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Random Ramsdom: October 27: St. Louis Rams - The Road Leads To The NFC West

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The Rams played a disappointing 60 minutes of football against the Kansas City Chiefs, suffering numerous injuries in a 34-7 loss. The sked continues on the road with a pair of divisional games against the 49ers and Cardinals. Injuries to the offensive line - Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, and Scott Wells - could play a huge role in the Rams' fortunes as the season progresses. Expect the offensive line to be addressed in a major way this coming off-season.

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Twitter Talk

Bad news just in on Brian Quick's injury:

Updated late Monday morning:

A tragic day for all sports fans...a loss like this puts scoreboard losses into perspective:

I'd say that's pretty accurate:

Could the Rams be interested in trading DT Kendall Langford before Tuesday's deadline? I imagine his contract will deter many teams:

Not a good sign, for an offensive line already in turmoil:

It may be premature to consider this, but the Rams could gain $8 million in salary cap relief if Jake Long is released after the season:

Food for thought:

Rams' missed chances become Chiefs' blowout: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner recaps the game and shares his thoughts on the Rams' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select QB Connor Cook in the first round, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin in the second round, and G Arie Kouandjio in the third round.

NFL's All Rookie Team (So Far): Grantland

A good sign for the Rams, as Aaron Donald and E.J. Gaines have shone on the Rams' defense in their rookie seasons.

Sing it again...same old Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernie Miklasz shares his less-than-happy thoughts about the Rams-Chiefs contest.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Kevin Hogan - Stanford

Week 8 Rams Report Card: NFL.com

As one might imagine, the Rams didn't earn high grades in the game against the Chiefs.

Rams, Jake Long believe he has re-torn ACL: Pro Football Talk

Did the Rams allow Sam Bradford and Jake Long to come back too soon from ACL tears?

Rapid reaction: St. Louis Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner shares his immediate post-game reaction to the Rams' loss versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rams Report Card: Failing In KC: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly grades. Quite a number well-deserved F's in this game.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Third Down Conversion Percentage

Rank


Team


2014


2013


1

Dallas

57.45%

35.00%

2

Kansas City

50.62%

36.40%

3

San Diego

50.44%

47.39%

4

New Orleans

50.00%

43.50%

5

Denver

46.74%

47.95%

6

Chicago

44.83%

42.13%

7

Green Bay

44.58%

40.53%

8

Indianapolis

44.33%

38.14%

9

St Louis

44.00%

34.43%

10

Baltimore

43.82%

36.36%

11

Arizona

43.68%

35.24%

12

San Francisco

43.00%

37.10%

13

NY Giants

42.11%

32.70%

14

Carolina

42.11%

44.50%

15

Detroit

41.18%

42.99%

16

Atlanta

41.11%

43.00%

17

Philadelphia

40.96%

38.22%

18

NY Jets

40.59%

38.96%

19

Pittsburgh

40.00%

37.96%

20

Seattle

40.00%

38.11%

21

New England

39.22%

39.84%

22

Oakland

38.36%

34.98%

23

Miami

38.16%

35.02%

24

Tampa Bay

37.31%

31.22%

25

Buffalo

37.00%

34.29%

26

Houston

36.36%

35.93%

27

Jacksonville

36.17%

31.11%

28

Minnesota

33.68%

36.45%

29

Cleveland

33.33%

35.02%

30

Cincinnati

32.88%

40.08%

31

Washington

31.71%

40.43%

32

Tennessee

31.33%

41.41%

Prior to the game against the Chiefs, the Rams ranked 9th in the league in offensive 3rd down conversion percentage. The improvement seen this season is one of the bigger reasons for the advances made by the offense as a whole. The offense faltered in the game against Kansas City. One of the reasons for the poor performance was an abysmal 3rd down conversion percentage (3/11 or 27.3%). The chart is courtesy of Team Rankings.

Rams defeated in Governor's Cup, 34-7: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs vs. Rams - 10 Observations: Kansas City Star

A look at the Rams-Chiefs game from the winning teams perspective.

Wounded Rams limp out of Kansas City: ESPN NFL Nation

The Rams' team depth will be tested in the coming weeks by some of the better teams in the NFL. It's time for the rookies to shine!

More discord in Seattle? Seahawks might move on from Lynch next year: Yahoo Sports - Shutdown Corner

In the wake of Percy Harvin's departure, it's now become apparent that the Seahawks will move on from RB Marshawn Lynch after this season. The struggling Seattle team is learning how difficult it is to keep a Super Bowl-winning team intact.

You think the Rams may know a thing or two about trick plays? They've got nothing on the Arkansas Razorbacks, who used a 350 pound OL as a QB, throwing a TD pass in the game against UAB:

Rams Legends: QB - Roman Gabriel

Roman Gabriel was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1962 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons for the Rams, earning Pro Bowl honors 4 times, and an All-Pro selection in 1969. Gabriel was the first Asian-American to start as an NFL quarterback. The following video is a tribute to one of the best QB's of the late 60's and early 70's:

Rams crushed in Kansas City, 34-7: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on the Rams loss to the Chiefs.

The sad bracket: which NFL team is the best of the worst?: SB Nation NFL

The Rams manage to win the "Saddest Super Bowl". Let's hope they get this thing turned around, and compete for the real Super Bowl within a couple of years.

Rams may finally be building something: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

An article by Jeff Gordon that's tailor-made for those of us who believe the Rams have a bright future ahead of them, notwithstanding the loss to the Chiefs.

The Quarterback Contract Question: Grantland

Bill Barnwell surveys the QB landscape, and takes an in-depth look at QB contracts around the league - past, present, and future.

Rams at Chiefs Recap: CBS Sports

The CBS crew recaps all the action from Sunday's game between the Rams and Chiefs.

Big Ben Goes Boom: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Peter King recaps the entire weekends' action in the NFL, and gives a nice shout out to the Rams - however belatedly - for their special teams performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rams can't get back to basics: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas takes an in-depth look at the Rams' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

On This Day In Sports History

2004 - The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

1995 - The contract finalizing the Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore is signed.

Aaron Donald

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Press Conference

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference

Austin Davis Post-Game Press Conference

James Laurinaitis Post-Game Interview

Barrett Jones Post-Game Interview

Barrett Jones Post-Game Interview

Robert Quinn Post-Game Interview

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher assesses the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: 101 Sports

Will Witherspoon one-on-one with Rams DE Robert Quinn: 101 Sports

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams currently have $4,835,513 in available salary cap space, 2nd lowest in the league. The Rams structured Robert Quinn's recent contract extension to have little additional impact on the Rams' 2014 salary cap. I'll be publishing a complete breakdown of his contract - plus a complete salary cap update - within the next week.

St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Tim Barnes Barrett Jones
RG Rodger Saffold Davin Joseph
LG Greg Robinson
RT Joe Barksdale
LT Jake Long Mike Person
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer
WR Kenny Britt Stedman Bailey
WR Brian Quick Tavon Austin Chris Givens
RB Benny Cunningham Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Zac Stacy Tre Mason
QB Austin Davis Shaun Hill Case Keenum
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Kendall Langford
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE William Hayes Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis Marshall McFadden
OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Jemea Thomas
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Lamarcus Joyner
SS T.J. McDonald Maurice Alexander
Practice Squad IR - Des. For Return Injured Reserve
QB Garrett Gilbert DE Chris Long QB Sam Bradford
OL Brandon Washington RB Isaiah Pead
OT Mike Remmers TE Mason Brodine
TE Brad Smelley OC Demetrius Rhaney
TE Mike McNeill CB Brandon McGee
WR Devon Wylie
WR Kadron Boone
DT Matt Conrath
LB Korey Toomer
FS Christian Bryant

The roster is updated to reflect all transactions as of 11.00 pm, Sunday October 26. On Saturday, the Rams placed CB Brandon McGee on IR, ending his season. The Rams promoted CB Jemea Thomas from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and signed former Ram TE Mike McNeill to the practice squad. The Rams will likely place both Brian Quick and Jake Long on season-ending injured reserve. Many roster moves are expected to be made in next couple of days.

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Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week.