Rams' gear up for first Monday Night Football appearance since 2006

Rams' gear up for first Monday Night Football appearance since 2006

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St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, left, is congratulated by Lance Kendricks after running for 47-yard touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

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Posted on September 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

(FootballStL) -- For the first time since 2006, the St. Louis Rams will play a Monday Night Football game.  And to top that off it will be in New York City against the Giants, but the biggest worry for the Rams is to not get too hyped during the long wait before the game.

“It’s a long day and you do two things,” Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said.  “You try to get them up and off their feet a little bit, but don’t wear them out. You need to relax, don’t play the game before the game, because that can happen. Guys get all geeked up and they’re playing a game at 4 o’clock, but it’s an 8:30 (p.m., EST) game.”

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will play in his first career Monday Night Football game which brings back memories of when he was a kid.

“If I wasn’t playing something definitely Monday Night Football was always a highlight of my week,” Bradford said.  “I remember it being the only game on TV that night and I remember watching it and thinking how cool it would be to play on that stage someday and how fortunate we are to be here going to play on Monday night football.”

Running back Steven Jackson, who is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Giants, believes the time is now to show the NFL they are a tough team to beat.

“We’ve come a long way over the years,” Jackson said.  “They always say we’re an up and coming team but were a team that should be recognized, that should be taken seriously this year. Not just because the future looks bright, but I think the future is here.”

Some Rams players took to Twitter on Monday in regards to playing the late game.

Safety Craig Dahl tweeted “Lounging around this hotel.  Waiting for tonight.”

Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker tweeted “Gotta love #MNF but I hate sitting round all day waiting.......”

Linebacker James Laurinaitis tweeted “Good morning! Thankful for another day. Excited to eat this breakfast but not excited I have to wait 11 n a half hours til kickoff”.

According to ESPN’s Trey Wingo, the St. Louis Rams are the only team to have a winning road record on Monday Night Football. 

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. CST.

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

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