It's clear now, though, that the Rams really need more defense and the Jaguars more offense.
On a day when the 7-2 Rams rolled up the score, 35-10, the players they beat, the Carolina Panthers, controlled the ball for up to eight minutes at a time and kept the Ram air force off the field for much of the second half.
That could have been, for St. Louis, a disastrous half.
With more touchdown punch, the 3-6 Panthers would have overcome their two game-turning mistakes, which gave the Rams two cheap touchdowns on an interception return and fumble return.
The NFL's only once-beaten team, 8-1 Jacksonville, played not to lose to 3-6 Baltimore, and made good, sort of, 6-3.
In his understanding of what it takes to win pro football championships, Jacksonville Coach Tom Coughlin appears to have a solid grasp of everything but the one thing that might beat him in the end: pass offense.
Rams Match Up Well With Jags
Although the playoffs will be a more difficult test than the regular season for the Rams, they have the kind of team that might trouble Jacksonville on Super Bowl day if both clubs get there.
In particular, the St. Louis players match up effectively against Jacksonville's.
The strength of the Rams is their offense, which, with quarterback Kurt Warner throwing to the men in the NFL's most helpful five-receiver group, figures to score some against even a great defense like Tom Coughlin's.
The weakness of the Rams, their defense, won't bother them so much if it's the Jaguars on the other side.
The Jaguars have the passer, Mark Brunell, but not yet the offensive know- how.
Their strength is that for years, Coughlin has been cleverly putting the Jaguar team together.
The Rams, by contrast, came up overnight from nothingness.
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