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Rams have some added motivation in game against Saints

By in Press Enterprise on November 26, 2017

By Vincent Bonsignore

The distance the Rams have created between their past and present is sufficient enough to render most of the pain and misery of previous seasons obsolete.

Situated in the thick of an exhilarating division championship and playoff chase, a remade franchise focused on an enviable present and bright future, it’s almost detrimental to peek back on wretched memories.

Almost.

Some things are better served holding onto, though. To be recalled at just the right time, for just the right reasons.

Like, say, the sting, anger and embarrassment of being the collateral damage of a vendetta being carried out between an opposing head coach and his former colleague. And the motivation those feelings will provide Sunday at the Coliseum when the Rams host the New Orleans Saints in a critical showdown between two of the best teams in the NFC.

The Rams have plenty of incentive as it is to win the game.

With the Seahawks nipping at their heels, a victory ensures at least a one-game lead over Seattle in the NFC West. Coming off a loss to the first-place Vikings in Minnesota last week, the Rams can’t afford another confidence-eroding loss against a fellow NFC power. And with the postseason a very real possibility, every win from here on out will assist in getting at least one home playoff game.

But there are even deeper, more personal motivations at play as well.

Like the marker they need to collect from Saints head coach Sean Payton for the way he stuck it to former Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — who served the same role under Payton from 2009-11 — by running up the score in a 49-21 win over the Rams last year.

It was a humiliating loss to say the least.

“All I remember was I wasn’t playing in the fourth quarter because we were getting beat so […]    

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