The Week 9 matchup between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans won't get much in the way of national publicity, but there are some interesting subplots in the game.
For the Titans, Week 9 represents an opportunity to get back to .500 and keep their playoff aspirations alive.
It's also a chance for quarterback Jake Locker to get his 2013 season back on track.
Locker and the Titans played well to open the season. The third-year pro threw six touchdown passes without an interception over the first four weeks of the year, but after a leg injury knocked Locker from the lineup the Titans struggled.
However, Locker and the Tennessee offensive line will have their hands full with a St. Louis pass rush that gave Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks fits in Week 8.
Left tackle Michael Roos, in particular, has a tough road ahead of him.
To Roos will fall the job of blocking defensive end Robert Quinn. The 23-year-old is enjoying a phenomenal third season in the NFL, with 10 sacks over his first eight games.
Roos has been a solid lineman this year, but only so-so in pass protection, ranking outside the top 30 in that regard per Pro Football Focus.
If Roos can keep Locker clean, the Titans should be able to move the ball against a St. Louis defense that has struggled at times.
If the Rams harass Locker like they did Russell Wilson, however, then the game will take on a tone that benefits the Rams.
Maybe this time the Rams can convert that into a win.