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Good Thursday Morning, Rams fans! I hope it finds you well. Last week, we were talking about an above .500 team looking to make it to 4-2, which at this point, would have us a good 'ol fashioned four-way tie atop the NFC West. The Rams are still in good shape, though they have what could be their toughest test of the young 2012 season when they host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. Is another home win inevitable? Possible?
In Rams News…
CBS Sports Previews the Packers @ Rams Game
After the results of last weeks game’s - for both teams - I’m guessing that most prognosticators see this no differently than they would’ve viewed the 2011 matchup against these two teams. 2012 has been ‘different’ for both squads, who now find themselves at 3-3. For the Packers, that’s probably a bit of a disappointing start. For the Rams, flashes on both offense and defense have been a pleasant surprise. Three wins is a breath of fresh air as well. The preview is good…the ‘picks’ tab probably won’t surprise you, though.
Aaron Rodgers is Injured! The Sky is Falling!
I missed it during the game, but Aaron Rodgers apparently limped off the field at the end of the first half of the Texans game. He was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury. There’s probably not much to be concerned about if you’re a fantasy owner or Packers fan. I’m just hoping this guy calls up Coach Fisher for a bit of strategy chatter…
The Rams Can Put the NFL on Notice in Week 7?
SBN’s St. Louis site writer Kevin Jeffers discusses what another home win - against one of the NFC’s finest - could do for the Rams, and says the Rams can: "...Put the NFL on notice". The NFC West has more winning teams than the entire AFC. The Rams aren’t one of those teams. Even at 3-3 they find themselves in a very [unfortunately] familiar position. The season is still young. The Rams are only a game away from being atop the division. I think - more so feel - that wins over their division rivals have gotten them minimal respect. What would a win over the Packers do for their rep?
Yahoo! Previews the Packers @ Rams Game
If you were looking for an article that strokes the Packers for about 85% of it’s content, you’re welcome! The remaining 15% is filled with the Rams worst stats, wisdom from James Laurinaitis, and love for Steven Jackson.
How Much Impact Will Packers Injuries Play In The Game
In football, injuries are inevitable [see: Rams 2011]. The extent of, and to whom they occur, have differing affects on the team’s performance. The Packers have a few very formidable names on their injury list entering Week 7. I don’t wish anyone serious injury, but I certainly won’t be wishing for speedy recoveries either. Peep the names!
Tricky Road Test for Packers
It’s not really a secret that the Packers like to throw the ball. It’s also not a secret that they’re really good at it. I discussed it a bit on Wednesday, and NFL.com seems to agree with me. In my opinion, this receiving corps will be the toughest match-up for the Rams thus far this season. Is the Rams secondary up to the test? NFL.com thinks so. The Ram secondary has been up to the task for nearly every play, and every elite receiver. Finnegan, outside of his early INT-laden season has been quiet, yet solid. For Jenkins, this is an opportunity to play sound football, and not give up a big play. This test, however, will extend outside the corners. Safeties beware!
Everything You’d Want To Know About the Rams Game In Week 7
A quick preview. Info on when and where to watch. Key players for both teams. What’s at stake for both teams. The injury report. Fantasy advice. What "they’re" saying. Bleacher Report covers just about everything you’d want to know about the upcoming matchup in this one article. Oh, I forgot to mention…they have a prediction. Thoughts?
Five Keys To A Rams Win, And Positional
The Journal Sentinel - a Wisconsin based paper - previews the game. If memory doesn’t serve you, or if you just consumed too many libations - the Packers game is where Sam Bradford suffered his high ankle sprain last season. He’s certainly one of the keys to a Rams potential win on Sunday, especially given the injuries to some of their best talent on defense. Daryl Richardson gets a little love…Janoris Jenkins does not. The jury is still out on Richardson and his potential workload. Positional breakdowns are certainly interesting. What’s your take?
Steven Jackson In A Packers Uniform?
It’s beyond speculation. As a matter of fact, I don’t think anyone outside of the person who wrote this article is even contemplating it…but the thought remains. When the Rams chose to void Jacksons’ 2013 contract, a buzz was created. It certainly doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere, but the ‘trade him to a contender, so he has a chance’ chatter began. The Packers are a contender. The Packers could use a solid RB. What do you think? What would it take?
In Football News…
THU, OCT 18
Seattle at San Francisco
…the two most hated teams in all of sport face off on Thursday Night. You disagree? Well, you can go to here…Yahoo! has your preview. Tired of Yahoo! hatin on the Rams…maybe SB Nation is the place to be. This is your classical ‘lose lose’ situation. A good ol Donovan McNabb tie wouldn’t bother me one bit.
Thursday, October 18
No. 3 Oregon at Arizona State
I am in no way qualified to even comment on this game. Call 3k, dbcouver, or Sergey at home if you have questions. I’ll leave it to SB Nation to provide you with the preview. If you’re a fan of the NFC West, though, I’d imagine this is the ‘go between.’ For some of you, it might be the highlight of your day. I don’t care who wins, so consider me on your side either way. Gooooo teams really far away from me!!
Is The Door Still Open For Ray Lewis?
You may not like Ray Lewis. You may not have cared that his season is/was potentially over. If you didn’t care, you’ve probably already moved on to the next link. For those of you who appreciate greatness, the door has not yet closed on Lewis’ season…or career. There is/was speculation, though, that if the triceps tear was to end his season, that he’d find himself inside a booth before we’d see him on a football field again. It’s a wait-and-see situation. Personally, I hope to see more of Ray Lewis as a football player.
Plain Ol Random…
Bottle Feed Your Baby, Breast Feed Your Dog
…you really want me to say more?
He Never Saw It Coming
Apparently in the UK, it’s completely normal to walk around with a samurai sword. A samurai sword made of wood can deliver some serious splinters. "Freeze sir! I said Freeze!" 50,000 volts later…def man
On This Day In Sports History…
1968 - US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
1974 - Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks
1977 - NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games
1977 - Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record
1980 - Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
1992 - Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL QB scramble record of 3,683
1995 - NHL Winnipeg Jets sold to Americans who plan to move them to Phoenix
Happy Birthday To…
1926 - Chuck Berry, Pioneer in Rock and Roll music. Johnny B. Goode
1939 - Mike Ditka, coach/tight-end (Bears, Cowboys) Hates the Rams
1956 - Martina Navratilova, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)
1958 - Thomas Hearns, American boxer. "The Hitman"
1960 - Jean Claude Van Damme, Actor. Tell me you’ve seen ‘Kickboxer’!
1990 - Brittney Griner, WNBA Center. Giant. Needs to work on her dunks
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