Rams' Passing Attack Should Concern Vikings

The St. Louis Rams took advantage of the undermanned Washington secondary, so if cornerback Cedric Griffin can't go Sunday, the Rams will probably be looking to attack the Vikings' defensive backfield as well. See what St. Louis' offensive players had to say about their performance.

It turned out to be a key moment early in a game the Rams needed to stay alive in the race for a playoff spot.

Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs exited the game in the first quarter because of a fractured shoulder blade, and the Rams' passing attack cranked it up even more against an undermanned secondary that was paying extra attention to wide receiver Torry Holt.

That allowed quarterback Marc Bulger to connect with wide receiver Isaac Bruce nine times for 148 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 37-31 overtime victory.

Said Bulger: "They were doubling Torry. They do so many different things on defense. One of their coverages is to play two-man, where they lock a guy on Torry and give help over the top. They bring (Sean) Taylor down for run support and they play one-on-one with the Z-receiver usually. I think we have the luxury of having two receivers and that's why I kept throwing it to him."

As for the fact that Bruce turned 34 in November, coach Scott Linehan said, "Unbelievable ... he defies Father Time. There are a lot of guys that don't have it anymore ... (but) it's phenomenal how he's able to get so open at his age. That's why he's a Hall of Famer, in my opinion."

Said running back Steven Jackson, "Isaac is a guy that's consistently shown up year in and year out. I don't think his play has gone down. To see defenses have to focus on him late in his career like this, it's something I want to strive for."

Bruce's 148-yard day put him over 1,000 yards (1,032) for the season. For the last few seasons, Bruce's age has been the subject of national comments and doubts despite the fact that Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison is three months older and Terrell Owens is just a year younger.

"I think it just fuels the fire when people say that," Bulger said. "Maybe that's the perception around the league, that you can play one-on-one against him. I know Torry has been getting a lot of double coverage and Isaac hasn't' been getting a lot of chances to get one-on-one and I think after today they'll be helping out on him."

Bruce now has 883 career catches and 13,310 yards, totals that rank seventh on the NFL all-time list.


  • DE Victor Adeyanju played 15 snaps against Washington Sunday, and helped give breathers to a tired defensive line. Adeyanju played with a cast on his arm to protect a broken bone, but this week he will be fitted with a smaller cast that Adeyanju hopes will be more comfortable.

  • RG Richie Incognito suffered a stinger during Sunday's game against Washington, but the problem isn't expected to affect his availability for this week's game against Minnesota.

  • G Adam Timmerman, who did not play against Oakland on Dec. 17 because of injured ribs, was active Sunday and was in for one play when RG Richie Incognito left the game because of a stinger.

  • FS Oshiomogho Atogwe now leads the team with six forced fumbles after his strip of Redskins RB Ladell Betts late in the fourth quarter gave the ball back to the Rams. This is Atogwe's first season as a starter. "He rises every week," coach Scott Linehan said of Atogwe. "He is one of our emerging young players."

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