Meanwhile, the Rams were able to halt a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 34-20 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Sam Bradford had his best game of the season with 222 passing yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a QB rating of 105.3. He is off to the best start of his career and is sixth in the NFL in completions (126) and tied for fifth in the league with 10 touchdown passes. His 85.7 passer rating and yardage total are the highest through four games.
Bradford, who has thrown a TD pass in nine straight games, hit seven different receivers and Austin Pettis came through with 49 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions. Pettis leads the Rams with four touchdown catches and rookie Zac Stacy carried the ground load with 78 yards on 14 touches in his first NFL start. Stacy helped the Rams gain a season-high 143 rushing yards.
St. Louis' highest scoring output helped the team snap a three-game losing streak and stay in the hunt in the NFC West. The Rams are in a stretch in which they'll play the four AFC South members over a six-week span and the run started against the Jaguars. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was pleased with the performance after losing to the 49ers 35-11 on Sept. 26.
"Seemed like a long 10 days, but it was a good win for us," said Rams coach Jeff Fisher. "Thirty-six rushes and 34 pass attempts, balance suggests that you're keeping the ball and creating third down situations that are convertible. Still got a long way to go."
Fisher's club is also in the midst of playing four of six games on the road and last won two in a row during a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25- Dec.9 last season.
St. Louis and Houston are meeting for the third time and the visitor has won both games in the series. The Texans, who joined the NFL in 2002, posted a 16-13 win in the previous meeting with the Rams on Dec. 20, 2009.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Look for Schaub to bounce back and finally put an end to giving the other team free points. Schaub has decent numbers against NFC teams at home, passing for 13 TDs with eight interceptions. He has faced Fisher plenty of times from the coach's days with the AFC South-rival Tennessee Titans.
"Matt is an excellent quarterback," Fisher said during a conference call. "He's won a lot of games. Personally, I've faced him many, many times and I know what he's capable of doing."
Fisher added that the Rams defense will have their hands full with Houston's offense, which also includes Johnson and Foster.
"We have to be disciplined," Fisher said. "We've faced obviously some good passing offenses, but this one in particular because, not only the drop-back, but the play-action game is outstanding. This is probably one of our biggest challenges to date."
The dynamic yet quiet Johnson averages an NFL-record 81.5 receiving yards per game and needs one catch to extend his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 107. Johnson, of course, has a history with Rams cornerback and former Titan Cortland Finnegan, who missed last week's game with a thigh injury and is questionable Sunday. Johnson and Finnegan came to blows in a game and both players were ejected.
Foster, meanwhile, is beginning to heat up and is averaging 100 rushing yards per game in his last two. He has five 100-yard performances in the past eight contests against the NFC.
At least St. Louis won't have to worry about Texans tight end Owen Daniels, who is reportedly expected to miss a chunk of time with a broken fibula sustained in Sunday's loss to the 'Niners. Daniels is second on the team with 24 receptions for 252 yards and his three touchdown catches ties him with tight end Garrett Graham for the team lead.
St. Louis' defense recorded three turnovers against the Jags, posting two interceptions to one fumble recovery. Safety Matt Giordano returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown and the Rams are hoping to keep Schaub's dubious streak intact.
Rams defensive ends Robert Quinn (5 sacks) and Chris Long (1 1/2 sacks) will try to rattle Schaub up front and force him into poor throws. Long may have a low number in sacks, but has 11 hurries and seven QB hits. He led the Rams with 11 1/2 sacks in 2012.
Kubiak still has trust in Schaub, but by no means is he pleased.
"I'm obviously very disappointed in turning the ball over and I'm trying to make a decision what I think gives us the best chance to win Sunday, Kubiak said earlier in the week."
A tidbit of advice for Kubiak would be to keep plugging away with the same philosophy because it worked the first two weeks and all of last season. Schaub will correct his mistakes with another solid week of practice and will once again get the best of Fisher. Johnson and Foster may have a say in Sunday's win as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texans 30, Rams 21