NFL PREVIEW: ST. LOUIS @ DETROIT
September 5, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
ST. LOUIS RAMS AT DETROIT LIONS
GAME FEATURES No. 1 overall Draft picks SAM BRADFORD of StL (2010) & MATTHEW STAFFORD of Det. (2009)…
RAMS: Head coach JEFF FISHER is 10-6 (.625) on KO Weekend…QB Bradford has posted 100+ rating 3 times in career & Rams are 3-0. Makes 3rd consecutive KO Weekend start…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 1,145 yards & is 1 of 7 players in NFL history with 7+ consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Is franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 9,093 yards. Since 2006, averages 114.7 scrimmage yards per game (9,868 yards, 86 games), most in NFL (min. 60 games)…WR-KR DANNY AMENDOLA led NFL in 2010 with 2,364 all-purpose yards (1,142 KR, 689 rec., 452 PR, 81 rush). Has 2 2,000+ yard seasons & is 1 of 4 Rams to record 2,000+ all-purpose yards in year, joining Jackson & HOFers ERIC DICKERSON & MARSHALL FAULK…DE CHRIS LONG led team with career-high 13 sacks. Has 10 sacks in past 10. Has sack in 7 of past 10. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS had club-best 142 tackles, his 3rd consecutive season leading Rams. CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN joins Rams after 6 seasons with Ten. (93 games, 79 starts)…LIONS: Have 49 wins in home openers, tied for 2nd most all-time. In 2011, won 3 games after trailing by 17+ points, most in season in NFL history. Scored 474 points, most in season in club history…QB Stafford set team passing records with 5,038 yards & 41 TDs, 1 of 3 seasons by QB in NFL history with 5,000+ yards & 40+ TDs. Is 2nd youngest QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards & 30+ TDs in season (HOFer DAN MARINO)…WR CALVIN JOHNSON led NFL with 1,681 rec. yards, 2nd most in team history. Led NFC with 16 rec. TDs. 1st Lion since HOFer BARRY SANDERS (1991) to score 15+ TDs in season. Joined HOFers LANCE ALWORTH & JERRY RICE as only players with 12+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since 2008, has 45 TD catches, most in NFL. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had 83 catches, most by Lions TE…DE CLIFF AVRIL led team with 11 sacks. 1 of 6 players in NFL history with 10+ sacks, FR-TD & INT-TD in season. Led NFC with 6 FFs. LB STEPHEN TULLOCH led team with 111 tackles. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 14 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT…K JASON HANSON is 1st player in NFL history to score 2,000 points with 1 franchise (2,016 points).