October 1, 2010
St. Louis RB Steven Jackson continues to rehab his leg and groin, which he hurt last Sunday during the Rams' 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins.
With Jackson still injured, the Rams will need solid production out of backup RB Kenneth Darby.
This would be Darby's first NFL start since signing with St. Louis in 2008. Darby has shown his ability to handle the load in replacement of Jackson, scoring the go-ahead touchdown against the Redskins.
The Rams have signed RB Chauncey Washington from the New York Jets' practice squad in order to help Darby in the backfield. Keith Toston, the Rams other backup running back, has a sprained shoulder, which may force the Rams to play Washington sooner than expected.
Pat Shurmur, the Rams' offensive coordinator, will need to create a gameplan involving more than just Kenneth Darby in the backfield. Fresh off his great play-calling game against the Redskins, Shurmur seems to be getting a feel for the players he has on offense.
Bradford appears more comfortable and confident when the Rams spread the field, allowing him to find the open receiver while avoiding the pass rush.
The Seahawks have shocked some people this year, looking much improved over last season. While the Rams are battling injuries, they appear to have found their identity and are improving rapidly as well.
If the Rams can get enough guys healthy for Sunday's game, St. Louis could be celebrating consecutive wins this weekend.
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