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Random Ramsdom: November 10: St. Louis Rams - It Wasn't In The Cards

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A tough loss to Arizona, in a game that was eminently winnable. A lot of positives to take out of this game. The Rams are a young, talented team, one getting better as the season wears on. Our divisional rivals can testify as to how good the Rams truly are. The Rams have played all three of them very tough.

Christian Petersen

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I believe Joe McAtee was one unhappy guy yesterday:

The second half has been a horror story for the Rams all season:

That about sums it up:

Very telling stats:

5 wishes for Rams' second half: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernie Miklasz lists the things he'll be hoping for from the Rams in the second half of the season. I'm hoping the Rams gain some insight into what they need to do this offseason, with the goal of making a run at the playoffs in 2015.

Kroenke met with Inglewood, California Mayor: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The intrigue continues, as Rams owner Stan Kroenke meets with a California Mayor, on the same day Missouri Governor Jay Nixon takes an initiative with respect to stadium plans in St. Louis.

The NFL Midseason Story Lines We Could - And Couldn't - Have Seen Coming: Grantland

Who could have foreseen the Arizona Cardinals with the best record in the NFL, while the 49ers and Seahawks languish nearer the middle of the pack?

NFL team could end up in LA by next season; Rams front-runners: CBS Sports

Jason La Canfora explores the possibility of the Rams moving to Los Angeles, sooner than later.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: WR - Amari Cooper - Alabama

Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner shares his thoughts on the Rams' loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Austin Davis not the answer for Rams at QB: ESPN NFC West

Is Austin Davis part of the long-term solution at QB for the Rams? Nick Wagoner doesn't seem to think so:

"But the past two weeks have served as a reminder that Davis has one of the toughest jobs in sports, a job that he simply isn't capable of doing at a level that will lead his team to wins on a consistent basis."

Cardinals survive Palmer injury, run away from Rams: NFL.com

Chris Wesseling shares his 8 takeaways from the game between the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals.

Fourth-quarter meltdown dooms Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on the Rams, after their disappointing loss to the Cardinals.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential

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

The "Toxic Differential" sure came to light in the second half of the Rams' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. A 48-yard passing big play to John Brown in the fourth quarter resulted in an Arizona TD. Two late turnovers by QB Austin Davis sealed the Rams fate.

The expression "toxic differential" was coined by former NFL coach Brian Billick. Billick was the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens for 9 seasons, and led them to a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.

From an article by Brian Billick for NFL.com in November, 2011:

"People are constantly looking for the right combination of stats to indicate the probable success of a team. What are the key factors to winning? Is it sacks, third-down conversions, first-down efficiency, the ability to run the ball and stop the run, total passing yards? All are important, but none are a precise indicator of success."

"Beginning in 1998, when I was the Vikings' offensive coordinator, I used a formula that I called the "toxic differential" as the best barometer for our team's success. Simply stated, the toxic differential is the correlation between turnovers and explosive plays."

Rams Report Cards: At Arizona: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly grades for each Rams unit. The Rams' front-seven, and Jared Cook, merit the highest grades.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell updates his 3-round mock draft. The Rams select CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the first round, QB Garrett Grayson in the second round, and G A.J. Cann in the third round. Sorry Charlie, but too little and too late on the OLine.

Rams frustrated by illegal block call on Lance Kendricks: ESPN NFC West

Nick Wagoner shares what he heard and observed in the Rams locker room following the game against the Cardinals.

Palmer hurt, Stanton rallies Cardinals past Rams: 101 Sports

The Rams-Cardinals contest highlighted the importance of turnovers, big plays, and penalties in determining the outcome of a game.

On This Day In Sports History

1957 - Playing in Los Angeles, the Rams and 49ers set an NFL attendance record - 102,368.

1991 - Bernie Kosar ends an NFL record of 308 passes without an interception.

Top centers stand out, Andrus Peat steps up: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft

Reese Dismukes, Hroniss Grasu, and Andrus Peat. All three are names to look out for on draft day. They all would look good in horns on the offensive line.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: CBS Sports

Rob Rang updates his mock draft. He has the Rams taking a player who would be a major surprise to many.

St. Louis Rams take lead into fourth quarter, but badly collapse and lose by 17: Cover32 Rams

Spencer Engel hands out his weekly awards for the game between the Rams and Cardinals. Jared Cook and Alec Ogletree rate special mentions.

Week 10 grades: NFL.com

The folks at NFL.com give the Rams their weekly report cards.

Rams just can't handle adversity: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As Joe Strauss suggests:

"It’s safe to say after Sunday’s meltdown in the desert that the Rams still need to grow up."

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Austin Davis Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher reviews the game against Arizona with Steve Savard and D'Marco Farr: 101 Sports

St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Barrett Jones Tim Barnes
RG Davin Joseph Brandon Washington
LG Rodger Saffold
RT Joe Barksdale
LT Greg Robinson Mike Person
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer
WR Kenny Britt Chris Givens
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Damian Williams
RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Benny Cunningham Zac Stacy
QB Austin Davis Shaun Hill
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 Korey Toomer
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner
SS Mark Barron Cody Davis Maurice Alexander
FS T.J. McDonald Rodney McLeod
Practice Squad IR - Des. For Return Injured Reserve
QB Case Keenum DE Chris Long QB Sam Bradford
OT Steven Baker RB Isaiah Pead
OG Travis Bond TE Mason Brodine
TE Brad Smelley OC Demetrius Rhaney
TE Justice Cunningham LT Jake Long
WR Emory Blake WR Brian Quick
WR Devon Wylie CB Brandon McGee
DT Matt Conrath
CB Jemea Thomas
FS Christian Bryant

The roster is updated to reflect all transactions as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 9. After a huge week of roster transactions, the Rams were strangely quiet this past week. For once, the roster remained unchanged. When Chris Long returns, it will require the Rams to do a bit of roster tweaking.

Blast From The Past: Monday's Got The Blues: Buddy Guy - Hoochie Coochie Man

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!!