Updated: Saturday, September 25, 2004 8:40 AM EDT
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New Orleans (1-1) at St. Louis (1-1) Sunday, 1:00 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The New Orleans Saints would figure to need all their offensive firepower to keep up with the St. Louis Rams.

Unfortunately for the Saints, they will be without their best offensive player - running back Deuce McAllister - heading into Sunday's game against the Rams.

McAllister suffered a high right ankle sprain on the Saints' first possession in last week's 30-27 win over San Francisco. He will be sidelined for at least a month.

Losing McAllister is a big blow for the Saints. He finished second in the NFC in rushing last season when he gained 1,641 yards to go along with eight touchdowns.

Aaron Stecker , McAllister's replacement, also left the contest against the 49ers with an ankle injury. He carried 15 times for 41 yards prior to getting hurt. But he is expected to play in this one.

Against the 49ers, Aaron Brooks completed 25-of-34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. His final TD was a 16-yarder to Donte' Stallworth with 61 seconds remaining.

St. Louis enters the contest with a franchise record 15-game regular-season winning streak at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams have not lost at home in the regular season since September 29, 2002 against Dallas.

After opening the season with a home victory over Arizona, the Rams took to the road last week and endured a 34-17 drubbing against the Atlanta Falcons .

Torry Holt had nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown and Isaac Bruce eight for 102 against the Falcons. Marc Bulger went 24-of-31 for 285 yards and one touchdown with an interception and a fumble in the end zone that was recovered for a TD.

The Rams have committed five turnovers in their first two games.

Matchup to watch: Bruce, who has more than 700 career receptions, vs. left cornerback Ashley Ambrose . Ambrose had a late interception against San Francisco.

Series: St. Louis leads, 36-28

Next week: New Orleans at Arizona, October 3 St. Louis at San Francisco, October 3

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