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Random Ramsdom 11/18: Bye Week Woes

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Every Rams fan's least favorite week of the year is now in the books. Time to get back to football!

Joe Robbins

You may now return to your TV's and computers; the St. Louis Rams' bye week is over.

It was a grueling wait for Sunday, knowing that regardless of what happened you would be neither joyed nor disappointed by the outcome. No amount of horrendous penalties at another team's expense could make you forget that you were not watching the Rams.

Alas, more good times -- and bad -- are now ahead. It's time to get ready for a dynamic Chicago Bears team that will undoubtedly attempt to run up the score board.

On to the links...

Robert Quinn's case for "D" Player of the Year - Nick Wagoner takes a look at the Rams' next perennial Pro Bowler, Robert Quinn, as well as his strongest competition for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

VIDEO: Mid-season awards - Bryan Burwell and Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch hand out their mid-season MVP awards on both sides of the ball.

Studs and duds - Who are the Rams biggest surprises at this point in the season and who are their less likeable, disappointing counterparts?

Catching up with active former Rams - The Rams set their sights on the future in the off-season by parting ways with seven key starters. The team isn't exactly living up to their own expectations, but neither are many of their departed veterans.  Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson have suffered unfortunate injuries, while Steven Jackson simply is not allowed in the playoffs.

Clemens acclimated with starting role - Ideally, Kellen Clemens will have only six more starts under his belt for the rest of his career, the final six games of the 2013 season.  With that said and all things considered, he has fared well in relief of Sam Bradford.

Youngblood doesn't care for injuries - Jack Youngblood, the iron man of football throughout the 70s, knows a few things about playing with pain. He thinks players today should be more willing to suit up when injured.

VIDEO: Chris Long on PFT - The Rams' longest tenured player talks about his bye week plans with Erik Kuselias of ProFootballTalk.

49ers fall in New Orleans - Leading 20-14 with only six minutes left, the San Francisco 49ers seemed destined for a late heartbreak at the hands of Drew Brees. They were, but not how you might think. The Saints mounted three field goal drives in those closing minutes, beating the 'Niners 23-20.

Cards top Jaguars - Arizona is now tied with the 6-4 49ers for second place in the NFC West.

Seahawks stomp Vikings - Jacson Bevens of Field Gulls analyzes Seattle's unsurprising victory over the struggling Minnesota Vikings with a little bit of quality satire that would make Douglas Morrison both proud and a little uncomfortable.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts

WalterFootball 11/13

CBS Sports 11/12

Ramblin' Fan 11/15

Draft Tek 11/08

And Dan Kadar's (of Mocking the Draft) Top 100 prospects

Tavon Awesome

With the highlights out of the way, here's the man himself with some national media recognition.

UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley visits Rams Park

P.S. The Redskins lost to the Eagles, so the Rams actually won in week 11. Isn't the draft great?

As always, GO RAMS!!!