Good Thursday morning, Rams fans! I hope it finds you well. It seems like an eternity since the Rams last played… and that includes the last two games. As we near week’s end, we look to put those games behind us, and focus on divisional foe San Francisco 49ers. There’s plenty to do to make your Thursday breeze by, and put you that much closer to kickoff. Kick it off with some Random…
In Rams News…
Stopping the 49ers Rushing Attack Will Be Key For Rams
I’m not sure that Alex Smith is ever going to get credit for being a passing threat, but the 49ers have found a way to win with him regardless. A startling statistic, "they have gotten first downs on 65.6 percent of their first and second down rushes when lining up in two-back sets." As usual, the Rams front seven will need to have a big day in order for the Rams to stay in this one.
Two Major Components of the Rams Offensive Line Set to Play On Sunday
The Rams, coming into 2012, looked to have had a seriously upgraded offensive line. Rodger Saffold was primed for his second season at left tackle, and the Rams signed veteran Scott Wells to a 4yr, $24mil deal. Outside of Harvey Dahl, the remainder of the line was…well, still an uncertainty. The Rams lost Wells immediately, and Saffold went shortly thereafter. The two hope to play this Sunday, though not as much as Rams fans and Sam Bradford…
In Case You Missed It, Hakim Is A Ram
Saalim Hakeem, younger brother of Az-Zahir [heard of him?] and owner of what I imagine to be an awesomely rhyming name, is now a member of the St. Louis Rams. A UFL special teams standout, Saalim could be a huge threat for the Rams in the return game. 4.31 speed?!? Might he see time this weekend?
Chris and Cris Hate the Rams: Version 3.0
I always love bumping into these. The first one I saw inspired me to write an article about how Collinsworth and Berman hate the Rams. They’ve rarely had an anything nice to say, so it’s clear that there mother’s didn’t teach them to not say anything at all. In this edition of "Chris and Cris Hate the Rams" Berman gets lazy, and Collinsworth goes….speechless
Bernie Bytes: Where Did the Rams Defense Go?
Miklasz discusses how the Rams previously dominant D has gone missing. The first five games of the year was filled with INT’s and Sacks a plenty. Since then, the Rams have found themselves in a three game slide. I probably don’t stand alone in thinking that ‘the defense will need to keep us in this one,’ as I say it every single week. They weren’t present for the end of the GB, and entirety of the NE, games. The Rams are going to need them to step up in Week 10 if they’re going to be able to kickoff the back half of the season with a much needed win.
How Well Do the 49ers Know Sam Bradford?
An interesting read from the SB Nation San Francisco site. An intriguing little stat that slipped my memory was that Sam Bradford did not play in either of their Rams/49ers match-ups last season. Will the lack of live play against the Rams quarterback aid the Rams offense in any way?
Matchup With 49ers Could Prove To Be Rough Start To Back Half For Rams
Balzer pretty much points out the obvious…this won’t be an easy game for the Rams. The return of healthy starters can not be understated. Sam Bradford will need protection from the 49ers defense, who ranks #1 in the NFL. A healthy Saffold and Wells would be a huge upgrade in talent, and an even larger boost for morale. The return of an eager Danny Amendola will provide the safety blanket Sam needs, and a hurt toe isn’t going to keep Chris Givens from trying to make it SIX with 50+. The perfect storm…
In Sporting News…
THU, NOV 8
Indianapolis at Jacksonville
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Thursday, November 8
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State
No. 10 Florida State at Virginia Tech
Being a resident in VA, it’s odd not seeing a small number to the left of the VA Tech link. The Hokies haven’t missed a bowl game in 18 years, and must win their last two games of the season in order to keep that streak alive. Clearly, the No. 10 team in the nation isn’t going to be an easy victory by any stretch. Tech is 4-1 at home this season. Peep the preview
Thursday, November 8
Oklahoma City at Chicago
LA Clippers at Portland
Reading this preview provided some stats that I would’ve probably thought were reversed. Not only do the Derrick Rose-less Bulls have a better record to start the season, but they’re doing it as a result of having one of the best defenses in the NBA. The season is still young, though, and it’s not as though the loss of their - and one of the NBA’s - best players won’t show at times. The Thunder, who have become a perennial powerhouse, head to Chi town on Thursday. Will their explosive offense overpower the Bulls stout D?
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Plain Ol Random…
The Judges Final Verdict: She’s an Idiot
Ever been in a hurry and had to put the petal to the metal, and you know the light will turn red, and put you even further behind if you don’t? We’ve all been there. There have been times where I’ve made ‘executive decisions’ about whether or not to abide traffic law. I’ve never done this, though…
Sadly, Coffin Sales Are Down. Here’s How You ‘Erect' A Business Plan
Purchasing a coffin is rarely viewed as an enjoyable way to spend your money. Having lost a family member, selecting the box that they’ll be buried in is no easy decision. This Polish coffin maker is providing customer service with a smile…from a naked lady
How To Please Your Wife With Your Tongue
I’d probably lose this gig on TST if this was what you’d think it was…but it’s not. What it is, however, is one mans ridiculous attempt to win back his wife. I would’ve taken the Jamie Foxx approach and blamed it on the alcohol...
On This Day In Sports History…
1951 - NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards
1961 - Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
1990 - Darryl Strawberry signs 5-year contract with LA Dodgers
1991 - Paul Coffey sets NHL defensman scoring mark with 311th goal
1994 - Cleveland Cavaliers 1st game at Gund Arena, lose to Houston Rockets, 100-98
1997 - Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
Happy Birthday To…
1929 - Bobby Bowden, retired NCAAF Coach (Florida State)
1964 - Chuck Cecil, NFL safety (Houston Oilers)
1970 - Qadry Ismail, NFL wide receiver (Vikings, Dolphins)
1975 - Brevin Knight, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
1977 - Nick Punto, American baseball player (Journeyman)
1981 - Joe Cole, English footballer
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