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  • #16
    This is going to be one helluva good game!

    If the Saints defense can limit Gurley & Anderson then we have a decent chance of going to Atlanta.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by WhoDat!656 View Post
      This is going to be one helluva good game!

      If the Saints defense can limit Gurley & Anderson then we have a decent chance of going to Atlanta.
      If your aunt had balls she'd be your uncle. GO RAMS!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Ewreck View Post

        If your aunt had balls she'd be your uncle. GO RAMS!
        Saints haven't allowed a 100 yd rusher in 25 games,

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        • #19
          And yet they're not 25-0. Statistics mean very little hence they actually play the game.

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          • #20
            Headline for Thursday evening
            Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 04:35 PM By Myles Simmons Rams official website Injury Report 1/17: Rams injury report remains empty for NFC Championship week

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            • #21
              The Saints can, and have, won by scoring 40. The Saints can, and have, won scoring only 12 points. Every facet of the Saints can play any type of ball you want to throw at them: high flying, or grind it out, or a defensive struggle. The Rams have not proven they can do that. They have to score to win. The Saints don't.

              So my expectation is that the defense will come in with the mission of shutting down the run, with the secondary playing to keep plays in front of them and to tackle. Stop the run. Stop explosive plays. Make Goff actually win the game by matriculating the ball down the field and outscoring Brees.

              Goff besting the Saints defense won't happen in my estimation.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by WhoDat!656 View Post
                The Saints can, and have, won by scoring 40. The Saints can, and have, won scoring only 12 points. Every facet of the Saints can play any type of ball you want to throw at them: high flying, or grind it out, or a defensive struggle. The Rams have not proven they can do that. They have to score to win. The Saints don't.
                Apparently, the rumors of the Rams inability to grind out a win in a defensive struggle have been greatly exaggerated.

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                • #23
                  I wont be surprised if WhoDat becomes WhereDidHeGo!
                  “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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                  • general counsel
                    Rams lose 45-35 to new orleans: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
                    by general counsel
                    Despite a valiant comeback to overcome a 21 point deficit and pull even in the fourth quarter, the Rams fell short today on the road against a very tough Drew Brees led new orleans team, suffering their first loss of the season by the score of 45-35 in what could prove to be a preview of the NFC championship game. The offense certainly played well enough to win, but subpar red zone play, failure to take advantage of a crucial turnover in the first half, the weekly torching of Marcus Peters, lousy 3rd down play on both sides of the ball, and most importantly a horrific first half defensively were our our undoing today. The Rams were not going undefeated in any event and this game was likely the toughest one on the entire schedule, but the Rams will fly home for a really important division battle next week against the seachickens with a bad taste in their mouth of opportunities lost to win this game. The key will be what the squad learns from this and how they bounce back next week.

                    The Good

                    Jared Goff and the offense scored 35 points and gave 483 yards, punting only once. Gurley scored a td for the 12th straight game, although new orleans did a great job of keeping him in check (65 yards rushing and 11 yards receiving). The offensive line allowed zero sacks despite 40 passing attempts by Goff. Goff was 28-40-391-3 td's and one interception for a rating of 115.7. Unfortunately, he made one of his two horrible throws of the game with the outcome on the line late in the fourth quarter when the Rams had a chance to take the lead (see below in bad section on the miss to an open Woods). Goff made several terrific throws, including a couple that were not caught, such as the perfect throw that Higbee dropped in the end zone. The long ball to cooks was terrific and the out pattern to kupp was sensational. The 4th and 2 at the end hit Cooks in the hands. Sure, he got outplayed by Brees, but there is no shame in that. To take the next step, and if realistically we want to win the superbowl or for that matter get to the super bowl, goff is going to have to play his best with the game on the line, something he has not done in the last two weeks. Great catch and run for Malcolm Brown along the sideline for the td.

                    It was nice to see the tight ends involved today (collectively 5-88 plus the two point conversion to Everett). Cooks played well with 6-114, Kupp was 5-89 with the 41 yard td catch and run and woods was very strong again with 5-71 including any number of really big catches.

                    No injuries that i saw.
                    Leg kicked a 56 yard field goal.
                    The defense recovered nicely in the 2nd half holding new orleans to 10 points. Not spectacular, but potentially good enough to win if the offense hadn't died with the game on the line.
                    Fowler showed a pulse with a couple of nice pressures and a rare hit on brees along with one tackle for loss. Can't wait for him to play more.
                    Donald had...
                    -11-04-2018, 06:00 PM
                  • general counsel
                    Rams lampoon lions 30-16; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
                    by general counsel
                    The Rams overcame a subpar performance by Jared Goff, pushing their record to 11-1 with a 30-16 road win against detroit by riding Todd Gurley, outstanding red zone defense, and an another otherworldly performance by Aaron Donald. The Rams win today clinched the NFC west title for the second year in a row and gave the Rams a one game lead over new orleans in the race for home field in the nfc with four games remaining. The giants win over chicago in overtime (aided by huge defense plays by former Rams Tree and Janoris) gives the Rams a three game lead over chicago in terms of the week one bye in the playoffs. Today was far from the Rams best game, but keep in mind that detroit has been strong defensively under patricia, especially of late against the run, and beat new england at home earlier in the year. The performance of the defense today was encouraging, albeit against a detroit team that is offensively challenged at the skill positions. To state the obvious, there are no style points in the NFL and the win is what counts. This was a game that could have gone either way in the fourth quarter, and once again the Rams found a way to get it done.

                    The Good

                    There are no words any longer to describe the impact that Aaron Donald is having on a weekly basis. He had two sacks today, one of which was a strip sack fumble recovered by Ebukam that was the critical play in the game when the Rams had a three point fourth quarter lead and detroit had the momentum. He had a third sack called back for a penalty. He had 5 overall tackles which included four tackles for loss. He drew three holding penalties and was held another ten or more times. I have watched 50 years of football and i have never seen an interior lineman play the way Donald is playing week in week out and while he is surrounded by other first round draft picks, he is not surrounded by other linemen who are exactly lighting it up. Just another incredible performance and he was as or more responsible for this win today as anyone.

                    Red zone play. The Rams were 3-4 in the red zone today offensively and held detroit to 1-5. The one time the Rams were stopped in the red zone, Reynolds was clearly held in the end zone on the third down play. The td pass to woods on 3rd and goal from the 8 before half gave us a 10-3 lead and was huge.

                    Todd Gurley had an excellent game with 23-132 and 2 td's rushing along with 3 catches for 33 yards. It was tough going most of the day for gurley, especially with malcolm brown out early with the shoulder injury and Gurley being the only active back on the roster. Very tough for him to get any room up the middle with snacks harrison clogging things up. He had two huge runs, the td run from the 13 with great blocking and the game clinching long run where he alertly fell down on the one yard line forcing detroit to use the rest of their time outs and putting the Rams into a position where even if they don't...
                    -12-02-2018, 05:47 PM
                  • general counsel
                    Rams Knock Off New Orleans 26-20; The Good, Bad and Ugly
                    by general counsel
                    Apologies for the delay, i just got a chance tonight to watch the replay of the Rams knocking off New Orleans 26-20 at home to move their record to 8-3 and retain their one game lead in the division over the seachickens. While it pained me to miss the game sunday, the good news is that my deal finally signed this week and I was able to catch up on just a little sleep. The Rams were impressive, defeating a saints team that had won 8 in a row. This was a big step forward against a quality opponent coming off a loss on the road to a top grade minnesota team. The Rams defense (with the exception of one ridiculous long run and one 45 second drive at the end of the game) played outstanding football. The Rams offense was terrific in the first half and good enough in the second half to get the job done, despite our inability to punch the ball into the end zone in the second half which allowed the saints to hang around the game longer than they should have.

                    The Good

                    Goff was terrific today. Not perfect, he still missed some throws, but terrific by any reasonable description. He was 28-43-354-2 tds and 1 int on a fluke sammy bobble/deflection for a qb rating of 96.5. He made some outstanding throws and is really demonstrating an ability to go through his progressions to find the open receiver. He was sacked four times, all in the first half. The pass protection was generally good and that certainly helps Goff's confidence and ability to be patient looking for receivers and then stepping into the throw. He threw a nice slant for a short td to sammy (although we never ran that play again for some reason) and hit reynolds at the back of the end zone for the first td of reynolds career on a play where goff had about 2 minutes to throw. He threw a nice long ball to sammy to draw the INT (although if he throws it further out in front of sammy its probably a td). He made a very nice throw at the end that the saints corner made a terrific play on or its td # 3 and game over. One criticism, not really bad so keeping it in the good section, he was picking on the backup saints db's all game. The guy covering sammy was about ten yards off him play after play, even down in the red zone at the end. I really want to see goff take advantage of that. If db's want to play that far off the line, its pitch and catch and a great chance for sammy or another wr to break tackles and even if they dont its an easy 5-8 yard gain every time. That requires a pre play sight adjustment that i would like to see more of. Really nice play to higbee who broke tackles and rumbled for 38 yards. Excellent connection with Kupp obviously. On the INT, while sammy juggled it, i thought gofff could have made a much better throw as sammy was a couple of yards behind the defender. Using gurley very well again as a reciever, he is so dangerous in the open field. A HUGE goff throw came with roughly 7 minutes left in the game 3rd and 8 to reynolds, perfectly done. Almost unlimited...
                    -12-01-2017, 09:17 PM
                  • general counsel
                    Rams crunch cowboys 30-22; The good, the bad and the ugly
                    by general counsel
                    The Rams won their first playoff game of the McVay era and advanced to the nfc championship game next sunday by thoroughly running the ball down dallas' throat on the way to a hard fought 30-22 victory. The Rams gained 273 yards rushing on 48 attempts for a 5.7 average against a dallas defense that completely shut down the #1 ranked chickens run game in their playoff win last weekend. Both Gurley (16-115) and CJ (23-123) ran for over 100 yards, the first time in Rams playoff history that two backs have done so in the same game. The Rams recorded three rushing touchdowns and the dominance by the offensive line in the trenches allowed the Rams to control the clock, leading to an almost 37-23 advantage in time of possession. When you consider that the Rams did not turn the ball over all game, punted only once, held Elliott to 47 yards rushing on 20 carries, converted 7-13 on third and fourth down while holding dallas to 1-10 on third down and recording one huge fourth down stop, you pretty much explain the Rams victory. But for some early redzone struggles and a brutal drop by Ebukam on a sure pick six, this game would have been over a lot sooner. The Rams really deserved to win this game and they now await the winner of the philadelphia vs new orleans game to see who they play for a chance to go to the big dance.


                    The Good

                    Offensive line, offensive line and offensive line. Absolute dominance both in the run game and in pass protection. 273 yards rushing!!!!! Goff was not sacked and was not hit much. The holes at the point of attack in the running game were sensational, especially when you consider the quality of the opposition. All five guys played well and they were terrific as a unit. Needless to say, if we can run the ball the way we did today, we are going to be very very very tough to beat by anyone anywhere. Just absolutely outstanding play. With the game on the line and McVay going hyper aggressive on 4th and about one and a half rather than kicking the field goal to make it a two score game, the oline did the job and created enough of a hole for CJ to plow into the end zone and make it a 15 point game. Really can't say enough about the way the Rams offensive line took over the game and imposed their will on the dallas defense. By far Sullivan's best game of the year.

                    Gurley and CJ were both terrific, showing power, speed and ball security. Gurley showed great burst on his 35 yard touchdown run to put the Rams ahead 20-7 late in the second quarter. Great run. CJ was critical today because Gurley obviously needed to be spelled because of his month off on the cardio side. You have to give Snead huge credit for finding CJ after Malcolm Brown went out for the year with the shoulder injury. We are not here in my view without CJ and he will likely remain an important part of our title run because he can keep Gurley fresh and provide very hard running between the tackles.

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                    -01-12-2019, 11:12 PM
                  • general counsel
                    Rams choke seachickens 36-31; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
                    by general counsel
                    The Rams rebounded from their first loss of the year by pushing their record to 9-1 with a hard fought 36-31 victory at home over the seachickens. The Rams overcame 6 personal fouls, a total of ten penalties for over 100 yards, horrific first quarter defense (again), subpar red zone performance, 273 yards rushing by seattle, a final Russell Wilson possession with a chance to win the game for the chickens and a potentially serious knee injury to Cooper Kupp to emerge victorious. Once again, the Rams did what they had to do to win and simply found a way, despite playing far from their best football. The Rams are a very good team, you can not have a 9-1 record if that is not the case, but if the squad is going to make a serious run at the super bowl there are going to be any number of things that need to be improved on and with kansas city, chicago and philadelphia still ahead on the schedule it is going to take better football than we played today if we want a realistic chance to overcome the loss to new orleans and earn home field throughout the playoffs. The good news is that as a practical matter, the win today effectively clinches the division for the Rams who now enjoy a four game lead over seattle and have beaten the chickens twice. While McVay said that the situation with Kupp's knee "doesn't look good" lets hope that there is a chance that we can get him back later this year.

                    The Good

                    Goff had another strong game going 28-29-318 with 2 td's, no int's and a qb rating of 113. He made some terrific throws again and only had a couple of "bad" misses, one of which was to an open kupp on a play where his arm did get hit. He showed good presence dropping the ball off to gurley a few times and i loved the way he used the wide receiver screens and throws to the tight ends that so many of us have been looking for all year. He continues to improve although you would really hope he would find a way to improve in the red zone. Our problems in the red zone are certainly not all on Goff, but i think he can get better.

                    Gurley had a td in his 13th consecutive game with a strong run for about 16 yards behind great blocking from whitworth and woods. He finished with 16 carries for 120 yards and 3 catches for 40. I thought we should have pounded him even more often, especially earlier in the game before seattle started to stack the box and i didnt like the ball not being in his hands on the first down play on the last drive where we went three and out and gave wilson a chance to win the game. Another all-pro performance.

                    Aaron Donald had 2 and a half sacks today and was held 5 times or more. Super disruptive force. Suh had 1/2 a sack and 9 tackles. Littleton had 9 tackles as well and a nice pass breakup on a third down. The defense stepped up when it absolutely had to despite having another rough day. Fowler, who almost cost us the game with a horrible penalty (see below) showed...
                    -11-11-2018, 06:34 PM
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