The winner of the primetime Sunday night matchup between the Rams (7-8) and Seahawks (6-9) will advance to the postseason as one of the most improbable playoff participants in league history.
At his press conference on Monday afternoon, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was asked if he was surprised by the quick turnaround.
“No, because again, I didn’t throw expectations out there,” Spagnuolo told reporters. “Not in my mind, not to the team. The only goal was to find somehow, some way to win the NFC West. I think I’ve said this before: until they told us that we couldn’t possibly do it, we’d proceed accordingly. And now it’s one game, prime time, et cetera, et cetera, and we’re playing on Sunday night, which I think is great for the team. It’s kind of another step in this whole thing.”
BRADFORD BREAKS RECORD
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford was impressive in Sunday’s 25-17 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
He completed 28 of 37 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 107. He was at his best in the second half, when he completed 16 of 20 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown and a QB rating of 118.3.
The No. 1 overall draft pick now has 335 completions on the season, which broke Peyton Manning’s record (326, 1998) for the most by a rookie in NFL history. His 554 attempts is now just second behind Manning’s rookie record of 575.
The Rams look like they will go into their final regular season game in good shape with injuries.
Spagnuolo said Monday that he hopes to get rookie tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) back at some point this week.
“Now we’ll have to tread lightly here,” Spagnuolo said. “What (trainer) Reggie’s (Scott) going to try to do on Wednesday is maybe try to get him out there. But he’ll probably work mostly with Reggie on Wednesday. We’ll see where he is and then if we can get him in practice Thursday, we’ll do that.”
Other than Hoomanawanui’s high ankle sprain, the Rams are dealing with some other bumps and bruises.
Rookie cornerback Jerome Murphy, the team’s third-round pick, has a broken bone in one of his fingers.
“We think he’ll be able to just wrap it up and play with it but we’ll have to see,” Spagnuolo said. “I told him he still has nine fingers, so he should be OK. He’s a tough guy, he played with it yesterday.”
Defensive end Chris Long played through a thigh injury on Sunday and rookie defensive end Eugene Sims suffered a knee bruise during the game but Spagnuolo didn’t think it was serious.