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Rams' turnover slump at 5 games

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 5:47pm  ET

St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson, left, fumbles the ball as he is hit by New York Jets free safety LaRon Landry, right, during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. Jets' Garrett McIntyre recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An errant pass bounced off hands of the New York Jets' Joe McKnight on the sideline, tantalizingly soaring just out of the reach of St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell and an easy touchdown return.

In the opening series of last week's loss, Mikell stripped Mark Sanchez, and the ball bounced right back into the quarterback's hands.

Those are just two of the latest frustrations for St. Louis, which hasn't forced a turnover the last five games -- tied for the NFL's worst since 1950. Given turnovers are such momentum changers, it should come as no surprise that the Rams (3-6-1) are 0-4-1 during that stretch.

In the last 62 years, only the Rams, the 2011 Indianapolis Colts and 2006 Washington Redskins have gone five games without a takeaway. They'll try to end the slump on Sunday at Arizona, which lost a fumble in Week 5 for the Rams' last turnover.


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