ST. LOUIS — Jeff Fisher began rebuilding the St. Louis Rams' confidence when he was hired in mid-January. Now they've got the results to back it up.
Heading into a three-day break and a 10-day gap between games, the Rams (3-2) have more to savor than just knocking off previously unbeaten Arizona. They've already topped their win total from the dismal 2011 season with 11 games to go, and they're 3-0 at home for the first time since 2003.
"To be in this position and to have this franchise above .500 is a beautiful thing," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "I'm happy to be a part of it."
Far from satisfied, too. Never too early to start thinking about next weekend's game at Miami.
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Laurinaitis, an Ohio State alum, are driving to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Saturday.
"But I'm downloading all the Dolphins stuff," Finnegan said. "So, football won't be too far away from me."
The key to the 17-3 victory over the Cardinals was a fast-improving defense that sacked Kevin Kolb nine times, the Rams' best total in 14 years, with very little blitzing. End Robert Quinn, one of three first-round picks on the line, had a career day with three sacks.