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Random Ramsdom 8/31: Are you ready for some (real) football?

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After an atrocious preseason finale, the Rams prepare for cutdown day as Week 1 approaches

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Five Takeaways: Rams Finish 2018 Preseason 2-2 | Rams Official

The only takeaway from this one is: burn the tape. Myles Simmons looks for the silver lining in the Rams’ meaningless, but embarrassing, final tune-up.

The Lookaround: The State of the LA Rams | Field Gulls

SB Nation colleague Kenneth Arthur with a solid, if Seahawk-centric look at the Rams by way of the Pacific Northwest (featuring guest commentary by our very own 3k).

LA Rams to play preseason game in Hawaii | Star Advertiser

If you’re looking for good excuse to spend a week in Hawaii, look no further. The Rams will likely suit up in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium in 2019. Although, judging by the lack of star power in this year’s exhibition games, be sure to pack the golf clubs.

Player of the Game: Rams LB Micah Kiser racks up 12 tackles | RamsWire

In the “lone bright spot” column, the Rams have themselves a run-stuffing LB in Micah Kiser. His coverage skills remain a question mark, but given the shortcomings of last year’s unit against the run, it’s a welcome sight to see some good old-fashioned tackling.

Rams among favorites to finish with best record in NFL | RamsWire

According to sports handicap site OddsShark, the Rams are in the top 5 teams Vegas predicts to finish the regular season with league’s best mark. No presh.

Is Aaron Donald deal already done? | NBC Sports

You’ve seen the Captain Obvious commercials, right? Brilliant. Apparently, NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has not only seen them, but is channeling the astute charmer from the popular ad campaign. Yeah, we’re about to pay the man, as the Whitworth and Woods restructures connote.

LA Rams adjust to Super Bowl aspirations | USA Today

It’s a worthwhile topic. The Rams are facing big expectations for the first time in 10+ years. We’re loaded, confident, and relatively healthy heading into week 1. But we sure won’t surprise anyone in 2018.

Rams should explore RG3 trade | FanSided

Yes, Sean Mannion has been bad to atrocious, depending on who you ask. Give him a first-string O-line and some weapons and maybe he’s not quite as awful as he’s looked. Would RG3 fare better if he’s released by the Ravens? It’s worth some though, or in this case, an article.

Rams top Super Bowl LIII Predictions | NFL.com

With 5 votes from the pundits over at NFL.com, the Rams are tied with New Orleans as favorites to reach the Super Bowl. Yes, tied with the same team whose 2s, 3s and 4s just ran roughshod over our soon-to-be grocery baggers. That game was meaningless, right? A bunch of guys we’ll cut against a bunch of guys they’ll cut. Still, something tells me it meant something to Saints’ HC Sean Payton.