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A rivalry renewed...

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images

Time to close out the road trip.

The Los Angeles Rams are taking on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 today to end a three-game road swing. To this point, it’s been tough but successful in a Week 5 win over the Seattle Seahawks and a Week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Today’s contest looks more uneven than the past two on paper especially with CB Richard Sherman inactive, but it’s the Rams-Niners rivalry. It means more. Always does.

Consider last year.

An ascendant Rams team barely (and man alive do I ever mean barely) held off a willing San Francisco side quarterbacked by Brian Hoyer on Thursday Night Football, 41-39. And yes, the strange setting of Week 17 allowed the Niners’ starters to predictably beat the Rams’ backups.

Now? It’s an opportunity for a statement. The Niners are hobbled. The Rams are atop the NFL.

It’s time to rekindle the spark of this rivalry...