INDIANAPOLIS – From Week 3 to Week 13 of the 2013 campaign, the Colts will only play at home on three occasions.
The final one of those contests comes on Sunday afternoon when the St. Louis Rams (3-6) make the trek across I-70 for a regular season meeting.
With veteran coach Jeff Fisher at the helm for a second straight season, the Rams made a splash during the offseason.
Thanks to some major free agent acquisitions and a pair of first round picks, the Rams seemed ready to challenge for a playoff position in 2013.
After earning a road victory at Houston 38-13 on Oct. 13, the Rams season changed the following week.
Former No. 1 pick Sam Bradford went down with an ACL injury and it was time for a new quarterback to lead the then 3-3 Rams.
Bradford had thrown for 13 touchdowns and three interceptions prior to suffering the season ending injury on Oct. 20.
Backup Kellen Clemens is expected to get the start on Sunday afternoon and he’s thrown for 387 passing yards and one touchdown in Bradford’s absence.
While the Rams offense is still searching for major production from first round pick Tavon Austin, they’ve gotten more then they could ask for from fifth round choice Zac Stacy.
It appears that Stacy is the starting running back going forward and he’s rushed for 475 yards on 103 carries.
The Rams have had eight different players catch at least 11 passes on the season with new tight end Jared Cook (32 catches for 411 yards) leading the way.
For the second straight week, the Colts will face one of the game’s best front sevens.
St. Louis leads the NFL with a sack on 11.3 percent of pass attempts (29 total sacks) with Robert Quinn leading the NFC with 10.0 sacks (has two 3.0 sack games on the year).
The Rams are just one of three NFL teams with two players (Quinn and Chris Long-5.5 sacks) with at least five sacks on the year.
2013 Record: 3-6, fourth in the NFC West.
Head Coach: Jeff Fisher, 2nd season as Rams head coach and 19 seasons as NFL head coach (152-134-1 overall regular season, 5-6 playoffs).
2013 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 30th (310.3); Rushing, 23rd (94.9); Passing, 22nd (215.4) Defense – Overall, 16th (345.8); Rushing, 28th (125.2); Passing, 9th (220.6).
2013 Leading Passer: Kellen Clemens (starter Sunday) (37-of-70 comp., 387 yards, 52.9 pct., 1 TDs, 2 INTs).
2013 Leading Rusher: Zac Stacy (103 carries, 475 yards, 2 TDs).
2013 Leading Receiver: Jared Cook (32 receptions, 411 yards, 3 TDs).
2013 Leading Sacker: Robert Quinn (10.0).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 1 (tied for 12th in the NFL).
2013 NFL Draft Results: The Rams were one of the most active teams in the early part of the draft in trading up to select the speedy Tavon Austin with the eighth pick in the draft. Later in the first round, St. Louis bolstered an already impressive front seven with Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. The steal of the draft appears to be fifth round pick Zac Stacy. The Vanderbilt product has taken over as the team’s starting running back.
2012 Review: In Jeff Fisher’s first season at the helm of the Rams, the veteran head coach had an up-and-down first campaign. Playing in the toughest division in football, The Rams finished the year at 7-8-1 including winning four of their final six games. St. Louis was 2-1-1 against the Seahawks and 49ers but lost seven of eight games against the AFC East and NFC North.
Last time in Playoffs: 2004 season. Lost to the Atlanta Falcons 47-17 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Last time in Super Bowl: 1999 season. Beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Super Bowl Championships: One (Won Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999).
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: None.