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Random Ramsdom 1/2: The future is now, entering the playoffs

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With 10 days left until the Rams host the Divisional Round of the playoffs, it is a time for both reflection and preparation.

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Los Angeles Rams rookie Joseph Noteboom holds down the fort I Rams Official Site

When Andrew Whitworth left the field in the third quarter with an injury, the Rams’ season seemed to flash before their eyes, momentarily at least. However, rookie stand-in Joseph Noteboom did a nice job landing the ship in Whitworth’s absence, giving Rams fans hope for the future of the left tackle position. Despite Noteboom’s success, the Rams are currently feeling fortunate that Whitworth’s dinged knee doesn’t appear to be much of a concern for the playoffs.

McVay goes for it late in blowout, leaving Niners scratching their heads I SB Nation

Late in the fourth quarter there was an odd moment when head coach Sean McVay elected to go for it on a 4th and four situation, rather than taking the conventional path and punting the ball. Niners Nation speculates on what McVay’s possible motives could have been.

Rams assistants drawing interest around the league again I Rams Wire

As was the case last season when the Rams lost the services of quarterbacks coach Greg Olson and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, their coaching stable may get raided again as a number of head coaching positions have opened up following the conclusion of the regular season. See what assistants phones are blowing up this time…

Familiar foes lurk as possible playoff opponents for Rams I Rams Wire

Two of the Rams’ three potential opponents are teams the Rams have already faced. See how that familiarity might impact Sean McVay and the Rams as they prepare for the divisional round.

What were the best games of the 2018 regular season? I NFL.com

Adam Rank ranks the 10 best regular season games of the 2018 season, the Rams make a couple appearances. I might have considered adding the Rams week five victory in Seattle to the list, what do you think?

The Ringer staff hands out regular season awards I The Ringer

The Ringer staff cast their ballots for the best individual performances of the season. Mostly consensus picks here, but also a couple interesting picks that might make you raise an eyebrow.

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson casts postseason predictions I CBS Sports

Not a huge fan of these predictions, but to each their own!

NFL Playoff predictions courtesy of Sporting News I Sporting News

Time for playoff predictions! Here are some of them, courtesy of Sporting News and CBS Sports’ Will Brinson.