Coming out of their bye week and needing a victory to keep pace in the highly competitive NFC West, the Rams look to push their winning streak to three games against the resurgent Steelers on Sunday.
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When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
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The Rams (5–3) survived their first hiccup of the season before their week off, outclassing Atlanta and Cincinnati on the heels of a three-game losing streak. But they lost ground Sunday as San Francisco and Seattle–teams that dealt the Rams two of their three losses–both won in Week 9. Los Angeles enters the contest three games behind the 49ers for the NFC West lead and 1 1/2 games back of the second-place Seahawks.
Prior to the bye, the Rams offense looked back in sync in running up 61 points and 851 yards in those wins over the Falcons and Bengals. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp is in the midst of a breakout season with 58 catches for 792 yards, fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered last season. He's poised to surpass his career-best numbers of 62 receptions and 869 yards from his 2017 rookie season.
Kupp had seven catches for a career-best 220 yards in Los Angeles' 24–10 win over Cincinnati in England on Oct. 27 and has five games with 100 or more receiving yards. Running back Todd Gurley, though, still has not shown many flashes of being the dominant runner he was for most of his first four seasons in the league.
Gurley has only 355 rushing yards in seven games and also has not been featured as much in the passing game with just 15 receptions after totaling 123 catches the previous two seasons.
Pittsburgh (4–4) has played its way back into the AFC wild-card picture with three straight victories and looks to be Baltimore's only obstacle to winning the North. The Steelers were both lucky and good in edging the Indianapolis Colts, 26–24, last Sunday when Adam Vinatieri shanked a potential go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 1:11 to play.
Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick continues to justify the high price tag the Steelers paid acquiring him from Miami, flipping the momentum of the game with a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first half. Fitzpatrick has picked off four passes in six games since joining Pittsburgh, including three in the last two games.
The Steelers are hoping their health at the running back position improves leading up to this contest. Starter James Conner and backup Benny Snell both missed the win over the Colts due to injuries, and with Jaylen Samuels ineffective, fourth-stringer Trey Edmunds made a surprising contribution with 73 yards on 12 carries.