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Rams try to get back to .500, face Cardinals

Nov 28, 2006 - 10:21 PM Arizona (2-9) at St Louis (5-6) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Rams look for their second straight win Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West matchup.

Trying to stay in the playoff race, the Rams snapped a five-game losing streak with last week's 20-17 victory over San Francisco.

Marc Bulger provided the winning points against the Niners with a five-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis with 29 seconds remaining.

The Rams have not won consecutive games since a three-game run earlier this season that left them with a 4-1 record.

St. Louis' winning streak started with a 16-14 victory at Arizona on September 24. Linebacker Will Witherspoon sealed the win by recovering a fumble at his own 18 with less than two minutes remaining.

Bulger completed 21-of-31 passes for 309 yards and a TD while Torry Holt had eight receptions for 120 yards for the Rams, who beat the Cardinals for the seventh time in the last nine meetings.

Kurt Warner, who won a Super Bowl and two MVPs with St. Louis from 1999-2004, completed 19-of-28 attempts for 256 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.

Now Warner has been relegated to the bench in favor of rookie Matt Leinart, who is just 1-6 as the starter.

Last week, Cardinals coach Dennis Green utilized the game plan of letting Leinart air it out in a 31-26 loss at Minnesota. Leinart completed 31-of-51 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

Against the Vikings, 52 of the Cardinals' 57 plays were passes. Two-time rushing champion Edgerrin James carried just four times for 15 yards. James should get plenty of opportunities against the Rams, who rank last in the league against the run, allowing 154.8 yards per game.

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