The St. Louis Rams will host one of their bitter rivals tonight, as they’ll be hosting the San Francisco 49ers in a primetime Thursday Night Football matchup. The Rams found success against the 49ers in 2012, but claiming a 2nd win in the current season will be no easy task. Excuses such as "we’re injured," or "we’re the youngest team in the league" will fall on deaf ears on Thursday night. The St. Louis Rams owned the NFC West last year, and tonight is the perfect time to prove that they’re not ready to hand over the keys…
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In the Danger Zone: NFL.com
There are several "could be/should be" teams in the NFL that have disappointed thus far through the early stages of the 2012 season. The San Francisco 49ers are no exception. Getting off to a 1-2 start certainly wasn’t the plan. How do they handle a loss in St. Louis on Thursday night…against a team that owned them last year?
The QB Index- Ranking the Starters: NFL.com
Sam Bradford currently ranks 8th in total yards, but a less-than-stellar Week 3 did some serious damage to his QB rating. Gregg Rosenthal lists his Top 10 QB’s through Week 3, along with those trending up/down. You won’t find a Rams’ QB in this read…should there be?
AFC Flips the Script On the NFC: CBS Sports
You may not have noticed, but the AFC - very recently known as the weaker conference - has played admirably at the start of the 2013 season. The NFC West, however, hasn’t necessarily lived up to the hype. Here’s what CBS is saying about the Rams…
The Rams Stand [Next To] No Chance At a Super Bowl in 2014: CBS Sports
Many of the offseason "Super Bowl Odds" articles had the Rams at 50:1. Fair enough…there’s really no commitment there…especially when you had the Rams' Thursday Night Football opponents as clear favorites. A 1-2 start to the 2013 season, which mirrors that of the Rams, hasn’t had the same effect on those randomly selecting odds, though. The Rams are now 150:1, while the 49ers are still 12:1 favorites. We’ll see how this pans out if the Rams continue their recent success against the 49ers on TNF…
The Rams Will Be Hayes-Less On Thursday Night: ESPN
There aren’t many times when having only Chris Long and Robert Quinn can be considered a ‘concern.’ Missing any player is a concern when you’re facing the 49ers. One of the Rams’ more versatile defensive lineman - Williams Hayes - has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game. Will Eugene Sims or Gerald Rivers come up clutch?
A Very, Very Brief Commentary On the 49ers v. Rams Matchup: ESPN
Nick Wagoner provides a brief recap of each team’s woes as they head into Thursday night. Which team will capitalize on the other team’s early season misfortunes?
Jeff Fisher Knows What You Know, Defensive Lineman : Pro Football Talk
And since the Competition Committee has repeatedly declined to outlaw cut blocks, it’s no surprise that Fisher said it’s up to defensive linemen to protect themselves.