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The 2009 St. Louis Rams season is the 72nd season for the St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are a professional American football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are currently members of the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Rams have won three NFL Championships .The Rams began playing in 1936 in Cleveland,...

, and the 15th in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is an independent city on the eastern border of Missouri, United States. With a population of 319,294, it was the 58th-largest U.S. city at the 2010 U.S. Census. The Greater St...

. Due to the Rams winning only against the Detroit Lions, they finished with the NFL
National Football League
The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

's worst record at 1–15, earning the first overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft
2010 NFL Draft
The 2010 NFL Draft was the 75th annual meeting of National Football League franchises to select newly eligible football players. Unlike previous years, the 2010 draft took place over three days, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, with the first round on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 7:30 pm...

 in Steve Spagnuolo
Steve Spagnuolo
Steven Christopher Spagnuolo is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.-Early years:Born...

's first season as a head coach.

The Rams have won six games in the past three seasons. By contrast, the Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

 never won fewer than four games in any season during their tenure in St. Louis from 1960 through 1987.

Player movement


The Rams announced that Jim Haslett
Jim Haslett
James Donald "Jim" Haslett is an American football coach and former linebacker. He is currently the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Previously, he served as the head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League, and the New Orleans Saints and St...

 would not be returning as head coach after a disastrous 2–14 finish to the 2008 season. On January 16, New York Giants
New York Giants
The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York City metropolitan area. The Giants are currently members of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

' Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
Steve Spagnuolo
Steven Christopher Spagnuolo is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.-Early years:Born...

 signed a four-year $11.5 million. deal to be their new head coach.

Jason Brown, a Center
Center (American football)
Center is a position in American football and Canadian football . The center is the innermost lineman of the offensive line on a football team's offense...

 who formerly played for the Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are a professional football franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland.The Baltimore Ravens are officially a quasi-expansion franchise, having originated in 1995 with the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy after Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced his...

 before becoming a free agent
Free agent
In professional sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has expired and who is thus eligible to sign with another club or franchise....

, was signed on February 27, 2009, to a five-year deal to bolster the offensive line.

Ron Bartell, a cornerback
Cornerback
A cornerback is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position...

, signed a four-year deal on March 2, worth $13.6 million. guaranteed, with incentives it could be as much as $28 million.

James Butler, a safety, signed a four-year deal on March 10, that with incentives could be worth almost $17 million.

Orlando Pace
Orlando Pace
Orlando Lamar Pace is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams first overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State. Pace has started all 16 games eight times and blocked for three straight NFL MVPs...

, the premier offensive tackle in the NFL, was released by the Rams to save $6 million. in the salary cap
Salary cap
In professional sports, a salary cap is a cartel agreement between teams that places a limit on the amount of money that can be spent on player salaries. The limit exists as a per-player limit or a total limit for the team's roster, or both...

.

On March 13, wide receiver
Wide receiver
A wide receiver is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is the key player in most of the passing plays. Only players in the backfield or the ends on the line are eligible to catch a forward pass. The two players who begin play at the ends of the offensive line are eligible...

 Torry Holt
Torry Holt
After injuring his knee at the Senior Bowl, Holt, at 192 pounds, ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 37 inches at the 1999 NFL Combine-St. Louis Rams:...

 was released after 10 years with the Rams. Holt was later signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

.

On May 8, Pisa Tinoisamoa
Pisa Tinoisamoa
-St. Louis Rams:Tinoisamoa was drafted out of the University of Hawaii by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. On July 24, 2003, Tinoisamoa signed a four-year $2.90 million contract with the Rams....

, the Rams' leading tackler in 2008
2008 St. Louis Rams season
The 2008 St. Louis Rams season was the 71st season for the team in the National Football League and their 14th in St. Louis, Missouri. They hoped to improve upon their 3-13 record from last season but the season was a complete disaster, and their worst season ever. Not only did they fail to...

, was given his release.

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 Friday, Aug. 14 6pm CDT at New York Jets
2009 New York Jets season
The 2009 New York Jets season was the 50th season for the club and the 40th season in the National Football League and the last season at Giants Stadium. While they did not improve their 9–7 record from 2008, this time the team headed to the playoffs. The Jets fired head coach Eric Mangini on...

W 23–20 1–0 Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, in the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Maximum seating capacity was 80,242. The building itself was 230.5 m long, 180.5 m wide and 44 m high from service level to the top of the seating bowl and 54 m high to...

Local Recap
2 Friday, Aug. 21 7pm CDT Atlanta Falcons
2009 Atlanta Falcons season
The 2009 Atlanta Falcons season was the 44th season for the team in the National Football League. The team looked to match or improve upon their 11–5 record from 2008 and return to the playoffs, however the Falcons were eliminated from contention in Week 15...

L 20–13 1–1 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Local Recap
3 Thursday, Aug. 27 6:30pm CDT at Cincinnati Bengals
2009 Cincinnati Bengals season
The 2009 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League and their 42nd overall. They finished the season at 10–6–0, and sweeping the entire AFC North division, they improved on their 2008 record of 4–11–1, winning the AFC North Division and making the...

W 24–21 2–1 Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium is an American sports stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. It opened on August 19, 2000. The stadium was named after Bengals' founder Paul Brown. The stadium is located on approximately of land and...

Local Recap
4 Thursday, Sept. 3 7pm CDT Kansas City Chiefs
2009 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 2009 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 50th season, and first with head coach Todd Haley at the helm. It was also the first season with Scott Pioli as the team's general manager. The Chiefs attempted to improve on their 2–14 record from 2008 with the third overall selection in the...

W 17–9 3–1 Edward Jones Dome Local Recap

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 3:15 PM at Seattle Seahawks
2009 Seattle Seahawks season
The 2009 Seattle Seahawks season was the 34th season for the team in the National Football League. The Seahawks improved in Jim Mora's first season as their head coach, after a disappointing 4–12 record and a 3rd place finish in what was Mike Holmgren's final season coaching the team...

L 0–28 0–1 Qwest Field
Qwest Field
CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle, Washington, United States. It serves as the home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

Recap
2 September 20 12:00 PM at Washington Redskins
2009 Washington Redskins season
The 2009 Washington Redskins season is the 77th season for the team in the National Football League. They failed to improve upon their 8–8 record from 2008, which resulted in Jim Zorn being fired after two seasons.-Movement:...

L 7–9 0–2 FedExField
FedExField
FedExField is a football stadium located in an unincorporated area near the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, near the site of the old Capital Centre . FedExField is the home of the Washington Redskins football team...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

Recap
3 September 27 12:00 PM Green Bay Packers
2009 Green Bay Packers season
The 2009 Green Bay Packers season was the 89th season in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and the 91st season for the team overall...

L 17–36 0–3 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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4 October 4 3:15 PM at San Francisco 49ers
2009 San Francisco 49ers season
The 2009 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season, and the first full year with Mike Singletary as head coach after being named interim head coach in 2008. It is the seventh year in which the 49ers have their seventh offensive coordinator...

L 0–35 0–4 Candlestick Park Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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5 October 11 12:00 PM Minnesota Vikings
2009 Minnesota Vikings season
The 2009 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 49th season in the NFL. The Vikings improved upon their 10–6 record and defended their NFC North title from 2008; it was the first time that they had retained a divisional title since they won six NFC Central titles in a row between 1973 and 1978...

L 10–38 0–5 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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6 October 18 12:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars
2009 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the 15th season for the team in the National Football League. This was the first season for new general manager Gene Smith, who hoped to usher in a "rebuilding" era for the Jaguars franchise. The Jaguars improved upon their 5–11 record in 2008, however did...

L 20–23 OT 0–6 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

Recap
7 October 25 12:00 PM Indianapolis Colts
2009 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2009 Indianapolis Colts season was the 57th season for the team in the National Football League and the 26th in Indianapolis. It was the first season since 2002 that the Colts did not have Tony Dungy on their coaching staff, due to his retirement from coaching...

L 6–42 0–7 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

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8 November 1 12:00 PM at Detroit Lions
2009 Detroit Lions season
The 2009 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 80th season overall in the National Football League. The Lions spent the whole season at the bottom of their division and finished at 2–14. The 2009 season was the first season with the Lions for new head coach Jim Schwartz, and most of his new...

W 17–10 1–7 Ford Field
Ford Field
Ford Field is an indoor American football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan, USA, that is the current home field of the NFL's Detroit Lions. It is owned by the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority. It regularly seats 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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9 Bye
Bye (sports)
A bye, in sports and other competitive activities, most commonly refers to the practice of allowing a player or team to advance to the next round of a playoff tournament without playing...

10 November 15 12:00 PM New Orleans Saints
2009 New Orleans Saints season
The 2009 New Orleans Saints season is the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League and the most successful in franchise history in which they won Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints recorded a franchise record 13 victories, an improvement on their 8–8 record and fourth place finish in the...

L 23–28 1–8 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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11 November 22 3:05 PM Arizona Cardinals
2009 Arizona Cardinals season
The 2009 Arizona Cardinals season is the 90th season for the team in the National Football League and the 22nd season in Arizona. The Cardinals finished the season with a 10–6 record, an improvement from their 9–7 previous season record and the first time the team has won ten games since 1976 The...

L 13–21 1–9 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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12 November 29 12:00 PM Seattle Seahawks
2009 Seattle Seahawks season
The 2009 Seattle Seahawks season was the 34th season for the team in the National Football League. The Seahawks improved in Jim Mora's first season as their head coach, after a disappointing 4–12 record and a 3rd place finish in what was Mike Holmgren's final season coaching the team...

L 17–27 1–10 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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13 December 6 12:00 PM at Chicago Bears
2009 Chicago Bears season
The 2009 Chicago Bears season is the franchise's 90th season overall in the National Football League. The Bears had looked to improve upon their 9–7 record from 2008 and return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season, but failed to do so for the third consecutive season. The team...

L 9–17 1–11 Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in the Near South Side. It is home to the NFL's Chicago Bears...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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14 December 13 3:05 PM at Tennessee Titans
2009 Tennessee Titans season
The 2009 Tennessee Titans season is the 50th season for the original American Football League team, their 40th in the NFL, and 13th in Tennessee. The Titans aimed to equal or improve on their 2008 NFL best 13–3 record; however, they lost the first 6 games of that season...

L 7–47 1–12 LP Field
LP Field
LP Field is a football stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County....

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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15 December 20 12:00 PM Houston Texans
2009 Houston Texans season
The 2009 Houston Texans season is the 8th season for the team in the National Football League. The Texans improved upon their 8–8 record in 2008, claimed their first winning season in franchise history, and 4 straight heartbreaking division losses came back to haunt them, as they narrowly missed...

L 13–16 1–13 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

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16 December 27 3:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
2009 Arizona Cardinals season
The 2009 Arizona Cardinals season is the 90th season for the team in the National Football League and the 22nd season in Arizona. The Cardinals finished the season with a 10–6 record, an improvement from their 9–7 previous season record and the first time the team has won ten games since 1976 The...

L 10–31 1–14 University of Phoenix Stadium
University of Phoenix Stadium
University of Phoenix Stadium, opened August 1, 2006, is a multipurpose football stadium located in Glendale, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League and the annual Fiesta Bowl...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

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17 January 3, 2010 12:00 PM San Francisco 49ers
2009 San Francisco 49ers season
The 2009 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season, and the first full year with Mike Singletary as head coach after being named interim head coach in 2008. It is the seventh year in which the 49ers have their seventh offensive coordinator...

L 6–28 1–15 Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

Recap
NOTE: Division games are in bold text.

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks



The Rams began their season at Qwest Field
Qwest Field
CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle, Washington, United States. It serves as the home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer...

 with a Week 1 divisional duel with their NFC West
NFC West
The NFC West is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. It currently has four members: Arizona Cardinals, St...

 rival, the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team based in Seattle, Washington. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team...

. After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis trailed in the second quarter as Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck
Matthew Michael Hasselbeck is a National Football League quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and traded to Seattle in 2001. After becoming the starter in 2003, Hasselbeck led Seattle to six playoff appearances and...

 completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Carlson. The Rams appeared to have a game-tying touchdown after blocking a Seattle field goal by Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare
Olindo Mare
Olindo Franco Mare is an American football placekicker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1996...

 late in the quarter. However, it was overturned as there were twelve rams on the field, leading to a Seahawks 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Burleson
Nate Burleson
Nathaniel Burleson is an American football player, who currently plays wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League . Burleson played college football for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack, and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2003 NFL...

. In the third quarter, Seattle continued its dominance with Hasselbeck completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Carlson, along with running back Julius Jones
Julius Jones
Julius Andre Maurice Jones is an American football running back who played college football at the University of Notre Dame and is currently a member of the Free Agent Class of the National Football League. Before signing with the Saints on October 12, 2010, Julius had stints with the Dallas...

 getting a 62-yard touchdown run. From there on out, the Seahawks defense helped secure a shutout win.

With the loss, the Rams began their season at 0–1.

Week 2: at Washington Redskins



Hoping to rebound from their shutout loss to the Seahawks, the Rams flew to FedEx Field
FedExField
FedExField is a football stadium located in an unincorporated area near the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, near the site of the old Capital Centre . FedExField is the home of the Washington Redskins football team...

 for a Week 2 duel with the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team and members of the East Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team plays at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, while its headquarters and training facility are at Redskin Park in Ashburn,...

. St. Louis trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham
Shaun Suisham
Shaun Christopher Suisham is a Canadian placekicker of American football for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League . He was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2005...

 got a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Rams' deficit increased a Suisham made a 28-yard field goal. Afterwards, St. Louis took the lead as quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

 completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laurent Robinson
Laurent Robinson
Laurent Robinson is an American football wide receiver who is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois State.He has also been a member of the St...

. However, Washington got their lead again as Suisham nailed a 23-yard field goal. From there on out, the Rams' were unable to get any more points.

With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0–2.

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers



Still searching for their first win of the season, the Rams played their Week 3 homeopener against the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

. St. Louis immediately trailed early in the first quarter as Packers kicker Mason Crosby
Mason Crosby
Mason Walker Crosby , is a professional American football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League. During his playing days at the University of Colorado, Crosby was widely considered the best kicker in college football, as evidenced by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.'s...

 got a 48, a 38, and a 25-yard field goal. Green Bay would increase their lead in the second quarter as fullback John Kuhn
John Kuhn
John Allen Kuhn is an American football fullback, currently playing for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. John attended Dover Area High School in Dover, Pennsylvania...

 got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Rams would respond with the arm of quarterback Kyle Boller
Kyle Boller
Kyle Bryan Boller is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of California.Boller has also played for the St...

, as he hooked up with tight end Daniel Fells
Daniel Fells
Daniel Fells is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at UC Davis.Fells has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St...

 on a 16-yard touchdown pass. However, the Packers would strike back with quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League . Rodgers was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers...

' 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver
Donald Driver
Donald Jerome Driver is an American football wide receiver and children's author. He plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League...

. St. Louis would close out the half with Boller and Fells hooking up with each other again on a 19-yard touchdown pass.

The Rams would inch closer in the third quarter with kicker Josh Brown's 53-yard field goal. However, Green Bay would pull away in the fourth quarter as Rodgers got a 4-yard touchdown run (with a failed PAT) and completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kuhn.

With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0–3.

Starting quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

 (3-of-4, 23 yards) left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his right shoulder.

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers



Following their home loss to the Packers, the Rams flew to Candlestick Park for a Week 4 NFC West duel with their hated rival, the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and...

. Due to an injury to Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

, quarterback Kyle Boller
Kyle Boller
Kyle Bryan Boller is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of California.Boller has also played for the St...

 got the start.

After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis' seasonal struggles continued on the 49ers' second punt of the game. The ball would hit backup cornerback Quincy Butler
Quincy Butler
Quincy Devone Butler is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Texas Christian University.He has also been a member of the Calgary Stampeders...

's foot and roll into the endzone where backup Niners linebacker Scott McKillop
Scott McKillop
-San Francisco 49ers:An inside linebacker in San Francisco's 3-4 defense, McKillop competed with former veteran player Jeff Ulbrich to serve as backup to Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes....

 would land on it for a touchdown. San Francisco would continue its dominating run in the third quarter with quarterback Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2002...

 hooking up on a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis
-2006 rookie season:Vernon's first reception in the NFL was a 31-yard touchdown catch, against the Arizona Cardinals on September 10, 2006. He added a career-long 52-yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on December 10 with a short catch followed by a long run. Davis played in ten games in...

, followed by linebacker Patrick Willis
Patrick Willis
Patrick L. Willis is an American football player who plays inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers 11th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft...

 returning an interception 23 yards for a touchdown. The 49ers would wrap up their victory march in the fourth quarter with Hill finding wide receiver Josh Morgan
Josh Morgan
Joshua Lewis Morgan is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.-High school career:Morgan played quarterback, wide receiver...

 on a 24-yard touchdown pass, followed by defensive tackle Ray McDonald
Ray McDonald
Raymondo Antoine "Ray" McDonald is an American professional football player who is a defensive end in the National Football League . McDonald played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he has played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.- Early years...

 returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–4.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings



Hoping to get their first win of the season, the Rams went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and prepared for a Week 5 duel with the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League as an expansion team in 1960...

. Even though quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

 was almost back to 100% health, backup quarterback Kyle Boller
Kyle Boller
Kyle Bryan Boller is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of California.Boller has also played for the St...

 got the start.

In the first quarter, St. Louis continued to struggle as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got a 5-yard touchdown run and defensive end Jared Allen
Jared Allen
-Kansas City Chiefs:Allen was drafted by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and signed for a one-year, $100,000 contract. On May 21, 2007, Allen, as a restricted free agent, signed the Chiefs' one-year tender offer of $2.35 million for the 2007 season. Allen credited his early...

 returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown. The Rams would get on the board in the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown, but Minnesota came right back with kicking Ryan Longwell
Ryan Longwell
Ryan Walker Longwell is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League. After playing college football for the California Golden Bears, he started his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers, but never played a game for the franchise...

 nailing a 47-yard field goal.

The Vikings would continue to make their presence felt in the third quarter with quarterback Brett Favre
Brett Favre
Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League . He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons , Green Bay Packers , New York Jets and Minnesota...

 completing a 13-yard touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe
Visanthe Shiancoe
Visanthe Shiancoe is an American football tight end who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.-High school:...

. Minnesota would follow it up in the fourth quarter with Peterson's 7-yard touchdown. St. Louis tried to rally as quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

 completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery
Donnie Avery
Donnie D. Avery is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.-Early years:...

, but the Vikings would close out the game with running back Chester Taylor
Chester Taylor
Chester Lamar Taylor also known as "Che Tay" is an American football running back of the National Football League who is currently on the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft...

's 1-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–5.

Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars



Still on the hunt for their first win of the season, the Rams flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 6 interconfernce duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

. St. Louis got the opening charge in the first quarter with quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

's 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery
Donnie Avery
Donnie D. Avery is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.-Early years:...

. The Jaguars would answer with running back Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew is a professional American football player who currently plays running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League . He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft...

 getting a 4-yard touchdown run (with a failed PAT). Afterwards, the Rams would get the only points of the second quarter as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 52-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, a back-and-forth quarter would ensue. Jones-Drew would help Jacksonville take the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run, yet Rams defensive end Leonard Little
Leonard Little
Leonard Antonio Little is a former American football defensive end. He was originally drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.-Early years:...

 would return an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Following a 3-yard touchdown run by Jones-Drew, St. Louis would tie the game with Brown's 27-yard field goal. However, in overtime, the Jaguars got the last laugh as kicker Josh Scobee
Josh Scobee
Joshua Taylor Scobee is an American football placekicker, who currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League . He began his college football career as kicker for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs, setting several school records...

 booted the game-winning 36-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–6.

Week 7: vs. Indianapolis Colts



Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Rams went home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League ....

. St. Louis would trail early in the first quarter as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League . Manning holds the record for most NFL MVP awards with four. He was drafted by the Colts as the first overall pick in 1998 after a standout college football career with the...

 completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne
Reginald "Reggie" Wayne is a professional American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Wayne was selected in the 1st round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Colts...

. The Rams would answer with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown, but Indianapolis answered with Manning's 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark
Dallas Clark
Dallas Dean Clark is an American football tight end for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts 24th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Iowa...

. Afterwards, the Colts would get the only score of the second quarter with running back Joseph Addai
Joseph Addai
Joseph Addai, Jr. is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University.-Early years:Addai's family hails from Ghana in West Africa...

's 6-yard touchdown run.

St. Louis would begin the third quarter with Brown booting a 45-yard field goal, yet Indianapolis continued their domination as cornerback Jacob Lacey
Jacob Lacey
Jacob Lacey is an American football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2009...

 return an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Colts closed out the game with Manning's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Collie
Austin Collie
Austin Kirk Collie is a Canadian-American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League . He was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft...

 and running back Chad Simpson
Chad Simpson
Chad Simpson is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2008...

's 35-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–7

Week 8: at Detroit Lions



Still in the hunt for their first win of the season, the Rams flew to Ford Field
Ford Field
Ford Field is an indoor American football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan, USA, that is the current home field of the NFL's Detroit Lions. It is owned by the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority. It regularly seats 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for...

 for a Week 8 duel with the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League , and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and...

. St. Louis got the game's first points in the opening quarter as kicker Josh Brown booted a 41-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions got on the board due to a Rams miscue. Safety James Butler got an interception in his endzone. He would then run out and then back in, where he would be tackled by Detroit running back Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith (running back)
Kevin Smith is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Central Florida.-Early years:Smith attended Southridge High School...

 for a safety. Afterwards, St. Louis would close out the half with a trick play. On a fake field goal attempt, Brown would complete a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Fells
Daniel Fells
Daniel Fells is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at UC Davis.Fells has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St...

.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions began to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia....

 got a 4-yard touchdown and completed a 2-point conversion pass to running back Maurice Morris
Maurice Morris
Maurice Autora Morris is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.-Early life:Morris attended Chester High School in Chester, South...

. The Rams prevailed as running back Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson
Steven Rashad Jackson is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University....

 got a 25-yard touchdown run.

With the win, not only did St. Louis enter their bye week at 1–7, but they also snapped a 17-game losing streak. This would also be the first win for rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo
Steve Spagnuolo
Steven Christopher Spagnuolo is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.-Early years:Born...

.

Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints



Coming off their bye week, the Rams went home for a Week 10 duel with the undefeated New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are members of the South Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League ....

. After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis would trail in the second quarter as Saints running back Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush
Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush II is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft...

 got a 3-yard touchdown run. The Rams would answer as quarterback Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger
Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

 found wide receiver Donnie Avery
Donnie Avery
Donnie D. Avery is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.-Early years:...

 on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Even though New Orleans retook the lead with quarterback Drew Brees
Drew Brees
Drew Christopher Brees is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue....

' 15-yard touchdown pass to Bush, St. Louis would close out the half with running back Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson
Steven Rashad Jackson is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University....

's 2-yard touchdown run.

The Saints would deliver a huge strike in the third quarter as wide receiver Courtney Roby
Courtney Roby
Courtney Eugene Roby is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft...

 returned the second half's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, yet the Rams would keep it close with kicker Josh Brown's 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans would increase their lead with Brees' 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Saints 27th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee....

. St. Louis tried to rally as Bulger completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Avery (with a failed 2-point conversion), but the Saints' defense would prevent any further progress.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1–8.

Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals



Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Saints, the Rams went home for an NFC West rivalry match against the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

.

In the first quarter, St. Louis got on the board first with kicker Josh Brown getting a 40-yard field goal. The Rams fell behind with QB Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner
Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a retired American football player. He played quarterback for three National Football League teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing...

 making a 5-yard touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin
-Arizona Cardinals:As a rookie Boldin set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in his first game , tied Billy Sims for most yards from scrimmage by a rookie in his first game , and holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 26 games of an NFL career...

 and then to WR Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, and currently ranks fourth all-time in league history in receiving yards per game for a career , behind Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, and Marvin Harrison...

 on a 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Cardinals lead extended as rookie RB Beanie Wells made a 1-yard touchdown run to end the half.

The Rams replied in the third quarter with kicker Josh Brown making a 20-yard field goal. The Rams tried hard to come back into the game in the fourth quarter with RB Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson
Steven Rashad Jackson is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University....

 running 1 yard to the endzone for a touchdown, but the Cardinals' defense prevented the case, giving the Rams another loss.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1–9 and stay winless at home, with their home record at 0–5.

Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks



With the loss, the Rams were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 13: at Chicago Bears



Week 14: at Tennessee Titans



Week 15: vs. Houston Texans



Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals



Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers



The Rams clinched the first overall pick in the NFL draft after their loss to the 49ers

Local TV Blackouts


In the 2009 season, the Rams
Rams
Rams, most commonly, refers to the plural of the word ram. In zoology, a ram is an uncastrated adult male sheep.Other uses of Rams include:-Acronyms:* Roseville Area Middle School, a Minnesota Middle School...

 had 3 regular season games blacked out on local television. After selling out their first 5 games, attendance began to drop and the Rams
Rams
Rams, most commonly, refers to the plural of the word ram. In zoology, a ram is an uncastrated adult male sheep.Other uses of Rams include:-Acronyms:* Roseville Area Middle School, a Minnesota Middle School...

 couldn't sell out their final 3 games against the Seahawks, Texans
Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team is currently a member of the Southern Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

, and 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and...

. In all of these instances, the Rams fell well short of a sellout and didn't even ask for a deadline extension from the NFL to try to sell the remaining tickets and avert a blackout. Since 2007, the Rams
Rams
Rams, most commonly, refers to the plural of the word ram. In zoology, a ram is an uncastrated adult male sheep.Other uses of Rams include:-Acronyms:* Roseville Area Middle School, a Minnesota Middle School...

 have only won 2 games at the Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome
The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was...

.

Staff

St. Louis Rams 2009 staff
Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman – Chip Rosenbloom
    Chip Rosenbloom
    Dale "Chip" Rosenbloom, the son of Carroll Rosenbloom and Georgia Frontiere, is part owner of the St. Louis Rams alongside his sister Lucia Rodriguez, which they inherited from their mother...

  • Owner/Vice Chairman – Stan Kroenke
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations/COO – Kevin Demoff
  • General Manager – Billy Devaney
    Billy Devaney
    William Joseph Peter Francis "Billy" Devaney is a professional American football executive. He is currently the general manager for the St. Louis Rams NFL team. He was formerly an assistant to the general manager with the Atlanta Falcons...

  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Tony Softli
  • Director of Player Personnel – Lawrence McCutcheon
    Lawrence McCutcheon
    Lawrence McCutcheon is a former American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams from 1972–1980, the Denver Broncos & Seattle Seahawks in 1980 and finished his playing career in 1981 with the Buffalo Bills, reuniting with his former Rams coach Chuck Knox.-Professional Career:McCutcheon was...

  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mike Williams


Head Coaches
  • Head Coach – Steve Spagnuolo
    Steve Spagnuolo
    Steven Christopher Spagnuolo is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.-Early years:Born...

  • Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks – Dick Curl
    Dick Curl
    Richard "Dick" Curl is a former American football coach who has retired as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.-External links:*...



Offensive Coaches
  • Offensive Coordinator – Pat Shurmur
    Pat Shurmur
    Pat Shurmur is currently the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.-Playing career:Shurmur was a four-year letterman in football at Michigan State University. He played guard and linebacker his freshman season, and started at center the next three seasons. He earned All-Big 10 Conference honors in...

  • Running Backs – Sylvester Croom
    Sylvester Croom
    Sylvester Croom, Jr. is the former football head coach at Mississippi State University and current running backs coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was the first African American head football coach in the Southeastern Conference...

  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
    Charlie Baggett
    -Biography:Baggett was born on January 21, 1953 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He first the attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later transferred to Michigan State University where he played quarterback on the football team...

  • Tight Ends – Frank Leonard
  • Offensive Line – Steve Loney
    Steve Loney
    -External links:* *...

  • Assistant Offensive Line – Art Valero
  • Quality Control/Offense – Andy Sugarman
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Ken Flajole
    Ken Flajole
    Ken Flajole is an American football coach. He is the current defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.He served as linebackers coach for the Carolina Panthers, where he has spent the past six seasons. Flajole replaced Sal Sunseri as defensive assistant in 2003, bringing with him five years of...

  • Defensive Line – Brendan Daly
    Brendan Daly (American football)
    Brendan Daly is an American football coach. He is the current defensive line coach of the St. Louis Rams.Daley joined the Rams in 2009 after three season as the assistant defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings....

  • Linebackers – Paul Ferraro
  • Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks – Clayton Lopez
  • Defensive Backs/Safeties – Andre Curtis
  • Quality Control/Defense – Matt House


  • Special Teams Coaches
    • Special Teams Coordinator – Tom McMahon
    • Quality Control/Special Teams – Derius Swinton


    Strength and Conditioning
    • Strength – Rock Gullickson
      Rock Gullickson
      -Career:Gullickson first served as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Montana State Bobcats, where he was a member of the 1984 National Championship team. He later held the same position with the Green Bay Packers before being hired by the St. Louis Rams in 2009.In 2008 while with the Packers...

    • Assistant Strength – Chuck Faucette
      Chuck Faucette
      Charles Faucette, Jr. is a former American football linebacker and former St. Louis Rams strength and conditioning coach. He played two seasons for the San Diego Chargers, appearing in ten games...



    Final roster

    St. Louis Rams 2009 final roster
    Quarterbacks
    • 12 Jason Johnson
      Jason Johnson
      Jason Michael Johnson is starting pitcher for the Camden Riversharksin the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He throws and bats right-handed.-Career:...

    •  9 Keith Null
      Keith Null
      Keith Null is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2009 NFL Draft...

    • 13 Mike Reilly
      Mike Reilly (American football)
      -Pittsburgh Steelers:Mike Reilly was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reilly went 10-of-15 for 117 yards during the 2009 preseason, but was waived on Sept. 5, 2009....



    Running Backs
    • 34 Kenneth Darby
      Kenneth Darby
      Kenneth Darby is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Darby has also been a member of the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Alabama.-Early...

    • 35 Samkon Gado
      Samkon Gado
      Samkon Kaltho Gado is an Nigerian-American running back of American football who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Liberty....

    • 39 Steven Jackson
      Steven Jackson
      Steven Rashad Jackson is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University....

    • 44 Mike Karney
      Mike Karney
      Michael John Mario Karney is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft...

       FB
    • 22 Chris Ogbonnaya
      Chris Ogbonnaya
      Chris Ogbonnaya is an American football running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft...



    Wide Receivers
    • 16 Danny Amendola
      Danny Amendola
      Daniel Amendola is an American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008...

       RS
    • 17 Donnie Avery
      Donnie Avery
      Donnie D. Avery is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.-Early years:...

    • 11 Brandon Gibson
      Brandon Gibson
      Brandon Lewis Gibson is an American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football and college basketball at Washington State.-Early years:Gibson grew up...

    • 87 Jordan Kent
      Jordan Kent
      Jordan Russell Kent is a free agent American football wide receiver who last played for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.-Early years:Kent attended Winston...

    • 82 Ruvell Martin
      Ruvell Martin
      Ruvell Martin is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. He played college football at Saginaw Valley State....



    Tight Ends
    • 47 Billy Bajema
      Billy Bajema
      Billy Bajema is an American football tight end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft...

    • 84 Randy McMichael
      Randy McMichael
      -Miami Dolphins:McMichael was selected in the fourth round in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. The pick used by Dolphins to select him was originally acquired from the New Orleans Saints in the deal that sent running back Ricky Williams to the Miami Dolphins.McMichael made his NFL debut...

    Offensive Linemen
  • 62 Roger Allen III
    Roger Allen III
    Roger Allen III is an American football guard for the St. Louis Rams in the National Football League...

    G
  • 70 Alex Barron T
  • 60 Jason Brown C
  • 73 Adam Goldberg T
  • 79 John Greco
    John Greco
    John Patrick Greco is an American football guard for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was a top guard prospect in the 2008 NFL Draft...

     G
  • 68 Ryan McKee
    Ryan McKee
    Ryan McKee is an American football offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Southern Mississippi.- Early years :McKee attended Daphne High School, Alabama, and was a...

    T
  • 66 Mark Setterstrom
    Mark Setterstrom
    Mark David Setterstrom is an American football guard for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft...

     C
  • 77 Jason Smith
    Jason Smith (American football)
    -St. Louis Rams:On July 30, 2009 the Rams agreed to terms with Smith on a six-year contract with $33 million in guarantees. The maximum value of the deal is $61 million. The sixth year is voidable, which would leave Smith with $6.6 million per year over five years....

    T
  • 64 Phil Trautwein
    Phil Trautwein
    Phillip Charles "Phil" Trautwein is an American professional football player who is an offensive tackle in the National Football League . Trautwein played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he has played professionally for the St...

    T
  • 61 Eric Young
    Eric Young (American football)
    Eric Darrell Young is an American football guard for the San Diego Chargers. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at the Tennessee....

     T


  • Defensive Linemen
    • 94 Victor Adeyanju
      Victor Adeyanju
      Victor Adeyanju is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana....

       DE
    • 69 Leger Douzable
      Leger Douzable
      Leger Douzable is an American football defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at UCF.Douzable has also played for the New York Giants, St...

       DT
    • 96 James Hall DE
    • 91 Leonard Little
      Leonard Little
      Leonard Antonio Little is a former American football defensive end. He was originally drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.-Early years:...

       DE
    • 72 Chris Long
      Chris Long (American football)
      Christopher Howard Long is an American football defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.Long is a son of Hall of Fame NFL defensive end Howie Long.-Early...

       DE
    • 99 LaJuan Ramsey
      LaJuan Ramsey
      LaJuan Ramsey is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California....

       DT
    • 95 Clifton Ryan
      Clifton Ryan
      -St. Louis Rams:Ryan was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. On July 14, 2007, the St. Louis Rams agreed to terms with Ryan on a three-year $1.24 million contract that included a $129,000 signing bonus. In his debut season he played in all 16 games finishing...

       DT
    • 97 Darell Scott DT
    • 76 James Wyche
      James Wyche
      James Wyche is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse....

       DE
    Linebackers
  • 50 K. C. Asiodu
    K. C. Asiodu
    Ekenemchukwu "K. C." Dennis Asiodu [ah-see-OH-due] is an American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2009...

    OLB
  • 57 Chris Chamberlain
    Chris Chamberlain
    Chris Chamberlain is an American football linebacker for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft...

     OLB
  • 59 Larry Grant
    Larry Grant (American football)
    Larry Grant is an American football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.Grant has also played for the St...

     OLB
  • 55 James Laurinaitis
    James Laurinaitis
    -St. Louis Rams:Laurinaitis was drafted in the 2nd round 35th overall by the St. Louis Rams. On July 29, 2009, he signed a four-year, $5.1 million contract. The deal contained $3.3 million guaranteed...

    MLB
  • 53 Paris Lenon
    Paris Lenon
    Paris Michael Lenon is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2000...

     OLB
  • 58 David Vobora
    David Vobora
    David Vobora is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the final pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant...

     OLB


  • Defensive Backs
    • 24 Ron Bartell CB
    • 37 James Butler SS
    • 36 Quincy Butler
      Quincy Butler
      Quincy Devone Butler is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Texas Christian University.He has also been a member of the Calgary Stampeders...

       CB
    • 43 Craig Dahl
      Craig Dahl
      Craig Dahl is an American football safety for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007...

       FS
    • 25 Danny Gorrer
      Danny Gorrer
      -First stint with New Orleans Saints:Danny Gorrer was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 offseason. He was released, however.-St. Louis Rams:...

      CB
    • 42 Clinton Hart
      Clinton Hart
      Clinton Glenn Hart is an American football safety for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He was signed by the Tallahassee Thunder as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He attended College of Central Florida.Hart has been a member of the Tampa Bay Storm, Philadelphia Eagles and San...

       SS
    • 31 Justin King
      Justin King (American football)
      King was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a three-year $1.52 million contract that included a $376,000 signing bonus.-2008 Season:...

       CB
    • 23 Cord Parks
      Cord Parks
      Cordelius "Cord" Parks is an American football cornerback and wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was picked up on waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on June 16, 2010. He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2009...

      CB/WR
    • 27 David Roach
      David Roach (American football)
      David Roach is an American football safety who is currently a member of the Detroit Lions. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Texas Christian....

       FS
    • 20 Jonathan Wade
      Jonathan Wade
      -St. Louis Rams:Jonathon Wade was the 84th pick overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Wade signed a three-year deal worth $1.635 million that included a signing bonus of $516,375 Over the course of his rookie season at cornerback, Wade played 16 games and made one start as a...

       CB


    Special Teams
    •  3 Josh Brown K
    •  5 Donnie Jones
      Donnie Jones
      Donald Scott Jones, Jr. is an American football punter for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He played collegiately at Louisiana State University.-High school career:...

       P
    • 92 Ryan Neill
      Ryan Neill
      Ryan Neill is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He grew up in Wayne, New Jersey and played college football at Rutgers.Neill has also played for the San Diego...

       LS
    Reserve Lists
  • 98 C. J. Ah You
    C. J. Ah You
    Charles "C. J." Ah You, Jr. is an American football defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.-High school:Ah You played high school football at Lone...

     DE (IR)
  • 21 Oshiomogho Atogwe
    Oshiomogho Atogwe
    Oshiomogho Isaac "O.J." Atogwe is a Canadian safety of American football for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.-Early years:He attended high school at W.F....

     FS (IR)
  • 41 Eric Bassey
    Eric Bassey
    Eric O. Bassey is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Oklahoma.-Early years:...

     SS (IR)
  • 63 Jacob Bell
    Jacob Bell (American football)
    Jacob Bell is an American football guard for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami University.-Early years:Bell was born on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio...

     G (IR)
  • 10 Marc Bulger
    Marc Bulger
    Marc Robert Bulger [] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia....

     QB (IR)
  • 14 Keenan Burton
    Keenan Burton
    -St. Louis Rams:Burton would be selected 128th overall in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He signed a three-year, $1.459 million contract with the Rams on July 4, 2008. The deal included a $309,000 signing bonus...

     WR (IR)
  • 90 Adam Carriker
    Adam Carriker
    Adam Eugene Carriker, , is a professional American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.-Early years:Carriker attended Kennewick High...

     DT (IR)
  • 46 Daniel Fells
    Daniel Fells
    Daniel Fells is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at UC Davis.Fells has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St...

     TE (IR)
  • 32 Bradley Fletcher
    Bradley Fletcher
    -External links:*...

    CB (IR)
  • 83 Brooks Foster
    Brooks Foster
    Foster broke Eddie Royal's record for most bench press reps ever for a wide receiver at the NFL combine.-St. Louis Rams:On April 26, 2009, Foster was drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately, his rookie season would be cut short after injuring his ankle against the New York...

    WR (IR)
  • 71 Gary Gibson
    Gary Gibson (American football)
    Gary Gibson is an American football defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005...

     DT (IR)
  • 45 Chris Massey
    Chris Massey
    Christopher Todd Massey is an American football long snapper who is currently on Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft...

     LS (IR)
  • 19 Laurent Robinson
    Laurent Robinson
    Laurent Robinson is an American football wide receiver who is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois State.He has also been a member of the St...

     WR (IR)
  • -- Claude Wroten
    Claude Wroten
    Claude James Wroten is an American football defensive tackle for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State.Wroten's NFL rights are still held by the Rams...

     DT (Susp.)




  • Practice Squad
    • 93 Chris Bradwell
      Chris Bradwell
      Christopher D. Bradwell is a professional defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Troy....

       DT
    • 30 Marcus Brown
      Marcus Brown (American football)
      -Arizona Cardinals:Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals on May 2, 2008. After playing in Arizona's first three preseason games, he was released on August 26, 2008.-Cincinnati Bengals:...

       CB
    • 49 Eric Butler
      Eric Butler (American football)
      Michael Eric Butler is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Mississippi State....

       TE
    • 65 Sean Conover
      Sean Conover
      Sean Wayne Conover is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Bucknell....

       DE
    • -- Mark Lewis G
    • 67 Drew Miller
      Drew Miller (American football)
      Drew Miller is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football for the University of Florida....

       C
    • 56 Jay Moore
      Jay Moore
      -San Francisco 49ers:On September 1, 2007, Moore was placed on the San Francisco 49ers' injured reserve list after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain in the final game of the pre-season....

      OLB
    • 86 Sean Walker WR




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    53 Active, 14 Inactive, 8 PS

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