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Random Ramsdom: St. Louis Rams News and Thanksgiving Day Game Previews

Happy Thanksgiving, St. Louis Rams fans! Before you jumpstart a day filled with family, food, and football, take a moment to catch up on some Turkey Day news and notes…

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Bruce Arians Thinks the Read Option is a Great College Offense:

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is not surprised that some of the quarterbacks that excelled using read-option principles last year are struggling this season.

Jeff Fisher Mic’d Up For the Rams vs. Bears Matchup [VIDEO]:

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher is mic'd up during the Rams' 42-21 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 12.

10 Things To Watch For On Thanksgiving:

Luckily for you, there are three games on tap for your Turkey-Day viewing pleasure. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep your eye on during Thursday’s NFL matchups.

Thanksgiving Day Bloopers [VIDEO]:

Take a walk down memory lane with this look at three of the funniest and most unforgettable moments from Thanksgiving Day NFL games of the past.

Turkey Day Game Rankings: CBS Sports

Jason La Canfora highlights each of Thursday’s match-ups and provides some insight as to why you’ll want to watch, and what you should be looking for.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: CBS Sports

A second loss for the Denver Broncos has made the Seattle Seahawks the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Super Bowl. Stomping out the Bears in Week 12 certainly didn’t do them any favors…while getting stomped out - for the Bears - did them little harm.

Jake "The Snake" Likes Him Some Rams In Week 13: CBS Sports

…and he’s not the only one. CBS Sports analyst, Dave Richards, is also picking the Rams in the upset.

The NFC West Is The Best Division In The NFL: CBS Sports

"When the Rams and Cardinals are both winning games by over 20 points against good teams, that's when I know it's time to move the NFC West back to the top spot."

Jeff Fisher Says A Few Of His Ailing Players Are "Doing Well": ESPN

Running back Zac Stacy, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and left guard Chris Williams did not participate in Wednesday's practice according to the team's official injury report, but all three are making strides in a positive direction according to coach Jeff Fisher.

Rams’ CB Cortland Finnegan has received more criticism than praise for his play in the 2013 season. A fractured orbital bone has sidelined him for the remainder of the year. The Rams have a decision to make in regards to their veteran CB this offseason. He’ll cost the Rams a pretty penny if nothing’s done. He, nor you, should bank on that happening…

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On Wednesday morning, Austin added a monthly prize to his growing collection as the NFC named him the special teams player of the month for November. Look for him in the history books!

Analysis Notebook, Week 12: Pro Football Focus

In cased you hadn’t noticed, Robert Quinn has been dominating left tackles for the better part of the 2013 season. His consistent play is turning heads, and garnering him the necessary praise. PFF takes a closer look at the Rams’ defensive end; specifically his impressive performance in Week 12.

Over the last two weeks, the St. Louis Rams have outscored their opponents by a score of 80-29. The stability of Kellen Clemens, the consistency of Zac Stacy and the explosion of Tavon Austin has sparked the offense during that time. However, just as he has done throughout the whole season, defensive end Robert Quinn has also played a huge part in their recent success.

Rams Defense Making Strides in Consistency: St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

The Rams are starting to hit their stride defensively, and consistency is leading to the desired results. Whether it be individual efforts, or cohesion of the entire unit, the Rams’ defense has begun to dominate it’s opponents, and they’re doing so with some semblance of regularity.

No Bust, All Boom For Robert Quinn: St. Louis Post Dispatch

When Robert Quinn joined Rams in 2011, he hadn’t played in a game since December 2009. There was a boom-or-bust potential to the selection. Less than three years later, he's all boom.

The NFL has been playing games on Thanksgiving Day since the first year of its existence (when the league was named the American Professional Football League. Since 1920 there has been at least one game played on that day each year, except from 1941 to 1944.

A Football Feast: The MMQB

Thanksgiving offers NFL fans the opportunity to sit on the couch and not move for 12 hours, with Packers-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys and Steelers-Ravens all on the docket. Who has the edge in each matchup? Here's a complete breakdown.

Turf Show Times is a subsidiary of SB Nation. SB Nation has some experts. Those experts make some predictions. None of them are picking the Rams to beat the 49ers this week.

The Rams have played surprisingly well after losing their starting QB - Sam Bradford - for the remainder of the 2013 season. At that point, there were fans who were willing to call it quits on the 2013 season and look to next year’s draft. Kellen Clemens has lead the Rams to back-to-back victories. Maybe it’s time they starting losing…on purpose.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. We're blessed to have three football games to break up the monotony of talking to family members and eating. So let's not come here and bury six football teams whose games leave us wanting; let's celebrate them. Here's a whole list of things to watch for and enjoy during Thursday's Turkey-Day action.

Nothing new here, folks…

Enjoy some time off. Appreciate the company of friends and family. Over-indulge in food and drink. Watch a cornucopia of football. Thank YOU for stopping by TST on Thanksgiving…and every other day of the year, for that matter. I’ll speak on behalf of the staff when I say we're thankful that you do. Go Rams!