Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Not Ready to Stall for Colts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Not Ready to Stall for Colts

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The best in the West. That would be your St. Louis Rams.

"We definitely take pride in that," cornerback Todd Lyght said. "It feels good. It's been a long time since we've been in first place."

The 1989 season to be exact, when the Rams started 5-0, finished 11-5 and made the National Football Conference title game. With a heartfelt thank you to Detroit, which knocked off San Francisco 27-24 in the Monday Night game, the Rams have undisputed possession of first place in the NFC West.

"That don't mean diddly. Not to me," said the Road Grader, offensive guard Dwayne White.

But it has gotten a lot of folks excited in the St. Louis area. A 4-0 start also brought a rare glimmer of national recognition the Rams' way. Can they keep it up? Or will success lead to fat heads and self-satisfaction?

"All of a sudden we're a curiosity amongst the media other than just in St. Louis," coach Rich Brooks said. "We can't get all carried away with some newfound attention because it'll go away in a real quick fashion if we don't take care of business."

The business at hand is Indianapolis (1-2) at noon Sunday in the RCA Dome.

A victory puts the Rams at 5-0, with their next two games at home and three road victories in the bank. A loss gives them the bye week to stew over the defeat and dredge up old doubts.

"Coach Brooks emphasized all the hard work that we put into it up to this point, and how it would be a shame to fall off," Lyght said. "We're looking at the season as four quarters long. We're done with the first quarter and this is the start of the second. We don't want to start it off on a bad note."

Surprisingly, the unbeaten Rams begin the "second quarter" as they began the first - as underdogs. The Colts are three-point favorites even though they've lost to Cincinnati and needed overtime to subdue the lowly New York Jets.

"Everybody's looking for an upset, basically for our team to come out flat and not perform," linebacker Carlos Jenkins said.

"It's a bit disappointing that people are still not taking us seriously," said wide receiver Jessie Hester, who played for the Colts from 1990-93.

"I think we're going to fight that until we beat someone like San Francisco, or we get enough wins where people say, `Hey, the Rams might be for real,' " offensive tackle Wayne Gandy said. …

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