Rams consider 49ers a ‘challenge’

Rams consider 49ers a ‘challenge’

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Rams consider 49ers a ‘challenge’

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by Scott Bierman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:30 PM

ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The Rams have already surpassed last season’s win total of two.  The team has looked as good as it has in recent years (not saying much) and fans are hoping the second half of the season will be as successful as the first.

For head coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams, the focus is placed on Sunday’s game against the division-rival 49ers.

“We have got our hands full this weekend.  This is our biggest challenge to date.  This is a very, very talented, well-coached football team,” Fisher said.  “Our focus is on this weekend and on this division opponent.”

The Rams have dropped seven of its last eight games against the 49ers, including two shutouts in the past three games played in San Francisco.  It will be up to the Rams offense to crack the code on the second-ranked defense in the league this weekend in San Francisco.

“Obviously, I am excited for the challenge.  I think everyone on our offense is excited for the challenge,” Sam Bradford said.  “Any time you get to play a defense like this, it really kind of allows yourself to see where you’re at.  We know that we need a great week of preparation if we are going to go out and succeed on Sunday.”

On paper, it appears the edge is clearly in favor of the 49ers as the Rams bring an offense that has been ineffective in the recent three game losing streak.  The offense ranks 28th in total offense and points per game.

The 49ers also bring the top rushing offense into the game averaging 168.6 yards per game against a Rams defense that continues to improve in stopping the run.

“Anytime you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.  That’s who we are playing this weekend is the best team in the division the past couple years,” Chris Long said.  “We have plans of where we want to go and there going to have to go through San Francisco.”

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