Rams Return To Work

James Laurinaitis (Getty/G Newman Lowrance)

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams returned to work on Monday morning following their bye week with a share of first place in the NFC's West division.

"We're aware of the stats and standings," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "We acknowledge them both good and bad, but we don't focus on them. We just move on. These guys know we've got a pretty tough game on Sunday."

"It is what it is," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "We've got eight games to go and I think kind of what this team is been about is nobody's celebrating. Everybody's got to go out and control what we can control."

The Rams (4-4) are the only NFC West team with a winning record in their last five games, at 3-2, and head to San Francisco this weekend for a game against the 49ers (2-6) still searching for their first road victory.

The road struggles for Spagnuolo's squad are well documented. The Rams have lost their last six road games, going back to last year's win at Detroit, and they have won just one road game in their last 16.

Since 2007, St. Louis has now lost 23 of 27 games on the road.

"You've just got to focus on your details," Laurinaitis said. "If you're focusing too much on where we're playing the game, it's going to take away from the details of your assignments. Coach has stressed all along home or away, no matter where the game's played, if it's played in the parking lot out here, we've got to figure out a way to get a W. You can't focus too much on the setting."

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