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Random Ramsdom 12/31: 2017 comes to a close, but the Rams’ season is far from over

For the first time in a long time, Week 17 doesn’t mark the end of Rams’ football

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Fassel may hold keys to Rams’ playoff success | OC Register

Thirteen years before he was handed the reins of an NFL franchise in the final weeks of a failed season, John Fassel was given his first and only other chance as a head coach. It was decidedly less glamorous.

Rams-49ers rivalry could be the future of the NFC West | VC Star

While the Rams have been on their impressive run to the postseason, San Francisco has enjoyed a midseason transformation.

Rams, 49ers look ready to rule NFC West again | SF Gate

Before the Rams visited the 49ers in Week 3, the prime-time meeting was expected to be the latest of the NFL’s forgettable Thursday night offerings.

Mannion ready to show his stuff in first start | LA Times

Though he never started a regular-season game for the Rams, quarterback Sean Mannion spent nearly three full NFL seasons preparing as if he was going to do just that.

Phillips’ streak of first year turnarounds continues | OC Register

Wade Phillips has done it again. Hailed as a quick turnaround artist for the past three decades, Phillips has maintained his reputation during his first season as Rams defensive coordinator.

Like Mannion, Brown looks to take advantage of increased playing time | Ramblin Fan

With Todd Gurley resting, Malcolm Brown looks to take advantage of extra playing time in Week 17 for the Los Angeles Rams.

Rams activate Cody Davis from IR | Pro Football Talk

The Rams made it official Friday, activating safety Cody Davis from injured reserve and placing outside linebacker Matt Longacre on injured reserve.

Hyde aims for career best year, and he might get it against Rams’ D | Sacramento Bee

Running back Carlos Hyde will play the last game on his rookie contract. He’s already set a personal record for combined yards in a season and needs 139 rushing yards for a career-best in that category.

Gurley hits ridiculous speed on 80-yd touchdown vs. Titans | Ramblin Fan

Los Angeles Rams fans won’t believe the speed Todd Gurley hit during his 80-yard touchdown catch against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16.

Heading into Week 17, Watkins not what we though in Rams’ offense | Ramblin Fan

Los Angeles Rams fans have to wonder what the team got exactly when they acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins during the preseason. While the big home run threat never materialized, he’s mostly been a seldom used weapon.

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