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Random Ramsdom 12/28: All about Aaron

All the hot links heading into the Los Angeles Rams’ regular season finale

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Quotes & Notes 12/27: Donald on Breaking Sack Records: “I had to toughen up a little bit to not shed those tears.” | Rams Official

A few tidbits from the Rams official site — including a detailed description of Aaron Donald’s salty salty tears. Tears of joy that will sprinkle down onto San Francisco QB Nick Mullens’ face as Donald breaks the single-season sack record.

Vegas odds for Aaron Donald setting sack record released | 247 Sports

If I was a betting man (and I am), I’d have to plunk a few down on AD’s pursuit of infamy. He had 4 bags last time out against the Niners, who have injury concerns along the OL, at RB, and at WR.

Todd Gurley injury up date: Rams RB (knee) initially hurt after season opener | Sporting News

So you’re telling me he’d have 30 TDs if he was 100%? Suppose this could explain some of Gurley’s usage this season. Hopefully after a few weeks off he’ll be fresh for the dance.

Week 17 stakes are very high for the Rams | Pro Football Talk

Truth. Win, we get a bye week and a home game. Lose, and we’re probably playing the suddenly hot Eagles at home and then possibly traveling to Chicago.

Sean McVay, Rams learned tough lesson in 2017 regular-season finale vs. 49ers | NBC Sports Bay Area

I don’t know if it was resting our starters that bit us last year, but we certainly weren’t sharp in the first half of that playoff game against the Falcons. Similarly, we were lackluster coming off our bye week this regular season. Somehow, Sean McVay has to find a way to keep his troops honed after rest.

Jared Goff needs to match first performance against 49ers for Rams during Week 17 | FanSided

I actually couldn’t agree less with this take. I’d much rather see a repeat of last week offensively for the Rams, with a strong running game and Goff as game manager with bells and whistles.

Aaron Donald’s ‘thank you’ to Rams has included pursuit of NFL’s sack record | Press Enterprise

No, thank YOU Aaron Donald. It’s less about the record than the Rams outrageous won/loss splits when Donald has a sack or when he doesn’t. Hopefully, he gets 3.5 more on Sunday.

Rams revved up for rival 49ers with bye hanging in balance | National Football Post

With a victory, the Rams reap a huge reward (and one they’ve earned). Good to read that they’re treating this game with the proper respect.

Rams plan to use C.J. Anderson even if Todd Gurley is healthy | 247 Sports

I’m a big believer in the “CJ Anderson will win us the Super Bowl” theory. What’s that theory? Not that he’s going to somehow supplant JTG as our lead back, but that his strong showing last week in a run-heavy attack opened McVay’s eyes to how dominant his team can be with a more balanced attack. Plus, CJ looked NICE in short yardage.

Opposing View: 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan on Donald Approaching Sack Record, Goff’s Ups and Downs | Rams Official

No startling revelations here: Aaron Donald is good at football, Jared Goff is human and still developing, etc. Always interesting to hear it from the opposing HC’s mouth, though.

Rams given 2nd-best Super Bowl odds heading into Week 17 | RamsWire

We’ll take it.

Jared Goff says Rams are treating Week 17 ‘like a playoff game’ | RamsWire

As mentioned earlier, the important of this contest is not lost on the Los Angeles Rams. That bye week is mission critical, and it would be a shocker to see them hand it to Chicago.