The Rams are going to start backups at cornerback
The depth of the Los Angeles Rams secondary has been pretty good, especially at CB. And now it’s time to reap those rewards with both CB Aqib Talib and CB Marcus Peters out for several weeks. So, think CB Sam Shields and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman with a lot of Troy Hill. TST’s very own Sosa is not a fan of the latter.
It's time for Nickell Robey-Coleman, Sam Shields, and Troy Hill (ugh) to step up. Might even re-sign someone like Dominique Hatfield.— Sosa (@QBsMVP) September 24, 2018
And in more terrible news, CB Aqib Talib’s ankle is going to get some work done:
#Rams coach Sean McVay tells reporters says that CB Aqib Talib will have ankle surgery on Thursday. The timetable on his return will be determined following suegery.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2018
Rams/Chiefs comparisons are the hot topic this week
The NFL Network is running this narrative that these are the two most exciting teams in the NFL all week and it makes sense. Both offenses are high scoring and they’ll be playing in a Monday Night Football game in Mexico City in November, so it’s smart to hype this rivalry up. But let’s be fair, the Rams have a much better defense, even with the injuries.
The hype on the Rams’ offense heats up
Rams Wire ran a piece that emphatically declared that QB Jared Goff has now become the franchise quarterback of the Rams. For what it’s worth, Goff has the pressure removed from his back once again and he can just focus on throwing strikes to Cooks, Woods, and Kupp (the receivers, not the law firm).
With every one of these games, it becomes increasingly evident what Les Snead and the rest of the Rams contingent saw in Jared Goff.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) September 24, 2018
The Rams’ defense is ranked 27th vs. the run
As the Rams find themselves at the top of most of the Power Rankings, ESPN made the point that their run defense is not getting it done so far.
This could be more about questions with the inside linebacker position (the injury of Mark Barron, anyone?) It would be very surprising if the Rams’ run defense continued to struggle with with the talent they have on the roster. And Barron is coming back soon, right?
The Rams really want fans to fill the stadium on Thursday night
Coach McVay is special, we know this. But it became even more clear when he signed his name to a full page ad that was printed in the LA Times this week, pleading with employers to allow their workers to leave early in order to attend the primetime game vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. C’mon! McBae is the best.
Ok, those are the storylines for now. Thursday night can’t arrive soon enough.