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Los Angeles Rams At Arizona Cardinals: Winners and Losers

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Is this for real?

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The Rams are 3-1 for the first time in a decade. Let that sink in - only a quarter of the way through the season and the team hasn't reached even this record in a decade. That was two Batman's ago. Yes, it's been that long.

Yet here we are, with Rams games now carrying expectations of winning. With Buffalo and Detroit up next, the Rams have a legitimate shot at seizing the NFC West. 5-1 isn't out of the question.

Then again, 3-3 isn't out of the question either. The Rams are winning by razor thin margins and at some point they're going to come up just short. But for now, ride the train.

The Quick Five

Jeff Fisher


It's not often you end up with a W after that poor of game management.

The Rams had two absolutely terrible challenges and had some questionable 4th down decisions as well. At some point, that's going to come back and bite them. It just wasn't this week.


Todd Gurley, RB

19 ATT, 33 YDS, 1.9YPC
5 REC, 49 YDS

It's clear that Gurley is starting to let the frustrations of the season get the better of him.

Yes, the line has given him nothing to work with. But there are small holes he is failing to see. It's hard to ask for patience when you're trying to go right up the gut with nine men in the box, but that is what needs to happen. It's not all doom, as the Rams passing game is finally showing life. Maybe that can help free Todd Gurley?


Brian Quick, WR

2 REC, 69 YDS, 2 TD

Seriously, where has this been for five years? Quick is still struggling with some drops, but he's making his receptions count. He's already tied his career season touchdown numbers, and the Rams have 12 games left.

Do the Rams have a receiver who has legit fantasy credibility? Where am I?


EJ Gaines, CB

7 TKL (6 SOLO), 2 PD

The Rams have missed the run stopping prowess of Janoris Jenkins.

Luckily, EJ Gaines is finally healthy. He made a few mistakes, but generally played a solid game overall. The team really needs some consistency from their secondary and while they are still struggling when there is no pressure, the team has improved significantly from the cluster that was Monday Night Football.


Aaron Donald, DE

5 TKL (4 SOLO), 1.5 SACK,

4 QB HITS, 1 FF

Donald has reached the pinnacle. It's clear he is the best defensive player in the NFL. There isn't much more I can say that you don't already know.

Assorted Thoughts

  • Case Keenum can make tough throws, then miss a wide open Tavon Austin multiple times. Is Goff really that bad, and if so...why'd the Rams take him?
  • Mark Barron is playing too fast. Constantly he was in the backfield...and constantly the play had already passed him by.
  • Hopefully the injury to Robert Quinn is not something that will keep him at less than 100% for long. He's been playing well.
  • How long will hype last for Greg Robinson?
  • The Rams continued their culture change against the Seahawks with 9 penalties for 84 yards.