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For the Rams, things couldn't be much worse. They have about 20 guys on the injured list. Their starting secondary, plus the backups are all hurt. Both starting offensive tackles and the starting left guard are out for the year. Street free agents are now protecting the QB.
I'm not even joking.
That might explain why the Rams are on their third QB of the season. Sam Bradford, the starter, and AJ Feeley, the backup, are both going to be watching this game from the sidelines. Even if they could play, who would they throw the ball to? The Rams best receiver, Brandon Lloyd, will be healthy, but that's about it.
Danny Amendola was lost for the year in Week 1 when his elbow went the wrong way. Rookie Greg Salas broke his leg and is done for the year. Adding insult to injury, rookie Austin Pettis was just hit with a four game suspension by the NFL for violating the banned substance policy.
The head coach is probably going to get fired. The GM is definitely going to get fired. The offensive coordinator is a hot candidate for the head coaching job in Kansas City, and for all we know he might be on the phone with Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli right now.
The Rams are an absolute mess.
To make matters worse, they play at Pittsburgh, and then close out the 2011 season by hosting the Niners. While it looks like Ben Roethlisberger won't play, it won't really matter. The Rams can not score. As a team, the Rams have fewer touchdowns this season than four or five NFL players!
The Niners might actually have something to play for in Week 17. I don't think they'll pour it on the Rams, but they will get a comfortable lead before pulling their starters.
There is no way the Rams win either of their remaining two games.