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  • Sam's Silver Linings - Week Ten

    Sam's Silver Linings - Week Ten

    Technology is a wonderful thing – unless you’re counting on it to record the entire Rams – whiners game (including overtime) – while you are at work. Suffice to say I did get to see most of the game. Thanks to the NFL’s rules, and the limits of technology teamed with my own screw-up, I was able to come home from work at 12:45 AM Monday morning and see the game. Most of it, anyway. You see, for some reason, the recording stopped with 24 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

    It seems like the replacement refs were back in action in Candlestick Park this weekend. Missed penalties, bad calls, and blatantly stupid mistakes by zebras were common. One minute and twelve seconds disappeared from...
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  • RamView, 11/11/2012: Rams 24, ***** 24 (Long)

    RamView, 11/11/2012: Rams 24, ***** 24 (Long)

    RamView, November 11, 2012 From The Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game #9: Rams 24, ***** 24 What a weird game, and what a missed opportunity for the Rams, who must have let it slip from their grasp a dozen different times, and come away from it with a tie that feels a little more like a loss than a win, despite the good they did. At least the ***** have used up their luck for the season. Position by position: * QB: Sam Bradford makes a difference. In three starts behind him (26-39-275, 104.1 PR), the Rams have taken the ***** to OT twice in their place, and are a couple of penalty flags from being 3-0 in those starts. Uncowed by one of the NFL’s best defenses, Bradford took the Rams straight downfield the f...
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  • Quarterback Criticism

    Quarterback Criticism

    There have been numerous threads pertaining to Sam Bradford since his arrival in St. Louis. Fans have many times commented passionately- some staunchly defending Bradford while others have maligned his short tenure with the Rams. I think it's important to recognize some basic facts that fair or unfair will always be present when Sam Bradford is discussed. 1) Disenchantment with one's QB is hardly anything new. Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez and Michael Vick are among the more prominent guys who have been roasted by their team's fan base. Each has had his share of successes and failure...
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  • Nick’s ClanRam 2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

    Nick’s ClanRam 2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

    Another week in the books, so another set of Power Rankings. Let's get to it!!


    Rank -- Team -- Last Week's Ranking 1. Atlanta Falcons (1) -Win vs Eagles was rarely in question. 2. New York Giants (2) -Close, but they held off Dallas. 3. Houston Texans (3) -Bye week. 4. Green Bay Packers (4) -A bit more trouble w/ Jacksonville than you'd like to see. 5. San Francisco ***** (5) -Arizona presented little trouble. 6. Baltimore Ravens (6) -Bye week. 7. New England Patriots (8) -A top notch performance across the pond. 8. Chicago Bears (7) -I hate dropping teams that win, but this one was almost a loss. 9. Pittsburgh Steelers (9) -RG3? Not a problem. 10. Denver Broncos (16) -Little trouble with the Saints; watch out for the Broncos. 11. Detroit Lions (14) -Record of this team doesn't reflect their talent. 12. Dallas Cowboys (12) -Nearly knocked off my #2 team. 13. Minnesota Vikings (10) -Hey, at least Peterson looked good. 14. Seattle Seahawks (11) -Led at one point in the fourth quarter. 15. Miami Dolphi...
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  • Nick’s ClanRam 2012 NFL Power Rankings: Midseason

    Nick’s ClanRam 2012 NFL Power Rankings: Midseason

    Some away-from-computer responsibilities prevented me from updating the Power Rankings last week, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to take a step back and examine how things look at the midseason point. Teams are beginning to separate themselves, with some consistent contenders in the Top 6-8 spots, some teams that are hanging around the middle, and others that just can’t seem to string much success together. Some surprise storylines of the 2012 NFL season so far… -The Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated team left standing, and so far, appear to be the class of the NFL. Matt Ryan is having a career season so far, though Julio Jones hasn’t quite overtaken Roddy White as the top receiver as some thought he would. -Minnesota may be the most surprising five-win team out there. They’d be atop the NFC North if it wasn’...
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  • Av's "Looking West" - Week 8

    Av's "Looking West" - Week 8

    Last week was a mixed bag. Missed on the Rams, but correctly picked the Niners win over the Hawks and the Cardinals loss.

    On to Week 8!

    Rams 26
    Patriots 24
    To win this one, the Rams are going to have to (1) establish the run to keep the Pats' offense off the field, (2) force turnovers, and (3) finish drives. Why do I think the Rams will do this? Maybe its a bit of a "homer hunch," but I really do think the Rams' early arrival in England will make ad difference.

    Niners 20
    Cardinals 6
    Arizona's fast start is becoming a distant memory. Their offense...
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  • RamView, 10/21/2012: Packers 30, Rams 20 (Long)

    RamView, 10/21/2012: Packers 30, Rams 20 (Long)

    RamView, October 21, 2012
    From Row HH
    (Report and opinions from the game.)
    Game #7: Packers 30, Rams 20

    The standings said both teams were 3-3 coming into this week's game, but forgot to mention that the Packers are in a different league than the Rams. To join that league, and stay with teams like the Packers, the Rams have to start making a lot more plays, and a lot less mistakes.

    Position by position:
    * QB: Sam Bradford had a pretty average game (21-34-255, 82.4 PR), and the Rams don’t appear to have the kind of offense that’ll win games with Bradford being just average. Goes both ways, though, which is where I’d rather see the focus going instead of the blame-the-QB analysis...
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  • The Rams would like "your" help

    The Rams would like "your" help

    Yes indead, the St Louis Rams are asking members of the ClanRam for some help (about time I hear you ask?)

    Right now they are asking International Rams fans to complete a short survey about the International Series Game and their fandom of the NFL. One lucky person who completes the survey will win a signed Sam Bradford helmet!

    The request has come from Ross, a longtime Rams fan and active Twitter user (@RossMiles and @PFF_RossMiles) I am sure you can help a brother out ;)

    Jump over to this link http...
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  • Av's "Looking West" - Week 7

    Av's "Looking West" - Week 7

    I’m posting this early due to the Thursday game.

    Last week, I missed on my three “conventional picks” and wascorrect on my “upset special” of the Bills over the Cardinals. That’s the NFL for you!

    On to Week 7:

    Rams 30
    Packers 20
    I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’ve lost my mind. You’re thinking “what makes you believe that the Rams will suddenly explode for 30 points when they’ve had trouble scoring 20?” My answer is recent history. Last year, the Rams went to Green Bay and, though they scored only 3 points, they had over 400 yards of offense (Bradford had 328...
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  • RamView, 10/14/2012: Dolphins 17, Rams 14 (Long)

    RamView, 10/14/2012: Dolphins 17, Rams 14 (Long)

    RamView, October 14, 2012 From The Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game #6: Dolphins 17, Rams 14 Live by the Leg, die by the Leg. The Rams dominated the Dolphins everywhere but the scoreboard, done in by dumb mistakes, poor special teams and inability to finish drives. Too bad it's cost them a W finding out they need to play smarter, score TDs and not always rely on their rookie kicker to bail them out. Position by position: * QB: When his line gave him a chance, Sam Bradford (26-39-315, 91.3 PR) was usually superb. Unfortunately, on his second pass attempt of the game, he got drilled from both sides on 3rd-and-5 and the Rams had to settle for a FG. Bradford put the Rams back in FG position the next time out with the ...
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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...
    -01-31-2016, 04:12 PM
  • 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