One reason for the Football Outsiders' undue optimism for the 2009 Rams: the 2008 Rams lost more starters' games to injury than any team this side of the 2001 Ravens. Unfortunately for their projection systems and the St. Louis Rams, things were nearly as bad in 2009. The one good thing about hitting 70 Adjusted Games Lost for a third straight season? That the Rams don't play in Boston.â†µ
"At this point," they say, "we're surprised that noted Bambino watcher Dan Shaughnessy hasn't put a name on this 'curse' and written 12 different books about it." And that's why it's good to be in a small media market.