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Random Ramsdom 9/29: Rams Returning to Health, Dominating on D, and Waiting on Goff

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Rams Looking Forward to Return of E.J. Gaines | L.A. Times

The Arizona Cardinals receiver corps is among the NFL’s deepest. Will E.J. Gaines be on the field Sunday trying to help neutralize it?

Donald Dominating, But Still in Search of First Sack | ESPN

Aaron Donald, the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle who is widely considered the very best at what he does, has yet to record a sack this season.

Rams’ D-Line Leading from the Front | Ventura County Star

Johnny Hekker has punted the ball away to the opposition in a one-score game near the two-minute warning in each of the last two weeks. Both Sundays, the Los Angeles Rams have trusted their defense to make the game-clinching play.

And they have delivered.

Keenum Quiets Critics After Solid Back-to-Back Outings | O.C. Register

After his fourth-quarter touchdown throw Sunday, Rams quarterback Case Keenum faced his sideline and did a quick fist-pumping, foot-stomping celebration. It had to feel cathartic.

Cardinals, Palmer Seek Bounce-Back Game vs. Rams | ESPN

Perhaps you don't quite recognize this year's version of the Arizona Cardinals, a team widely expected to contend for an NFC Championship.

Goff Awaits Chance as Rams’ Offense Starts to Click | L.A. Times

The No. 1 pick in NFL draft is accustomed to holding the football and his team’s fate in his hands, but instead stands on the sideline and holds a clipboard.

Palmer Says Goff Can Learn Much By Not Playing Right Away | L.A. Times

Carson Palmer was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NFL draft out of USC, so the Arizona Cardinals quarterback knows something about what Rams rookie Jared Goff is experiencing.

Goff’s Slow Progress Reminds Palmer of His Long Wait | O.C. Register

Through his entire rookie season in the NFL, former USC and Santa Margarita High standout Carson Palmer never appeared in a game.

Other Team’s Rookie QB Performances Not Affecting Rams’ Plans | L.A. Times

Coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams made a choice. They traded to the top of the NFL draft to select a quarterback and chose Jared Goff over Carson Wentz. Now Wentz and other rookie quarterbacks are lighting up the NFL while Goff stands on the sidelines as a backup to Case Keenum.

Are Rams Finally Finding Knack for Making Big Plays When it Counts? | O.C. Register

If you watch sports long enough you realize pretty quickly one trait separates the good teams from the bad ones: The ability to make the big play when the big play absolutely needs to be made.