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Rams Recap, The Quick Five: Week 8

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Domination.
Domination.

My apologies for not having one of these last week. I didn't get to watch the game, so I thought I would save myself the embarrassment of talking out of you know where. Here are the Quick Five:

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Sam Bradford, QB

This is what, the third week that Bradford hasn't thrown an INT? He had a great stat line yesterday and looks every bit the player the Rams hoped he would be when they sent him a 78 million dollar contract. I'd like to use some Peyton Manning rookie season stat comparison, but I think you already get the point.

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James Laurinaitis, MLB

JL flat out dominated yesterday. Tackles for loss, sacks, INT's, you name it, he made it happen. He is Steven Jackson's counterpart on defense. Also, it should be noted the Rams held Carolina to 25 yards rushing, an amazing feat in itself.

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Ron Bartell, CB

I've been hard on Bartell this season, but the thing I don't get is that he gets banged up all over, and then puts out his best outing so far. Granted he didn't have any INT's to drop this week (zing), but he was good in coverage, and that is what mattered.

 

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Chris Long, DE

Chris Long continues to sizzle this season. He is starting to put up the numbers that will allow him to be recognized, but it's a shame that is what it takes because he is dominating whoever is brave enough to line up against him.

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Injuries

This Rams team desperately needs to get healthier. You could tell that Jason Smith was missed on the O-Line. Steven Jackson was definitely not at 100%, and while you can't help but admire him for his toughness, you have to wonder how much more he can take.