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The Rams, coming off a bye week, will be well rested when they host the Chicago Bears this coming weekend. St. Louis will need to run the table and win all of their remaining games to have a shot at the playoffs. Although a remote possibility, we'll take it one game at a time. Let's hope each of those remaining games are exemplified by the fine play the Rams exhibited in the win over the Colts.

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A well-deserved honor for Tavon Austin:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rams WR/return man Tavon Austin voted Pepsi Next NFL rookie of the week.</p>&mdash; Jim Thomas (@jthom1) <a href="">November 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Another well-deserved honor for Austin after his play in the Colts game:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tavon Austin named NFC special teams player of the week: <a href=""></a> via <a href="">@STLtoday</a></p>&mdash; Jim Thomas (@jthom1) <a href="">November 13, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Chris Long's reaction to his first NFL touchdown:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>2 da crib </p>&mdash; Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) <a href="">November 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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One more time for Tavon:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Congratulations to <a href="">@Tayaustin01</a>, the <a href="">@NFL</a> Rookie of Week 10! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) <a href="">November 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Rodger Saffold connecting the dots:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Protecting the QB is my job, my job is football, football is my life, Sooo protecting the QB is my life! <a href=";src=hash">#dowhatYOUdo</a> <a href=";src=hash">#RAMSnation</a> <a href=";src=hash">#iDEFINEme</a></p>&mdash; Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) <a href="">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Morning Ram-blings: Cutler or McCown?: ESPN NFC West

Nick Wagoner asks who the Rams should prefer to face: Jay Cutler or Josh McCown.

My Road To The NFL: Student Of The Game - Cody Davis

Benny Cunningham - via teammate Cody Davis' own blog - recounts his path to the NFL.

Clemens Gives Rams Chance To Win, Grow: ESPN NFC West

"Clemens presents the rare backup option who can actively make his teammates better while they’re working to win on his behalf."

Rams at the bye: Looking ahead: ESPN NFC West

Nick Wagoner examines the Rams' remaining games and offers a prediction for each one. Wagoner predicts the Rams will go 3-3 in their remaining 6 games and finish with a 7-9 record.

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings By Position: Walter Football

Walter Football offers their ongoing positional rankings of players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Rookie Highlight Reel - Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin vs. Colts 2013: A Game To Remember (via dougitydog)

Is The St. Louis Rams' Relative Success With Kellen Clemens At QB An Indictment Of Sam Bradford?: Rant Sports NFL

Are the Rams better off with Kellen Clemens at quarterback? Anthony Blake offers his opinion. Needless to say, it differs wildly from mine.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking The Draft - SB Nation

Matthew Fairburn presents his first mock draft of the year. The Rams select safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Jake Matthews. I'm down for these selections. My own mock draft selects both of these players.

Updated Draft Order: Over The Cap

OTC presents its weekly 2014 NFL Draft Order. Currently, the Rams are picking 6th (from the Redskins) and 13th with their own pick.

Rams Return From Bye Week Two Games Back In NFC Wild Card Hunt: KMOX

The Rams are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and aren't as far back as one might surmise.

Much To Gain From A T.J. McDonald Return: ESPN NFC West

When will T.J. McDonald return to the line-up?

"He’s coming along," Fisher said. "He did a lot of work last week outside and inside. It’s a confidence factor now, but we’ll continue to give him reps."

On This Day In Sports History

1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of distinguishing baseball as a "sport" and not a "business".

Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential

Toxic Differential Leaders
Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Seattle Seahawks 11 31 42
2 Philadelphia Eagles 4 29 33
3 San Francisco 49ers 6 23 29
4 New Orleans Saints 3 12 15
5 Kansas City Chiefs 15 0 15
6 Carolina Panthers 8 5 13
7 Denver Broncos -2 10 8
8 Green Bay Packers -6 13 7
9 Detroit Lions -2 9 7
10 New England Patriots 9 -3 6
11 Cleveland Browns -3 7 4
12 Cincinnati Bengals -2 6 4
13 Chicago Bears 10 -7 3
14 Buffalo Bills 3 0 3
15 Oakland Raiders 0 3 3
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 -2 3
17 Houston Texans -11 13 2
18 Washington Redskins -2 4 2
19 New York Jets -14 16 2
20 St. Louis Rams 5 -6 -1
21 Indianapolis Colts 4 -6 -2
22 Tennessee Titans 3 -5 -2
23 Arizona Cardinals 1 -9 -8
24 Miami Dolphins 0 -9 -9
25 Pittsburgh Steelers -8 -2 -10
26 New York Giants -11 -3 -14
27 Baltimore Ravens -5 -12 -17
28 San Diego Chargers -6 -12 -18
29 Dallas Cowboys 11 -30 -19
30 Minnesota Vikings -8 -18 -26
31 Atlanta Falcons -11 -17 -28
32 Jacksonville Jaguars -7 -40 -47

On August 19, I wrote about the importance of the "toxic differential", in an article for Turf Show Times (link). The Rams, after 10 games, rank 20th in the league in this vital statistic. It's evident there is a correlation between the "toxic differential", and an NFL teams success on the field. The chart is courtesy of "Sporting Charts".


Rams Punter Johnny Hekker Having A Pro Bowl Year: Cover 32 Rams

Robert Quinn is not the only Rams having a Pro Bowl-type season. Punter John Hekker has been outstanding all season, and is well-deserving of post season accolades.

Rams Highs And Lows At The Bye: Fox Sports Midwest

The Rams have had their share of highs and lows this season. It's to be expected from a young team whose roster has endured a 75% turnover since January of 2012.

St. Louis Rams Have Questions This Off Season: Rant Sports NFL

This will be an interesting off season for the Rams, who will have many decisions to make in many areas. Re-signing and signing free agents, the 2014 NFL Draft, and potential cap casualties, all will play a huge role after the season ends.

Three Reasons Why The Rams Need To Re-Sign Rodger Saffold...At Guard: Rams 101

The emergence of Joe Barksdale, the importance of guard play in the NFL, and the potential for Saffold to become a better guard than tackle are all cited as reasons for him re-signing with the Rams as a guard.


The Rams Must Utilize Zac Stacy Against The Chicago Bears: Rant Sports NFL

This is a forgone conclusion for me, especially given the Bears' 31st ranked rushing defense. Expect Stacy to go over 100 yards in this game.

Expect A Close Game When The Bears Come To Visit: Rams 101

Greg Zuerlein has been very quiet the past few weeks. Watch for him to be a factor in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Rams Should Be Held More Accountable: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernie Miklasz takes an in-depth look at the Rams after 10 games. A must read.

Looking Ahead To The Rams' Biggest Off Season Decisions: Bleacher Report

Quarterback, the offensive line, and the secondary highlight the biggest off season concerns for the Rams.

Steve Smith takes on Aqib Talib: Deadspin

Cortland Finnegan's got nothing on this guy, the irrepressible Steve Smith, WR for the Carolina Panthers.

Quick trying to make the most of his opportunities: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Brian Quick is making his presence felt, if only in small ways at times. He is learning and growing as a football player:

"Every week, he does things that show the work that he’s doing off the field," Clemens said. "He’s a guy that’s spent a lot of time in his playbook and is spending a lot of time on his technique. He’s doing a lot of things that maybe don’t make the headlines but are helping us win."

Laurinaitis Remains Defensive Centerpiece For Rams: St. Louis Rams Official Website

"Win, lose, whatever, you keep studying hard, you keep taking notes the way you always have, and you never take anything for granted. There are always guys out there working hard who want to take your job. I love the game too much to ever take a day off."


A bit of nostalgia. A look back at the Rams' 1999 season:

A Lookback at the 1999 Rams Season (via KurtWarnerFTF)

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - November 13

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - November 14

Tavon Austin Press Conference - November 13

Kellen Clemens Press Conference - November 13

All press conferences are courtesy of the St. Louis Rams Official Website

Can "Game Managers" win Super Bowls? With Jim Fassel:

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Les Snead talks about Kellen Clemens and Tavon Austin:

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Torry Holt discusses Brian Quick and Jared Cook:

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St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams' available cap space remains at $103,482, lowest in the league. That figure is unchanged since the signings of QB's Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Tuesday: The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man

The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man (Live) - OFFICIAL (via The Rolling Stones)

Have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!! Hope to see you in a week or so!!