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Rams News: LA’s team leaders may need to carry more weight again in Week 15

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 12/16/21

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The Los Angeles Rams are in the midst of a battle for the NFC West and a battle with Covid related unavailabilities. But the Week 15 match against the division rival Seattle Seahawks is still on and while the Rams are in intensive Covid protocols doing remote meetings, they will again be relying on their key players to step up like they did in their win against the Arizona Cardinals. Here are three tweets regarding those key players that should be encouraging as long as these three are available to line up against the Seahawks.

Matthew Stafford played one of his best games against the team with the best record in the National Football League in the Week 14 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. According to PFF Stafford has the highest passer rating when blitzed.

Cooper Kupp is the best receiver in the league by every major statistical category. NBC’s tweet points out that when it comes to total receiving yards, Kupp is the best and it’s not even close.

Aaron Donald is the best player in the league. According to PFF he remains the highest graded defensive player, ranked first in run defense grade, top three in pass rush and pressure, and tied for fifth in sacks.

The Rams currently have 16 players on the Covid reserve list but the key players listed above are not on that list. The NFL rule makers have been reviewing protocols in relation to player availability but it seems that as long as the above listed key players are available and the Rams are otherwise able to field a competitive team, The rams should remain the favorites this week and on track for their tenth win.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

New SoFi Stadium COVID-19 testing policies to take effect for Rams vs. Seahawks (Rams.com)

Aaron Donald named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14 (Rams.com)

Rams injury report: Aaron Donald (knee) and Brian Allen (knee) listed as DNP (RamsWire)

Baldy’s Breakdowns: LA Rams Aaron Donald dominates Cardinals (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

Urban Meyer fired as Jaguars head coach after 2-11 start to first season (NFL.com)

NFL reexamining COVID-19 protocols after sudden wave of positive cases late in 2021 season (NFL.com)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell - Owner Dan Snyder didn’t hinder investigation of Washington Football Team (ESPN)

Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins expected to miss rest of regular season with knee sprain (ESPN)