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Random Ramsdom: December 28: St. Louis Rams - Lowering The Boom On Seattle

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I've seen one NFL Championship from the Rams in 46 seasons as a fan. So I'm not going to complain about a great win over the Seahawks (or a 7-8 record), the Rams' first victory in Seattle since 2004. Savor the win and the great performances of unsung players like Tim Barnes and William Hayes. It'll be a springboard to better things in 2016! Gotta love it!!!

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Twitter Talk

A classy gesture by John Hekker:

Eric Berry is an inspiration to me. There IS hope. God bless him.

Wonderful news!

I wonder what that was all about?

Great stuff!

An exchange between a fan and Chris Long:

Seattle Seahawks Versus St. Louis Rams: For A Few Dollars More: Rams In Perspective

What do the Rams, Seahawks, spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood all have in common? I take an in-depth look at the two teams' top players and salary cap utilization.

Complete History Of The NFL: FiveThirtyEight

How do the Rams rate as an NFL team since their inception in 1937? A mediocre record overall and three NFL Championships.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select WR Michael Thomas in the first round, QB Carson Wentz  and DT Vernon Butler in the second round and C Max Tuerk in the third round. Wentz and Thomas are outstanding choices.

2016 NFL Draft underclassmen tracker: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft

Which college players are going pro? MTD's Dan Kadar will keep us updated on declarations as the deadline date (January 18) approaches.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Carson Wentz - North Dakota St.

Jim Thomas on the Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Highlights and hot topics from Thomas' weekly chat.

Stedman Bailey spends Christmas at home; vows to play again: ESPN NFL Nation

Bailey is making a remarkable recovery, after being shot twice in the head on November 24. Here's hoping he's back on the field in 2016.

Remembering the year of the receiver, two decades later: CBS Sports

1995. When Michael Irvin, Herman Moore, Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and the Reverend Isaac Bruce dominated the NFL.

John Hekker's second Pro Bowl bid just the beginning: ESPN NFL Nation

Hekker was a man on a mission this season:

"Last year off was, was, maybe motivation, just recognizing I’ve got to do a little bit more and step my game up. And make sure that I leave no doubt. That’s what I tried to do this year."

Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential

Toxic Differential Leaders
Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Carolina Panthers 19 34 53
2 Seattle Seahawks 4 38 42
3 Cincinnati Bengals 9 24 33
4 Buffalo Bills 4 29 33
5 Arizona Cardinals 12 15 27
6 Minnesota Vikings 5 19 24
7 Kansas City Chiefs 15 5 20
8 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 18 20
9 New York Jets 8 11 19
10 New England Patriots 7 9 16
11 Green Bay Packers 5 4 9
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4 12 8
13 St. Louis Rams 4 4 8
14 Denver Broncos 0 5 5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars -7 9 2
16 Oakland Raiders 0 -4 -4
17 Baltimore Ravens -13 9 -4
18 Houston Texans 2 -8 -6
19 San Francisco 49ers -4 -5 -9
20 New York Giants 6 -15 -9
21 Atlanta Falcons -6 -4 -10
22 Philadelphia Eagles -4 -6 -10
23 Chicago Bears -1 -9 -10
24 New Orleans Saints 1 -20 -19
25 Miami Dolphins -3 -22 -25
26 Dallas Cowboys -18 -7 -25
27 Detroit Lions -9 -20 -29
28 Indianapolis Colts -5 -25 -30
29 Cleveland Browns -8 -23 -31
30 Washington Redskins 1 -33 -32
31 Tennessee Titans -14 -19 -33
32 San Diego Chargers -8 -25 -33

The expression "toxic differential" was coined by former NFL coach Brian Billick. Billick was 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."


When trash talk goes too far: Sports On Earth

There may be more to the Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. confrontation in last weeks game than meets the eye.

2016 NFL Draft Order & Team Needs: NFL.com

Lance Zierlein updates the draft order (Rams select 18th) and each teams' needs. He's nailed it for the most part.

"Another year, another draft in which the Rams need to find a wide receiver they can build their passing game around because that guy doesn't appear to be on the roster -- still. Even if the Rams finally find a true WR1, do they have a quarterback they trust to build around? That's becoming extremely doubtful. The Rams could use more talent at center, and with both starting CBs set for free agency, the Rams might decide to make that position an early round priority."

Donald Trump Finally Distances Himself From Unrepentant Cheater Tom Brady: Sports Pickle

A tongue-in-cheek look at the much-ballyhooed relationship between Tom Brady and Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Rams Sweep Seattle, Move To 4-1 In The NFC West: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Rams Insider Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' fantastic win over the Seattle Seahawks.

On This Day In Sports History

1905 - The NCAA was founded.

1952 - The Detroit Lions defeat the Cleveland Browns 17-7 in the NFL Championship game.

William Hayes, Akeem Ayers up; Greg Zuerlein down: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner takes us through the "ups" and "downs" of Sunday's big win against the Seattle Seahawks.

Struggling Rams no longer a tough matchup for the Seahawks: MyNorthwest

This article was written on Saturday, the day before the game between the Rams and the Seahawks. I bet they'd like to take that back now. The funniest part of this link/article? Just above the main title to this article is the following on Sunday night:

Breaking: "Seahawks' offense derailed by Rams in 23-17 loss"

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson gets hit 13 times in loss to Rams: Seattle Times

I have a lot of respect for both the Seahawks and Russell Wilson. But Mr. Wilson is going to be one sore man after the beating he took on Sunday.

Highlights: Rams at Seahawks - Week 16: St. Louis Rams Official Website

The top plays from Sunday's big victory against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Case Keenum Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Chris Long Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Tim Barnes Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-On-One With Akeem Ayers Post-Game: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher on the Rams' win over Seattle: This was our best effort.

Russ Lande explores the Rams' options at QB in 2016:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage

Rams Report Card: Week 16 - Seattle

Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly unit grades. Great marks across the board/in all three phases of the game.

Rams knock off Seahawks 23-17

Joe Lyons takes us through the Rams' big win in Seattle, quarter by quarter.

Fun victory over Seahawks means little for Rams

Ben Hochman believes the Rams will be stuck in mediocrity until they find a new starting quarterback.

Rams sweep Seahawks, end losing streak in Seattle

Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on the game between the Rams and Seahawks.

CBS Sports Game Grades & Recap

Rams 23, Seahawks 17
A Thanks to a defense that forced three turnovers, the Rams pulled off their first season-sweep against the Seahawks since 2004. One of those turnovers came in the first quarter when Akeem Ayers returned a fumble 45-yards for a touchdown. The Rams' defense suffocated the Seahawks in this game. Besides the turnovers, the Rams also sacked Russell Wilson four times with three of those coming from William Hayes.
D

Russell Wilson better give Marshawn Lynch some of the recovery water because the Seahawks need Beast Mode back ASAP. The Seahawks' ability to run well is part of the reason their offense so effective, something that was pretty clear on Sunday. The Seahawks only ran for 60 yards in the game, marking just the ninth time in the Pete Carroll-era that the Seahawks have rushed for 60 or fewer yards in a game. The Seahawks are 2-7 in those games.

Russell Wilson's streak stopped by swarming Rams D: NFL.com

This game was just like most Rams-Seahawks affairs:

"This was a hard-hitting game, with at least a half-dozen players undergoing concussion evaluations."

Tim Barnes at the center of Rams' upset win in Seattle: ESPN NFL Nation

Center Tim Barnes was an unlikely hero in Sunday's game, recovering a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter.

Upsetting Developments: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.

Rams take Seahawks down: Sports On Earth

An excellent take on the game between the Rams and Seahawks by Kenneth Arthur.

Quote Of The Week

From Coach Jeff Fisher after the Rams' win over Seattle:

"It's nice to win three straight against good teams. We have a chance to go 5-1 in the division and finish on a winning note. That's what our focus is going to be."

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams have $2,309,338 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, December 27 (the 7th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here at Rams In Perspective for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.

St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney Eric Kush
RG Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Garrett Reynolds
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook
WR Tavon Austin Wes Welker Bradley Marquez
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick
RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham
RB Todd Gurley Chase Reynolds
QB Case Keenum Nick Foles Sean Mannion
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Nick Fairley Louis Trinca-Pasat
DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks Doug Worthington
DE Chris Long Eugene Sims
DE William Hayes Matt Longacre
MLB James Laurinaitis Bryce Hager
OLB Mark Barron Daren Bates
OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Eric Patterson
CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner
SS Maurice Alexander Christian Bryant
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis
Practice Squad Injured Reserve IR/Designated To Return
LB  Zack Hodges CB  E.J. Gaines OLB  Alec Ogletree
LB  Matthew Wells OG  Rodger Saffold
CB  Melvin White WR  Isiah Ferguson Reserve/Suspended
RB  Malcolm Brown OT  Darrell Williams
FB  Zach Laskey OG  Jamon Brown RB  Trey Watts
TE  Justice Cunningham SS  Tim McDonald Jr.
WR  Nick Toon DE  Robert Quinn Reserve/NFI
WR  J.J. Worton
WR  Deon Long WR  Stedman Bailey
OG  David Arkin
73 Players Total


Classic Rock Monday: Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic holiday season!!