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Random Ramsdom 12/26: Rams vs. Seahawks Preview, Playoff Scenarios, & The 2014 Draft

The St. Louis Rams will head to Seattle in Week 17, hoping to hand the Seahawks their second straight home loss. And while a win has no postseason implications for the Rams, it would give the team their first .500 season since 2006…

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With the NFL regular season a week from completion, here's a look at the draft order if the season ended today, with the top three draft needs for each team.

While several team’s have already earned entry into the postseason, many others are looking for a win - and possibly good fortune - in order to keep their hopes alive. The Cardinals may win 11 games this season, and still have to watch from home.

Pete Prisco picks the winners for each Week 17 NFL matchup. The Rams, who regularly find themselves in Seattle in Week 17, won’t be securing their 8th win of the year against the Seahawks…so says Pete.

Welcome to the Holiday-version of the only Division Power Rankings that Prancer reads. This week it's Merry Christmas to the NFC. With all games accounted for, the NFC has won the season-series against the AFC this season 34-30, marking the third straight time the NFC has won the inter-conference battle.

With another chance to clinch the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks are focused on bouncing back from their first home loss against an opponent they've dominated there.

Some thoughts and observations [from Nick Wagoner] on the St. Louis Rams’ 23-13 win against theTampa Bay Buccaneers, after reviewing the All-22 film.

PFF Pro Bowl Team For 2014: Pro Football Focus

Of course Robert Quinn makes the PFF Pro Bowl team list! Black Lightning leads the NFL in sacks, and is well on his way to earning the first ever Deacon Jones [Sack] Award. The contributions of one Special Team's standout should not be overlooked though…

All-Time Football Gifts Power Rankings: National Football Post

NFP ranks the Top 10 football gifts of all-time. While some might be a bit outdated, I’d have to think the vast majority of these items would still make great gifts today.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WR/return man Tavon Austin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. DE Chris Long (thigh) sat out as well.</p>&mdash; Jim Thomas (@jthom1) <a href="">December 26, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rams officially placed Jake Long on injured reserve. DE Sammy Brown promoted from practice squad to fill roster spot.</p>&mdash; Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) <a href="">December 26, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Season-Long Progress Is Evident With Rams’ Rookies: St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

Bailey and Stacy opened the year with just a single offensive touch through the season’s first four weeks, a 4-yard carry by Stacy in the Rams’ season-opening win over Arizona. Observing the contributions of WR Stedman Bailey and RB Zac Stacy in the Rams’ 23-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday would give little indication of their roles from the season’s outset.

Don’t look now, but this is shaping up as one of the highest-scoring Rams teams in years. With one game left to play, the Rams have scored 339 points, which is already more than any Rams squad since 2006.

The Rams’ Run Defense Is Clamping Down: St. Louis Post Dispatch

It was nearly two months ago when Titans’ RB Chris Johnson scorched the Rams for 150 yards and pair of touchdowns. A lot’s changed on the Rams’ defense since early November. Joe Lyons highlights just how drastically they’ve improved.

Robert Quinn lead’s the NFL in sacks, and has certainly earned a trip to Hawaii. If you were to take QB’s out of the discussion, is Robert Quinn a name in your MVP discussions?

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The SB Nation experts pick the winners of each game for the final [regular season] week of 2013. The Rams haven’t had much success while playing in Seattle as of late. Not many teams have. Nobody on this panel sees the Rams fortune turning this weekend.

If Robert Quinn is to bring home the Defensive Player of the Year Award, his first step would be to earn the Deacon Jones Award. Could playing in a small market, on a non-playoff team, be detrimental to his ability to take home more hardware?

Everybody has a wish list during the holiday season, here is a wish list for the common Rams fan.

The Jake Long injury only further solidified that Walt thinks the Rams are targeting Jake Matthews with their first pick in next April’s draft. Walt does change their second 1st round pick [from HaHa Clinton-Dix]. And, as you might’ve guessed, a QB in the 3rd…

Reggie White passed away nine years ago today. Here’s to one of the greatest in the history of the game.