The Rams Offense Is Back!

The Rams once again put up some big numbers in their nail biting win over the SF 49ers (41-39).  Did some one say “The Greatest Show on Turf”?  After 3 games that’s what the offensive numbers are looking like.  After 3 games Jared Goff (mostly) has passed for almost 1,000 yards (988), Todd Gurley has rushed for 241 yards, and the Rams have scored 107 points.  Did we score 107 points all last year?  Ok we did…  I count 224 points for all of 2016.  I think this 2017 offense might be onto something.

In the last 8 minutes of tonight’s game everyone who wasn’t on the offense did everything they could to lose the game (except LB Mark Barron who made a potentially game saving tackle).  Now to be fair, after all of this happened and continued to happen, the Rams goal line defense played some serious football.  The 49ers needed a 2 point conversion to tie the game and the Rams defense man-d up and shut them down.

All and all I’m not that worried about a Wade Phillips defense.  They were man handled by the Redskins last week and were in disarray tonight, but I think they’ll get better.  This offense of ours though… this could be exciting.  I’m very excited about next week’s matchup against the Cowboys.  After a Thursday night game we’ve got lots of time for the defense to get their butts chewed and lots of time for everyone to get some rest.  Let’s go Rams!!!

Rams Survive Wild Win in San Francisco as They Top Niners 41-39

The Rams rebounded on Thursday night with one of, if not the greatest Thursday night game in NFL history, as they held off the San Fran 49’ers 41-39 in San Francisco.

Los Angeles was led by Todd Gurley, who ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three scores in the win.

The Rams led the game all night, as they built leads of 27-13 and 41-26, but the 49’ers would simply not go away, closing it to 41-39 and then recovering an onside kick.

From there the Rams held 49’ers QB Brian Hoyer in check, as they were able to stop him and any more Niners points to seal the huge win.

Hoyer threw for 332 yards with a touchdown and pick for the Niners, who have yet to win in three tries in 2017.

With the win the Rams are now 2-1 on the season.

Rams and Goff Come Up Short Against Redskins

A very tough loss for the Rams.  All day long it felt like the Redskins wanted to win a little bit more than we did.  In the first half Redskins running backs with a lot of help from their offensive line wrecked havoc on the Rams defense, but in the 3rd quarter the Rams were able to make adjustments bringing the Skin’s running game to a near halt.  During this time Rams RB Gurley showed glimpses of greatness reminiscent of his rookie year.  Gurley finished the game with 85 yards rushing and another 48 receiving.  He also scored 2 TDs including a 18 yard scoring reception in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

The Rams defense regressed in the 4th quarter where Skins running backs (primarily Perine) had there way with them again.  Late in the 4th quarter the Skins ate up 5 and half minutes of clock as they drove from their own 30 yard line all the way to the Rams end zone.  The drive culminated with a 11 yard pass from QB Cousins to WR Grant.  With just under 2 minutes remaining the score was Redskins 27-Rams 20.  So with everything said in done… our fate was still in our own hands.  We had possession, almost 2 minutes of playing time, and a time out.

For the great teams this is all you could really ask for at the end of the game, but for a rebuilding team and our 2nd year QB (Jared Goff) the moment was too big.  Goff takes the snap and literally telegraphs his pass for an easy interception by Skins defender Foster.  With 1:37 remaining this game is over.  No loss really comes down to a single play, but nobody likes going down like this.

So… the Rams go to 1-1 for the season.  Next week we take on the struggling SF 49ers in SF.  Every week we have an opportunity.  Do we learn from our mistakes and become a better team or do we take a step backwards?  Recent Jeff Fischer Rams lead efforts fell short.  I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing what Sean McVay and the new coaching regime are able to accomplish.  Have a great week and go Rams!!!

Redskins vs Rams – 1st Half Summary

The Rams come out flat against the Redskins and then close the half playing in an equally lack luster fashion.  In between it comes down to the Rams defensive line being totally manhandled by the Redskins.  For the half, the Redskins averaged 8.4 yards per rushing carry.  Most of that damage was done by the Skins #1 running back Kelley who went 12 for 79.  Luckily for the Rams Kelley was injured shortly after the start of the 2nd quarter.  Unfortunately, his backup Thompson went nearly untouched on an explosive 61 yard touch down run.

The only thing keeping the Rams within striking distance was a 69 yard reception by receiver Everett leading to a Gurley goal line TD run.  At the half the score is Skins 20 – Rams 10.  If the Rams are going to make this a competitive outing the run defense has got to pull it together.  We need more offensive productions as well.  The Rams netted 20 yards of rushing yards in the first half.  Take out Everett’s reception and the Rams are only looking at another 70 yards receiving.  That kind of output is simply  insufficient to give the Rams a ‘W’ in this game.

Lots of game time left.  Let’s go Rams!

Rams Add Two Years to Punter Johnny Hekker’s Deal

The Rams tacked on two additional years to punter Johnny Hekker’s contract Monday, keeping him with the team through the 2022 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com.

The deal gives Hekker $10 million guaranteed, the most ever for a punter, according to Schefter.

Hekker has been named first-team All-Pro three times in six NFL seasons. Last year, he downed an NFL-record 51 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Three years earlier, he set a record with a 44.2-yard net average on 78 punts.

Rams Dominate Colts in 2017 Opener

It’s been a long time since I could say this, but the Rams dominated their (2017) opening day opponent.  The Rams scored more today than in all of 2016.  Ok not literally, but the Rams scored points from almost every direction.  We scored points on field goals, we scored points on interceptions, we scored points on pass receptions, we scored points rushing the ball, heck we even scored points on a safety.  I’m recording this game, making duplicates, and the next time we have a bad day… I’m breaking it out to keep the hope alive.

I’ll say it once, because all of our haters are thinking it… We beat an Andrew Luck-less Colts team today so it means nothing.  You know what I have to say to that?  When a good team plays a bad team they’re expected to beat the crap out of them.  And that’s exactly what we did today.  Now go away haters and Colts fans.

We won’t talk much about Colts QB Scott Tolzien because as I mentioned earlier, he’s not Andrew Luck.  But our QB Jared Goff had a career pro day.  Goff completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards, 1 TD, and no interceptions.  I’ve been a Goff critic, but if the Rams continue to get such powerful contributions from all sides of the ball, he’s got a great chance for a phenomenal season.  Goff received some help from rookie WR and late round draft pick Cooper Kupp.  Kupp, out of Eastern Washington College,  produced 4 receptions for 76 yards and a TD.  Let’s be clear that the MVP of this game would have to be Rams new head coach Sean McVay who engineered a solid performance from the entire team.

Next week the Rams take on the Redskins for a consecutive home game.  The Skins dropped their home opener today against the Eagles.  They’ll come into LA looking for redemption, but none will be found.  Look for the Rams to go up 2-0.  Have a great week Rams fans.  Go Rams!!!

Game Time Is Here. But Who’s Betting On Aaron Donald Joining The Party?

At last, September is upon us, and that can only mean one thing. Forget training camp, forget preseason, forget contracts – it is time to get down to the serious business of the regular season.

At least, that would usually be the situation. But when the man widely regarded as the best defensive player, not only in the Rams but in the entire NFL, remains “out east,” holding out for a new deal, it is inevitable that the talk is still on when he will put pen to paper and join up with the rest of the team.

McVay optimistic

Sean McVay says Aaron Donald will be returning soon, but the fact that the star defensive tackle is still in Pittsburgh, some five hours flight from LA, suggests that it will not be soon enough to participate in the week one match up against the Colts.

The Head Coach’s optimism remains undiminished that Donald will be joining up with the team before the regular season gets underway, at least in public. However, behind the bravado, he must have growing doubts as the clock counts down.

Make or break

There is a general consensus among even the most impartial commentators that the Rams have a realistic shot at making the playoffs this year, after their disappointing return of 4-12 in 2016. However, despite the depth in talent within the defensive line, it would be disingenuous to suggest that Donald’s absence will not have an effect.

It is not just the fact that he is “in his own world,” to use the words of nose tackle Michael Brockers, or that he has been a shoe in for every pro bowl since he made the step up to the NFL. Like every great player, he also brings a sense of belief that helps the entire team raise its game.

The NFL betting perspective

On paper, the Rams are generally considered warm favorites over the Colts for the week one match up, but as the big day approaches, how is Donald’s absence likely to affect their chances? With the increase in NFL betting in the UK, a great way to find out is to take a look online at one of the many UK sports betting sites.

The prevalent view is that the Rams are still seen to have the edge, with odds in the order of 10/19 being offered for a win. You can currently pick up around 8/5 on a Colts victory.

Why the dispute?

So how have we ended up in this unedifying situation? When it comes down to it, Donald has had a meteoric rise to fame and is being vastly underpaid. This might sound churlish given that the guy is set to earn just under $2 million in 2017 and almost $7 million in 2018, but that is well short of his market value.

Ultimately, the saga has run longer than it should and is doing Donald, the Rams and the entire NFL no favors.

HOF RB Eric Dickerson to Ink One-Day Deal and Retire with the Rams

The Rams announced on Tuesday, the Rams will sign Eric Dickerson to a one-day contract so that he can officially retire with the organization, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

“While Eric has always been a member of the Rams family, we believe that it was time to officially cement his legacy as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, as his accomplishments and contributions to our franchise deserve to be celebrated and remembered forever,” Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Dickerson played his first four-plus NFL seasons with the Rams before he was traded the Indianapolis Colts. He also played for the Los Angeles Raiders before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons.

“It feels amazing to sign this contract and officially be a Los Angeles Ram for life,” Dickerson said in a statement. “My passion for this organization during my playing days and for the players wearing Rams jerseys now, is undeniable.

“This is where my career started and this is where my heart is, so closing this chapter with the Rams back in Los Angeles feels right.”