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Random Ramsdom, 9/21: Injury woes for the Browns could lead to an offensive breakout for the Rams

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Los Angeles Rams headlines for Saturday, Sept. 21

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Why the Rams offense will break out against the Browns | Rams’ official site

This is the week the Rams offense comes alive.

Not that 28.5 points per game isn’t a respectable average. By the Sean McVay standard, it just feels, well… average.

Two of NFL’s most productive offenses collide on Sunday Night Football | Rams’ official site

To get you ready for the contest, theRams.com compiled a quick preview featuring players to watch, keys to victory for the Rams and what to watch for on offense and defense for both Los Angeles and Cleveland.

(WATCH) Frelund offers projections for Rams-Browns in Week 3 | Yahoo! Sports

NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund offers projections for Browns-Rams in Week 3.

Rams-Browns: Keys to victory, prediction, how to watch | CBS Sports

This week’s edition of Sunday Night Football features two teams that came into the year with sky-high expectations, but have fallen somewhat short of them thus far. The Cleveland Browns have looked nothing like the high-flying group many expected them to be, while the Los Angeles Rams have gotten off to a 2-0 start, but in a less-than-convincing fashion.

Note to Odell Beckham Jr.: No divas in the Rams’ receiving room | ESPN

There have been no trade demands and no personal hype videos. Los Angeles Rams receivers haven’t worn any flashy watches on game days and they have not broken out a choreographed dance in the end zone.

Rams without Higbee; Donald questionable | ESPN

The Los Angeles Rams on Friday officially ruled out tight end Tyler Higbee and listed defensive tackle Aaron Donald and right guard Austin Blythe as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

McVay: Aaron Donald is playing | Pro Football Talk

So much for Aaron Donald being questionable on the Rams’ status report. Rams coach Sean McVay laughed when asked whether the defensive tackle would play Sunday against the Browns.

Injury report: Browns rules out three starters, many more questionable | Browns’ official site

The Browns will be without key players on both sides of the ball for Sunday night’s game against the Rams.

Browns could be missing six defensive starters in showdown with Rams | Boston Globe

The Cleveland Browns could be without six defensive starters, including their entire secondary, when they host the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.

Matchup to watch: Browns DB’s vs. Rams WR’s | Browns official site

The Los Angeles Rams are one of the NFL’s leading offenses in both statistics and imagination. Wunderkind head coach Sean McVay captivated the nation early in his tenure with the Rams and has only built upon it with his ambitious offensive schemes. He might get a bit of a break thanks to the Browns’ health issues, something he already didn’t need to begin with.

Scouting the opponent: Q&A with Turf Show Times | Dawgs by Nature

DBN asks our very own 3k about the Rams’ run defense, the play of rookie safety Taylor Rapp, Todd Gurley’s utilization, and more.

What it’s like playing for Sean McVay (from a Browns’ player) | Cleveland dot com

KhaDarel Hodge couldn’t have asked for a better situation to start his NFL career, at least considering the path he had to take as an undrafted free agent. He signed with the Rams in July 2018 and then spent time on their practice squad before getting the call-up to the active roster in mid-September.

What does the Rams defense do well and how can Cleveland beat it? | Cleveland dot com

Sunday night, Wade Phillips and the Rams face a Cleveland Browns offense led by first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens and Baker Mayfield, who will make his 17th career start.

Kupp, Gurley well-armed for stiff competition with tacklers | LA Times

It began as a typical Cooper Kupp reception.

In last week’s victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Rams’ slot receiver lined up on the left side, and then broke toward the middle of the field, catching a pass from quarterback Jared Goff at the 40-yard line. Kupp ran with the ball for 10 yards — and then things got interesting.

Rams good enough where Antonio Brown doesn’t need to be considered | Ramblin Fan

Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams clearly don’t need Antonio Brown when looking at their current set of wide receivers.

NFL QB kryptonite: The biggest weakness for all 32 starters | Pro Football Focus

Even the best quarterbacks have problem areas. No signal-caller is perfect. And thanks to advanced PFF data, they are able to identify those areas in need of improvement.

Utilizing the PFF play-by-play grading and everything else at our disposal from our ball-charting and QB accuracy numbers, they’ve identified the biggest weakness for every starting quarterback across the NFL.