Rams brace themselves for third top-tier wide receiver in a row

Rams brace themselves for third top-tier wide receiver in a row

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Baltimore Ravens D.J. Bryant gets hold of the jersey of St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 29, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Brian Feldman / Football StL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 1:24 PM

 (FootballStL) -- First it was Larry Fitzgerald.  Then it was Julio Jones.  Now it's the Cowboys' Dez Bryant.  You'd think the Rams ticked off someone in the NFL's scheduling department or something.

For the third consecutive week to start the season, the Rams will face one of the top wide receivers in the entire league.  Fitzgerald got their secondary for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight catches two weeks ago.  And Jones just torched them for 11 catches, 182 yards and an 81-yard TD.

So will that experience help them try and contain a guy coming off a dominant performance where he snagged nine balls for 141 yards and a TD?

"This is an offensive league and you're going to face elite receivers and Dez Bryant is one of those guys," cornerback Cortland Finnegan said.  "The past three weeks is good for our secondary.  We're a young team.  To see stuff like this and overcome adversity the way we have in certain situations makes us a better football team."

"You have to double (cover) him," defensive coordinator Tim Walton said.  "He's one of the best receivers in the league, he's physical and they're going to get him the ball.  We have to do a better job of taking away a team's number one threat."

But the second you focus too much on Bryant, there's certainly other weapons on that Cowboys offense that can beat you if you're not careful.

"I don't want Dez Bryant to overshadow the fact they have Miles Austin and Jason Witten so we have our hands full," Finnegan said.

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