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Place: Wembley Stadium, London
New England is 4-3 on the season and has added a strong running game to its already potent passing attack. But the Patriots have lost leads in the fourth quarter in two straight games and their depleted secondary has been roasted. New England needed overtime and a little luck to defeat the New York Jets and stay above .500 for the season.
The Rams lost a little zip in their offensive attack when receiver Danny Amendola went down with a collarbone injury in Week 5. Since then, quarterback Sam Bradford has just one TD pass and the Rams have lost two straight.
This is technically a home game for the Rams, who are 0-3 away from St. Louis but can expect the crowd to back the internationally popular Patriots.
New England Patriots (4-3): Brady said the offense is too inconsistent, evidenced by the fact it has scored just two touchdowns in each of its past two games. But it’s the Pats’ defense that is clearly the major problem. Four teams have logged season highs in yards gained against New England, which has allowed an average of 338 yards through the air in its last five games.
The Patriots played once in London, defeating Tampa Bay 35-7 in 2009. New England has gained 350 yards or more in 16 straight games, tying the 1999-2000 Rams for the NFL record. Wes Welker leads the league with 688 receiving yards and Brady is second in passing with 2,104 yards.
St. Louis Rams (3-4): St. Louis dropped a 30-20 decision to Green Bay last week, the first time it has surrendered as many as 30 points this season.
The Rams, who rank a respectable 10th in total defense, had yielded 33 points combined in in their three previous contests. Amendola returned to practice this week but is not expected to play for a few more weeks. He’s missed the past two games but still leads the team in every receiving category.
1. This is sixth NFL regular-season game in England and the Rams’ first trip to London.
2. Both teams have byes next week.
3. WR Brandon Lloyd was added to the Patriots’ injury report (knee) on Wednesday.