Rams aim to keep rolling in Cleveland on Monday night
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"I think everybody is excited, as we all are, about where we are at this point record-wise, and what can be," Martz said. "But you start looking at what can be, and pretty soon you get hit right on the side of the head."
Cleveland has had its playoff hopes dashed after dropping an ugly 34-7 decision in Seattle last week. The
"I think you have to give him the opportunity to maybe make some mistakes," Davis said of Holcomb. "It's his first time ever being a starter. If everybody stays healthy, you maybe get a different performance and a different opinion."
SERIES HISTORY: These teams have split 16 all-time meetings with the
Davis has never faced the
MONDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: St. Louis is 23-24 on Monday Night Football, including a 9-13 road record. The
Cleveland is making its first appearance on Monday Night Football since 1995 (lost 20-3 at Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 1995). Since rejoining the NFL in 1999, the
RAMS OFFENSE VS. BROWNS DEFENSE
"He's not done," said Martz of Faulk. "I know a lot of people have written him off. He's too heavy, he's too slow, too old. So am I. But he's not done. He has a lot of mileage left on him. Trust me when I tell you that.
"He's just now getting into game shape and getting going. He's hitting his stride right now and we couldn't be more happy about that."
Faulk, 30, has posted 127 career touchdowns -- four short of Cris Carter for fourth-most all-time. The veteran has also recorded 36 career 100-yard rushing games, including 22 with the
Stopping Faulk will be on the shoulders of the young Cleveland linebackers (Andra Davis,
Cleveland can't afford to focus completely on Faulk though, as the
Holt is by no means the only receiving threat for the
A consistent pass rush must be a staple for the
Despite an impressive group of offensive linemen, the
BROWNS OFFENSE VS. RAMS DEFENSE
Holcomb completed 22-of-31 passes for 186 yards last week, while being intercepted once. The 30-year-old has not been successful in his last two starts, throwing for 420 yards, no scores and three interceptions en route to an average quarterback rating of 62.7. Butch Davis hasn't been happy with Holcomb nor Couch's decision-making as of late.
"I've talked to Kelly and I've talked to Tim and both of these guys have been victim of the frustration a quarterback feels at times," Davis said. "When things are not going the way we would like them to go -- you're struggling moving the ball and you're struggling on third downs -- you have a tendency to try to press. They feel that `I have to make a play or I have to make a great throw,' and maybe they try to force balls in.
"If we were leading by three or leading by 10, then maybe you don't try to make that throw and you dump it off or throw it into the bleachers. I think having the confidence to know that you can live to fight another day [is important]."
Backup running back
St. Louis has been solid overall in pass defense, holding foes to just 208.3 yards per contest (5th-NFC). The
All-Pro defensive end
Cleveland is lacking a consistent running game with top back William Green still suffering legal problems. Green had his suspension for substance abuse extended this week, leaving
"We will continue to work in conjunction with the National Football League on this matter and support all league guidelines,"
Jackson had little to no success against the
St. Louis is not the same team on the road which should allow Cleveland to stay close in this contest. Look for the