To stop Rams, Jets must attack Warner

It's one thing to admire from afar the St. Louis Rams' high-octane offense. It's quite another to try and stop it.

The Jets will attempt to become the second Meadowlands-based team in as many weeks to shut down the Rams when they host Kurt Warner and Co. on Sunday afternoon. The Giants limited the Rams to just one touchdown last Sunday in St. Louis, but untimely penalties and turnovers cost the Giants a chance at victory as the Rams escaped, 15-14.

The Giants held the Rams in check by beating the snot out of quarterback Kurt Warner, who was knocked down 16 times overall and sacked four times by Michael Strahan. That's just about the only way to limit the effectiveness of Warner, who has one of the quickest releases in football.

"The way you have success with a good team like theirs is hitting the quarterback," Aaron Glenn said Wednesday.

"It's fun to watch them when you don't have to play them," said coach Herman Edwards, who was on the Tampa Bay coaching staff when the Buccaneers limited the Rams to 11 points in the 1999 NFC Championship Game, which St. Louis won, 11-6.

FAULK'S STATUS STILL UNCERTAIN: The Rams said after their win over the Giants that Marshall Faulk, who suffered a knee injury in the game, would be out up to a month. By Monday, the Rams said he'd be out two weeks. Now he's listed as questionable for Sunday.

Warner said during Wednesday's conference call that "I don't think [Faulk's] going to play." But Rams second-year coach Mike Martz is already Parcells-like in his disdain for revealing injuries and ability to keep secret the truth as long as possible, so don't be surprised if Faulk is lining up with the Rams on Sunday.

If Faulk, the NFL's MVP a year ago, really can't go, look for second-year back Trung Canidate to get the start.

INJURY REPORT: For the Jets, PR/KR Chad Morton (ankle) is doubtful while Steve Martin (foot) is questionable. Shaun Ellis (hip) is also listed as questionable. Results of an MRI on Ellis' ailing hip were negative. Santana Moss (knee) is still out. Other Rams on the injury report include lineman Ryan Tucker (questionable, hand).

Tune in Sunday morning to the "New York Football Report," which can be heard from 10 to 11 a.m. on the radio at WDGA-850 AM in West Palm Beach and online at wdga.com. Jets Confidential Editor Dan Leberfeld and Giants Insider Editor Ken Palmer will co-host the show, which is sponsored by sportbet.com and will run every Sunday morning during the NFL season.


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