St. Louis looked like one of the more disappointing teams in the NFL at midseason, lagging at 3-6 and with quarterback Sam Bradford out for the year.

But behind some surprisingly solid play from quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Rams have gone 4-2 since — including dominant wins over Indianapolis and New Orleans at home — and could finish 8-8, which would be their first non-losing season since also going 8-8 in 2006.

The Rams feature a rugged defensive front seven that has produced 49 sacks and limited opponents to 102.3 yards rushing, seventh-best in the NFL.

Bob Condotta

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