ST. LOUIS – Amazingly, Jim Mora – the one-time Colts coach, that is – was nowhere to be found.
“The playoffs, if San Francisco loses every game and we win every game, we’re in the thick of it, so mathematically we are still in this thing,” the wide receiver said, knowing exactly how it sounded given his team owns a 3-7 record. “That’s where I am at mentally and it’s not going to change unless someone tells me different.”
The Cardinals travel to play the Rams (2-8) Sunday. Mathematics might still be on their side, but reality is not. The postseason would take circumstances that are hard to fathom, in large part because the Cards are unable to control their own destiny.
Winning their own games is a different matter. The goal is to “win all of them,” defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. “Every last one of them. We aren’t trying to be in no battle to get Andrew Luck in the draft.”
The Rams are in a similar situation. The season having slipped away, finding a way to .500 would still be an improvement over last season. Unfortunately for St. Louis, they can’t keep any of their players healthy – tackle Jason Brown and receiver Mark Clayton were the latest to be placed on injured reserve this past week, the 11th and 12th players to land there this season.
Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo admitted it has been hard to deal with the injuries – “We are all human,” he said – but insisted his team won’t dwell on its record.
“I know it sounds cliché but I just believe on Wednesday morning that all 32 football teams are doing the same thing,” Spagnuolo said. “They are getting ready to play a football game and whatever challenges you are facing, you have to squarely look into that and face that challenge.”
The Cardinals just beat the Rams a few weeks ago.
Skelton was making his first start of the season. This time, he could be making his fourth.
Skelton could use a productive day from
The offense must improve their play and make sure the defense doesn’t get stuck on the field for more than 44 minutes again, like what happened against the 49ers. The defense played well, but couldn’t hold up that long.
Of course, the defense has had good moments in St. Louis. The last trip there was the opening game in 2010, when safety
That’s a goal that’s easy to get behind.
“The message is to play these six games the best we can play them and then see where we finish up,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s the message. I think our guys are on board with that. We are disappointed where we are, but our guys are working hard. We want to get better. That’s what the focus is.”