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Random Ramsdom: Rams receive ‘B+’ in solid outing against Arizona

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For their performance in a 38-28 win over the Cardinals, CBS Sports’ John Breech awarded the Rams a strong “B+”.

Things didn’t start pretty, but good teams know how to roll with the punches and respond accordingly. The Rams are still showing all the signs of a team who is built for the long game and that’s a lot more than what can be said for the majority of the league.

“After a slow start, the Rams’ passing game had their way against the Cardinals’ secondary during the game’s final three quarters,” says Breech. “Jared Goff completed 10 passes to Robert Woods, eight to Cooper Kupp and six to Gerald Everett. The Rams offense also got just enough production from their running game, as Los Angeles rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. The Rams defense, led by linebacker Troy Reeder (10 tackles), safety John Johnson (nine tackles), Aaron Donald (one sack and a tackle for loss) and Troy Hill (a 35-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter), held the Cardinals to just 18 first downs and 232 total yards. While they did have a fumble on special teams, the Rams offense did not commit a turnover after coughing it up four times in last week’s loss to the 49ers. The Rams’ missed field goal just before halftime, as well as their two fourth-down misses in the first half, prevented them from receiving a higher grade.”

The Rams are now 8-4 with a Thursday night matchup against the Patriots up next. After that, the winless Jets come to town before the season ends with games against the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Now for today’s links.

Rams News:

The Rams open as six-point favorites over the Patriots (The Rams Wire)

Bret Stuter recaps the Rams win over the Cardinals (Ramblin’ Fan)

Check out highlights from Goff’s stellar performance against the Cards (TheRams.com)

Listen to Sean McVay hand out game balls following Sunday’s win (TheRams.com)

NFL News:

The Jets called a terrible blitz on a Hail Mary by the Raiders (ESPN)

Philadelphia benched Carson Wentz for Jalen Hurts (ESPN)

John Breech hands out letter grades for each team’s performance on Sunday (CBS Sports)

Check out the latest playoff picture (CBS Sports)

The Chiefs clinched a playoff spot after their win over the Broncos (Pro Football Talk)

The Dolphins and Bengals threw hands on Sunday (NFL.com)