Raiders at Rams preview

The Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams face off this week with the Silver and Black looking for win number three. They can end the Rams' playoff hopes with a win.

SERIES

  RAMS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   7-3
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Linehan: 0-0 Shell: 2-0
LAST WEEK L 42-27 vs. Bears L 27-10 at Bengals
LAST GAME 10/13/02: Raiders 13 at Rams 28. St. Louis QB Marc Bulger passes for 3 TDs & rushes for another in 1st NFL start.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/97: Raiders 35, Rams 17. Oakland QB Jeff George throws 4 TD passes, including 2 to TE Rickey Dudley, who has 5 receptions for 106 yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:15 PM PT): Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson, Tim Ryan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 125 (StL), 110 (Oak.).

SERIES

PASSING Bulger: 315-498-3,528 (2C)-19-8-90.3 Brooks: 84-147-871-3-6-64.2
RUSHING S. Jackson: 257-1,109 (3C)-4.3-7 Fargas: 130-447-3.4-1
RECEIVING S. Jackson (RB): 82 (1C)-680-8.3-1 Moss: 42-553-13.2-3
OFFENSE 347.8 243.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 (3C) -11
DEFENSE 344.1 288.3
SACKS Little: 10.0 Burgess: 10.0
INTs Atogwe, Hill (R): 3 Asomugha: 7 (T1L)
PUNTING Turk: 43.0 Lechler: 48.1 (1L)
KICKING Wilkins: 105 (3L) (24/24 PAT; 27/31 FG) Janikowski: 58 (16/16 PAT; 14/21 FG)

RAMS:

Quarterback Marc Bulger made 1st NFL start versus Oakland and passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for 134.1 passer rating, highest mark of career. Rams are 7-2 (.778) when Bulger has 3+ touchdowns. Has 3,528 yards and is on pace for 1st 4,000-yard season, becoming third Ram to reach that mark.

Club is 40-1 (.976) with 100-yard rusher since 1995. Running back Steven Jackson leads NFC with 1,789 scrimmage yards (1,109 rush, 680 rec.). Has rush touchdown in six of past eight.

Wide receiver Torry Holt has ten touchdowns in past 12. Has 985 yards and needs 15 for 7th consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. Since 2000, Holt has 9,684 yards, most in NFL. Wide receiver Isaac Bruce has 13,104 receiving yards and needs 95 to pass Andre Reed (13,098) for 7th-most all-time.

DE Leonard Little has 5.0 sacks in past six. DT La'Roi Glover was 5th round pick by Oakland in 1996. Safety Corey Chavous has one interception and 1.0 sack in past three versus AFC. Cornerback Jerametrius Butler has three interceptions in past seven versus AFC. Rams are 7-1 (.875) when Butler has interception.

RAIDERS:

Club has won three of past five at home versus NFC. O-line coach and Hall of Famer Jackie Slater played 20 yrs for Rams, starred in seven Pro Bowls. Team has held time of possession edge in three of past four games.

Quarterback Aaron Brooks has 12 touchdown passes versus six interceptions in six career games versus St. Louis. Brooks is 25-11 (.694) as starter when not throwing interception.

Running back Justin Fargas has career-best 447 rush yards. In last home game, Running back ReShard Lee rushed for 42 yards on six carries for 7.0-yd average.

In three career games versus St. Louis, wide receiver Randy Moss has 20 catches for 312 yards (104.0 avg.) with two touchdowns. Moss has 20+ yd catch in all three meetings. In past three December games, Wide receiver Ronald Curry has 20 catches for 272 yards and three touchdowns and is tied for most 3rd down catches by AFC West wide receiver with 19.

Defense has not allowed more than 17 points in six of past nine games. Club is one of five in NFL with two players with four or more interceptions each: cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha (7) and Fabian Washington (4). Defensive tackle Warren Sapp has 5.0 sacks in three career games versus St. Louis with 2.0 in two of three meetings.


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