Steve Savard: Rams rely on defense to end losing skid
St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn, front, celebrates his sack of Arizona Cardinals' John Skelton with teammate Chris Long during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams' Chris Long (91) in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) By Mark Duncan
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, bottom, is sacked by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- Chris Long likely will play Sunday against the Bengals. Sam Bradford isn't likely to play. It may be on Long, Robert Quinn, and James Hall to keep the Rams in the game. The Bengals have been solid at protecting rookie QB Andy Dalton but the offensive line is banged up. Long and Quinn especially could play a major role.
I think points will be tough to come by for the home team. They have been all season and now it's likely that Kellen Clemens will play quarterback. He's been here a week. The Bengals are solid defensively--in the top ten in total yards and rushing yards allowed per game.
The good news is the Bengals are fading after a great start. They lost a heartbreaker last week, blowing a 13 point lead and damaging their playoff chances.
Keep an eye on Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. He has had an immediate and dramatic impact on the Cincy offense. There's a lesson to be learned here for the Rams. Cincy used a top five pick on Green. The Rams will have a top five pick in April. It is imperative that the Rams finally address their pressing need for an explosive, playmaking receiver--or two or three. A Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) or a Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) would help Bradford tremendously. Time for the Rams to wake up and realize you can't win in the NFL if you can't score. And you can't score if you don't have multiple players who can put the ball in the end zone.
By Steve Savard, News 4 Sports
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