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Rams preparing now for Cardinals arrival Thursday

12:12 PM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is congratulated by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the game at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
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(The Rams Tailgate Show) -- The Rams didn't have very long to savor their 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, which was just the franchise's second home division win since the start of the 2007 season.

No sooner had the final seconds ticked off that coach Jeff Fisher was already preparing his team for Thursday night's game against division rival Arizona.

Asked how this week of preparation will be different, Fisher said, "It's Wednesday right now. How's that? It's Wednesday, so the players know that. So, we've got to rest up and get the plan together. The coaches have been working over the weekend and we're going back to the office this afternoon."

In the rhythm of a game week, Monday would be Thursday and Tuesday like a Friday as players try to recover from a physical 60 minutes while also practicing for a game in which the Rams will try to be over .500 for the first time since the seventh game of the 2006 season.

The Cardinals will arrive as one of the league's three unbeaten times following their come-from-behind overtime win over Miami. Said running back Steven Jackson, "Arizona, right now, they're red hot. They're definitely making noise in the NFL and for us to get a second win in the division, it would be huge for us. But we have to continue to establish what we are doing and that's making home-field advantage tough."

The Rams will be trying to beat Arizona at home for the first time since the 2004 season. The win over Seattle was just the second in the last 15 games between the two teams.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said for him the game is unchartered territory.

"I've never played on a Thursday before in this league," Bradford said. "I know it's going to be a challenge for us to get prepared. Obviously, we've only got three days to get ready for a game. Coach Fisher said really we won tonight, but it's really like a Wednesday, so we've got to get our minds ready for Arizona now."

As for the 24-hour rule that coaches invoke to get a win or loss out of their minds, Bradford said, "Yeah this one was like the 20-minute rule. So I think I've enjoyed it enough now that once I go home it's on to Arizona."

 

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