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Random Ramsdom, 1/19: Championship weekend news and notes for the LA Rams

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Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

LA Times columnist: Rams will ‘knock the Saints more senseless than a frat boy on Bourbon Street’ | New Orleans Advocate

One columnist is already booking the Los Angeles Rams’ ticket the Super Bowl.

In a column Thursday, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times listed five reasons why he’s picking the Rams over the New Orleans Saints, which would put an LA team in the Super Bowl for the first time in 35 years.

Rams will beat the Saints to reach the Super Bowl - 5 reasons why | LA Times

You could see it last Saturday night at the Coliseum, where dozens of blue stars lay flattened on the muddy turf. The Rams didn’t just beat the Dallas Cowboys. They ran them into the ground.

Pricey Rams’ defense has to vanquish Saints’ to reinforce worth | USA Today

This was the purpose of all the wheeling, dealing and splash headlines: Super Bowl or bust. Now the Los Angeles Rams are 60 minutes away from that stage.

Can Whitworth win his fifth championship inside the Superdome? | Nola dot com

Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth won three state championships with West Monroe and one national title with LSU inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints and Rams play Sunday for the NFC title.

Whitworth is accustomed to celebrating in Saints’ dome | OC Register

There’s gray in the beard now, but little else has changed. It’s Andrew Whitworth, it’s the Superdome and it’s a big game. That combination usually works well for the behemoth from the bayou.

“I have a historic history there,” Whitworth said this week, and yes, that is the best way to put it.

Mutual respect among Gurley, Anderson key to their budding partnership | Rams’ official site

Todd Gurley is the Rams’ feature back. There’s no doubt about that. Even after C.J. Anderson has come in and averaged 140 yards in his three games as a Ram — including 123 last week in the Divisional-round victory over the Cowboys — nobody is questioning Gurley’s status as the top dawg on Los Angeles’ offense.

Anderson is as surprised at his relevance as you are | ESPN

When C.J. Anderson begins to run, when he has his short and fat (his words, not mine) body headed toward the line of scrimmage, you’d be forgiven if you were momentarily alarmed by the idea that he intends to disappear.

Anderson: “I’m the freshest running back” in the NFL | CBS Sports

You may have noticed over the last few weeks that C.J. Anderson is absolutely running roughshod over NFL defenses.

Rams return to New Orleans with weapon Saints didn’t see in first matchup | LA Times

The rotation began seven plays into the Rams’ divisional-round playoff victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Star running back Todd Gurley, on the field for the first time in nearly a month, had carried the ball four times when backup C.J. Anderson came off the sideline and carried three times before an eventual field goal. The rotation continued throughout the game.

(WATCH) Cooks on NFC Championship game: “Trust the process” | Yahoo! Sports

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks joins “NFL Total Access” to talk about the team’s NFC Championship matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Kromer has the Rams’ O-line surging at precisely the right time | OC Register

His emphasis on communication has helped the unit pave the way to success

Goff could become the youngest QB to win NFC Championship | OC Register

History is not on his side as Goff, 24, meets Saints counterpart Drew Brees

Saints’ Klein on Rams: “We knew we’d see them again” | NFL Network

Week 9’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams provided an unofficial preview of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

Saints sank Rams’ perfect record. Now Rams seek ultimate revenge | USA Today

Bring on the gumbo.

Sean McVay is taking his team back to the Big (Not So) Easy for the NFC title game, which is just the way it should be for the Los Angeles Rams in trying to earn a ticket to Super Bowl LIII.

NFC Championship game odds, line | CBS Sports

Ten years ago, the New Orleans Saints hosted the NFC Championship and went on to win the Super Bowl. They will look for a repeat performance Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET against a Los Angeles Rams club that spent the bulk of the season as the Super Bowl betting favorite.

Barron feels super about playing NFC Championship game in New Orleans | LA Times

While playing in college for Alabama, Rams linebacker Mark Barron won a Bowl Championship Series title at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Keys to the AFC and NFC Championship games | The Ringer

Brady, Mahomes, Brees, and Goff—it’s easy to focus on the names of the quarterbacks playing for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. But the most important matchups happening Sunday are the chess matches happening between the men on the sidelines.

8 bold predictions for AFC and NFC Championship games | CBS Sports

Will Tom Brady’s road struggles continue in the playoffs? Here are eight bold predictions for Sunday

NFC Championship tale of the tape | SB Nation

The first time around, the Saints slowed Todd Gurley a lot better than the Rams slowed Michael Thomas — but a lot has changed since early-November.

Goff learns from one of the best | Press Herald

Rams QB Jared Goff spent time with Saints QB Drew Brees during last year’s Pro Bowl and picked up a few pointers.