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Quick Take: Saints-Rams

In Brief

» Last meeting: Marc Bulger passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rams past the Saints, 37-29, in Week 10 of the 2007 season.
» Streaks: The Rams have won three of the past four and have a 38-30 overall series edge, including the playoffs.
» Last week: New Orleans rallied from an early 14-point deficit to knock off rival Carolina, 30-20. ... St. Louis was on a bye.

Keep your eye on ...The Saints' opportunistic defense: St. Louis has committed a league-high five turnovers that have been returned for touchdowns. New Orleans, meanwhile, has scored a league-high seven defensive touchdowns. If the Saints are able to get another score or two from their defense in this game, it might be too much for the Rams to overcome.

New Orleans' diverse backfield: The Saints have one of the NFL's most versatile corps of running backs. Pierre Thomas is an agile back that can run inside or out, Mike Bell is a power rusher between the tackles and Reggie Bush is a change-of-pace runner that can bounce it outside for explosive plays or make catches in the passing game. It won't be easy for the Rams' 27th-ranked run defense to contain the Saints' cadre of rushers.

Marc Bulger's accuracy: In his last outing against the Saints in 2007, Bulger had one of the best games of his career. He will need to play more like he did in that game (27 of 33) than he has in his past two outings (31 of 61) to give the Rams a chance at an upset.

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New Orleans is going for its first 8-0 start ever. ... The Saints average a league-high 37.9 points per game. ... Rams DE Leonard Little has a sack in four straight games against the Saints. ... St. Louis' Daniel Fells leads the team with three TD catches.

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