendricks
at Wisconsin.
NOTABLE CONNECTIONSREGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY
Regular SeasonCardinals lead series, 33-33-2Year Result Location
1937 Cardinals, 6-0 CLECardinals, 13-7 CHI1938 Cardinals, 7-6 CLECardinals, 31-17 CHI1939 Rams, 24-0 CHIRams, 14-0 CLE1940 Rams, 26-14 CLECardinals, 17-7 CHI1941 Rams, 10-6 CHICardinals, 7-0 CLE1942 Cardinals, 7-0 Buffalo, NYRams, 7-3 CLE1944 Rams, 30-28 PITRams, 33-6 CHI1945 Rams, 21-0 CLERams, 35-21 CHI1946 Cardinals, 34-10 CHIRams, 17-14 LA1947 Rams, 27-7 LACardinals, 17-10 CHI1948 Cardinals, 27-22 LACardinals, 27-24 CHI1949 Tie, 28-28 CHICardinals, 31-27 LA1951 Rams, 45-21 LA1953 Tie, 24-24 CHI1954 Rams, 28-17 LA1958 Rams, 20-14 CHI1960 Cardinals, 43-21 LA1965 Rams, 27-3 STL1968 Rams, 24-13 STL1970 Rams, 34-13 LA1972 Cardinals, 24-14 STL1976 Cardinals, 30-28 LA1979 Rams, 21-0 LA1980 Rams, 21-13 STL1984 Rams, 16-13 STL1985 Rams, 46-14 LA1986 Rams, 16-10 STL1987 Rams, 27-24 STL1988 Cardinals, 41-27 LA1989 Rams, 37-14 LA1991 Cardinals, 24-14 LA1992 Cardinals, 20-14 LA1993 Cardinals, 38-10 PHX1994 Rams, 14-12 LA1996 Cardinals, 31-28, OT PHX1998 Cardinals 20-17 STL2002 Rams, 27-14 AZRams, 30-28 STL2003 Rams, 37-13 STLRams, 30-27, OT AZ2004 Rams, 17-10 STLCardinals, 31-7 AZ2005 Rams, 17-12 AZCardinals, 38-28 STL2006 Rams, 16-14 AZCardinals, 34-20 STL2007 Cardinals, 34-31 STLCardinals, 48-19 AZ2008 Cardinals, 34-13 STLCardinals, 34-10 AZ2009 Cardinals, 21-13 STLCardinals, 31-10 AZ2010 Cardinals, 17-13 STLRams, 19-6 AZ2011 Cardinals, 19-13 (OT) AZCardinals, 23-20 STL
Rams (rank) Cardinals (rank) 
19.8 (26)
Points Per Game
22.8 (16)287.0 (27)
Total Offense
271.0 (31)90.5 (20)
Rush Offense
68.0 (30)196.5 (27)
Pass Offense
203.0 (24)29:26
Time Of Possession Average
29:2422.8 (16t)
Opponent Points Per Game
15.3 (3)348.8 (14)
Total Defense
357.0 (17)135.3 (26)
Rush Defense
101.0 (14t)213.5 (12)
Pass Defense
256.0 (2)6/50
Sacks Made/Yards
16/938/184
Interceptions By/Yards
4/21+2 (12)
Turnover Differential
+4 (5t)8.2 (13)
Punt Return Average
7.9 (23)22.6 (11)
Kickoff Return Average
24.9 (13)9.1 (18)
Punt Coverage
10.0 (17)17.8 (32)
Kickoff Coverage
29.8 (28)
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