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  • Sam's Silver Linings - Week Fourteen

    Sam's Silver Linings - Week Fourteen

    With three games left to go in the 2012 season, the Rams are still in the playoff hunt.

    If you’re a Rams fan, those are some of the most beautiful words you have heard this week. I know they are beautiful to me. The chances that the Rams will actually make it to the wild card round are very slim. If the season ended today, the Rams would be the 10th seed. Over the next three weeks, we will be facing three teams who are also in the hunt for a playoff spot. First, it’s the Vikings, then the Bucs, and finally the Seahawks. Each of these teams are dangerous – the Vikings are fighting their way up, the Seahawks are under the impression that they can actually win out and take the division...
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  • Av's "Looking Wild" - Week 15

    Av's "Looking Wild" - Week 15

    As the Niners have the NFC West well in hand, and the Cardinals are entirely irrelevant, I’m going to be “Looking Wild” rather than “Looking West” from here on out.

    Hopefully, my picks this week will be more on target!


    Rams 24
    Vikings 16
    I think the offense will wake up a bit this week with some home cooking. The key to the game will be containing Adrian Peterson and forcing Christian Ponder to make plays. Without Percy Harvin on the field, that is the Vikings’ weakness.

    Bills 21
    Seahawks 17
    This could be a real trap game for the Hawks, who have beenon a roll. They are not a great road team to start, and the Bills defense should match up well to Seattle’s offense.

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  • RamView, 12/10/2012: Rams 15, Bills 12 (Long)

    RamView, 12/10/2012: Rams 15, Bills 12 (Long)

    RamView, December 9, 2012 From the Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game #13: Rams 15, Bills 12 Behind Sam Bradford and some unlikely contributors, the Rams make an unlikely second-half rally and pull out a late, tense win in Buffalo. Even more unlikely, the Rams have pushed their way into the NFC playoff race, winning the kind of game they've been losing for years. An ugly, but memorable, win. Position by position: * QB: Sam Bradford (19-39-209, PR 62.9) and the Ram offense sucked like a black hole for a lot of the game until Sam's Houdini act at the end. The Rams turned a Buffalo defense that hadn't been playing all that well this year into the Steel Curtain. They three-and-outed repeatedly. Bradford completed one of his first...
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  • Nick’s Rams Draft Primer – Offense

    Nick’s Rams Draft Primer – Offense

    Welcome to the first installment of the ClanRam’s St. Louis Rams 2013 Draft Primer for the offensive side of the ball. As a draftaholic, my motto is that it’s never too early to start looking at the draft, especially since these prospects have been showing off their talents for the last four months and are ready to showcase their abilities in the next few weeks as bowl games begin.

    My objective is to evaluate team needs for the Rams, identify which are of greater priority than others, and determine some prospects to keep an eye on and track through the draft process. As always, I would appreciate your feedback and opinions on anything I bring up. This should first and foremost serve as a conversation starter.

    First up, identifying the Rams’ offensive needs. Let’s go position by position.

    Rams Offensive...
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  • Av's "Looking WILD" - Week 14

    Av's "Looking WILD" - Week 14

    I'm going to add to my "Looking West" feature a new twist which I'll call "Looking WILD."

    I'm assuming (for the moment), that 5 playoff spots are essentially accounted for in the NFC (East - NYG, South - Atlanta, West - San Francisco, North - GB or Chicago, Wild Card 1 - GB or Chicago).

    That leaves several teams fighting for the remaining spot, including the Rams.

    Here are my predictions for those teams in Week 14:

    Rams 24, Bills 20
    Seahawks 23, Cardinals 10
    Ravens 27, Redskins 17
    Bengals 28, Cowboys 16
    Buccaneers 30, Eagles 17
    Bears 23, Vikings
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  • RamView, 12/2/2012: Rams 16, ***** 13 (OT) (Long)

    RamView, 12/2/2012: Rams 16, ***** 13 (OT) (Long)

    RamView, December 2, 2012 From Row HH (Report and opinions from the game.) Game #12: Rams 16, ***** 13 (OT) It took two-and-a-half games to decide the 2012 chapter of the once-again epic rivalry between the Rams and the *****, and this season, the Rams are the team on top, after winning in another crazy overtime thriller. And it was worth every second of the wait. Position by position: * QB: Sometimes, you gotta be able to make chicken salad out of, um, substandard ingredients, which Sam Bradford did to help get the Rams a big win. Tasked to beat one of the NFL’s best defenses with no running game and only one receiver very capable of getting open, Bradford (26-39-221, 81.2 PR) still got the job done, even while needing 28 minutes...
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  • RamView, 11/25/2012: Rams 31, Big Dead 17 (Long)

    RamView, 11/25/2012: Rams 31, Big Dead 17 (Long)

    RamView, November 25, 2012 From the Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game #11: Rams 31, Big Dead 17 The Rams make a long-awaited rebound, ending their winless streak, their turnover drought and their road rut while sweeping the stumbling Cardinals for the first time since 2003. Dare we accuse this young team of finally having “learned how to win?” Position by position: * RB: Putting the ball in Steven Jackson's hands works. The Rams knew all week they had to do it to beat Arizona, and Jackson did not disappoint, with a season-high 139 yards on 24 carries. After banging out 41 yards on 10 carries in the first half, Jackson turned the tide of the game in the 3rd, rallying the Rams from a 17-14 deficit with a big 46-yard ru...
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  • SJax Is Making It Tough To Say Good-Bye

    SJax Is Making It Tough To Say Good-Bye

    A few weeks ago, we learned that the Rams and Steven Jackson had made a deal that will allow SJax to opt out of his contract and become a FA at the end of the season. After this was revealed, there was a lot of speculation about a possible trade to a contender, though a deal never materialized (and, perhaps, was not even seriously discussed). Throughout all of this, the general sentiment of Rams' fans was best characterized as a general acceptance of the inevitable. SJax was a nearly 30 year old RB who was trudging through a mediocre season (403 yards, 3.7 ypc in 8 games). Then... after the bye week, a funny thing happened ...
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  • RamView, 11/18/2012: Jets 27, Rams 13 (Long)

    RamView, 11/18/2012: Jets 27, Rams 13 (Long)

    RamView, November 18, 2012 From Row HH (Report and opinions from the game.) Game #10: Jets 27, Rams 13 A colossal letdown in St. Louis sees the Rams crap the bed and turn the reeling Jets into world-beaters in front of the biggest home crowd of the season. With the Jets walking in and doing everything to the Rams the Rams were supposed to do to them, which is the franchise heading in the wrong direction again? Position by position: * QB: Nothing more rewarding then spending three hours of your life watching “franchise QB” Sam Bradford get outplayed by Mark Freaking Sanchez, but here we are. Sanchez (15-20-178, 118.3 PR) was the capable, game-managing QB this week, while Bradford (23-44-170, 67.4 PR) was the rattled mess with ...
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  • Av's "Looking West" - Week 11

    Av's "Looking West" - Week 11

    I am going to go out on a limb here and GUARANTEE that the Rams' game will not result in a tie this week.

    Week 11 Picks

    Rams 27
    Jets 16
    This should be the week that the Rams win without any fourth quarter dramatics. The Jets' offense is weak, and the Rams should be able to move the ball on the Jets' defense. While the media is playing up the Tebow angle, I think the bigger story will be Brian Schottenheimer's ability to game plan for a defense he is very familiar with.

    Falcons 30
    Cardinals 13
    The Falcons are mad, and the Cardinals are... well... pretty bad. I...
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  • Nick's Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL First Round Mock Draft (v2.0)
    Now that the Senior Bowl is firmly in the rear view mirrior, here's an updated look at how things could shake out in the first round of the NFL Draft this year. As always, feedback and constructive criticism is welcome! ROUND ONE 1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi -Tennessee is second in the league in sacks allowed, and no quarterback when pressured has been sacked at as large of a percentage as Marcus Mariota has been. Tunsil gives the Titans a legitimate left tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan on the offensive line. 2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California -The hype train for Carson Wentz is in full steam, but I'm not ready to put him in the Top 5 as some other people are. I still view Goff as the top QB in the class, meaning he makes a lot of sense for a Cleveland team that is tired of Johnny Manziel's screw ups. 3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State -Brandon Flowers was graded out as one of the worst corners in the league by Pro Football Focus, and Eric Weddle won't be coming back. The Chargers could use help in both areas, and Ramsey is capable of excelling at either at the next level. 4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State -Will the Cowboys flirt with taking a QB here? Maybe, but I also think Jerr...
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  • RamView, 1/3/2016: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) (Long)
    RamView, January 3, 2016 Game #16: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) The ever-inconsistent Rams regress back to the mean and end another losing season with another disappointing loss to a team they had no business losing to. The hallmark of Jeff Fisher Rams football isn't the running game or aggressive defense, it's miserable losses like this one. Good riddance to 2015. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (23-37-231, PR 77.6) does a lot right for the Rams at QB. He runs the offense with good tempo and gets the ball out quickly on quick-timing plays. He’s smart and tough in the pocket, uses his mobility well and rarely gets sacked. The best example of that was a play he made in the 3rd. He rolled right, deked a free-running Aaron Lynch into pul...
    -01-05-2016, 10:50 PM
  • Rams lose 19-16 in OT to whiners; The Good, Bad and Ugly
    general counsel
    The Todd Gurley-less Rams finished their season 7-9 with a disappointing OT loss to the whiners by the score of 19-16 on the strength of terrible third down play on both sides of the ball, untimely penalties, terrible field goal kicking and some highly suspect play calling with the team poised to win the game in overtime. The Rams shortcomings against a 5-11 couldnt have been more obvious today. At the end of the day, Case Keenum is not an NFL starting qb, albeit a reasonable backup. Way too many missed opportunities, and without todd gurley, and with all of our injuries on defense, we arent close to good enough to simply have a qb who is going to avoid mistakes at all costs, afraid to make throws. Toss in some untimely drops by our receivers and at least one terrible call by the refs that obviously cost us 3 points at the minimum, and you find a way to lose a game that we all know we should have won. No points...
    -01-04-2016, 02:51 AM
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    general counsel
    In what should be considered their most impressive win in the Fisher era, the Rams won their third game in a row by beating and beating up the seachickens in a tremendous 23-17 win. The Rams capitalized on 3 seachicken turnovers (one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown), didn't turn the ball over themselves, kept the penalties to a minimum, and scrounged out just enough offense to earn their first season sweep of the chickens since 2004. The Rams played their best half of the year jumping out to a 16-3 lead at the break and hung in there to avoid a collapse at the scene of so many painful prior year debacles. Frankly, i am riddled with mixed and incredibly extreme and passionate emotions at this point. On the one hand, i am so thrilled with a tremendous win over a playoff caliber team on the road in which the Rams proved once and for all that they have the talent and capability to win big games, notwithstanding...
    -12-28-2015, 02:40 AM
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Good write up.

    I think it was ugly that we accepted the penalty with the Seagulla on 4 and 10. Giving them a new (long) third down. I am pretty sure they would not have gone for it on 4 and 10.

    Else great game.
    -12-28-2015, 02:39 AM
  • RamView, 12/17/2015: Rams 31, Bucs 23 (Long)
    RamView, December 17, 2015 Game #14: Rams 31, Bucs 23 If this was the Rams' last week in St. Louis, at least they made it a heck of a week. They won for the second time in five days Thursday night and made the Bucs look like the team that could not cut the mustard. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (14-17-234, 2 TD, PR 158.0) managed the heck out of this game. He led the Rams to an opening drive TD throwing little but screens and swing passes. But Case did not live on small ball alone, also throwing a perfect 60-yard TD bomb to Kenny Britt later in the 1st. The Ram passing game was in good rhythm much of the game, and Keenum distributed the ball well. On the Rams' TD drive in the 2nd, he hit Tavon Austin for 13, Lance K...
    -12-20-2015, 04:01 AM