Break out the old uniforms as we have a Super Bowl rematch this Sunday. Tune is to see the greatest show on turf, the St. Louis Rams, take on Jeff Fisher and his defensive oriented Tennessee Titans.
Oh wait that was over a decade ago and Fisher is now coaching in St. Louis. Although it will be a face off of two teams with similar records as the Rams have a (3-5) record and the Titans (3-4), they are nowhere near their old prestige.
The St. Louis Rams are a different team without their leader in Sam Bradford, who tore his ACL a couple weeks ago against the Carolina Panthers. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens did a respectable job this past Monday and added a little more mobility to the Rams offense. Clemens is no Russell Wilson, but he moved outside the pocket to make plays. The backup QB has been under offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system for many years now so it came as no surprise when he was effective in the offense.
Clemens did throw a couple of interceptions in that game against the Seattle Seahawks, but for the most part displayed an understanding of the offense. Last week he faced off against the second best defense in the league, this time around, it’s the 13th ranked defense.
Outside of the obvious headline of Fisher returning to face his old team, this game is filled with sub-stories. Both tight end Jared Cook and cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed monster contract with the Rams after deciding to walk away from the Titans. There is also a little bad blood between Coach Fisher and the St. Louis Rams former defensive coordinator Greg Williams after the way things ended with his son.
You can definitely expect to see Clemens under pressure all game long as a win would be significant for whoever wins. The Rams offensive line is starting to regain their strength as right tackle Rodger Saffold has been gradually integrated into the offense. If the Rams are able to keep Clemens upright you can expect Cook to have a monster game against his former team. Cooks best game came during week 1 of the season; this could be another game where Fisher moves the offense through him.
Defensively the Rams are ranked 17th in the league and are starting to look like last year’s dominant defense. Robert Quinn is having another break out season as he leads the NFC in sacks and is only one behind leader Mario Williams. His partner on the other side of the ball, Chris Long, did not look like himself at the beginning, but he is regaining his form as well.