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Random Ramsdom: Are you expecting LA to beat the Browns this weekend?

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 12/1/23

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Hey thanks for stopping by! Let’s get to it. Do you expect the Los Angeles Rams to beat the Cleveland Browns this weekend? I am going to say: Yes. The Browns are injury depleted, and the team might be hitting a rough patch at the wrong time, whereas LA is fairly healthy and might actually be getting hot at the right time.

Now will the Rams win? I thought LA was going to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Sean McVay and the squad lost both games. Both the Bengals and Steelers had struggling offenses when the played the Rams but still did enough to win. Can’t you see the Browns doing just enough too? Can’t you see the Browns defense crushing the Rams offense? I can.

Either way. I am expecting the Rams to win. I must be a glutten for punishment.

Thanks for being here! Please comment on whatever you’d like and have a great Friday!

Rams look to continue unexpected playoff push, hosting injury-depleted Browns (news.yahoo.com)

“BROWNS PLAYER TO WATCH: DE Myles Garrett played much of last week’s game after re-injuring his left shoulder, which was initially hurt in a single-car crash last year. Garrett is the Browns’ most indispensable player and leader of Cleveland’s top-ranked defense. He has 13 sacks and because he’s often double-teamed, Garrett’s very presence creates opportunities for others to make plays.

RAMS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Kyren Williams returned from a four-game absence because of an ankle injury with a dominant showing against the Cardinals. He ran for 143 yards and caught two touchdown passes, supercharging an offense that hadn’t scored more than 20 points in a game while Williams was out.”

How the Browns defense matches up against the Rams offense (clevelandbrowns)

“They run a bunch of motions, run a bunch of stacks and a bunch of stuff offense that features the pads very heavy, so they probably have a lot of stuff to do,” CB Greg Newsome II said. “But it’s just keeping our eyes and just communication. That’s the first thing, communication and execution. So as long as we communicate, we’ll be fine.”

Looking forward to the Rams, a team that has won two straight games and its offense has found its groove at the right time. It starts with QB Matthew Stafford, who had his best game of the season against the Cardinals last week. Stafford threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns and finished with his personal best passer rating of the season with 121.1. Even though the Rams are 5-6 on the season, they have many talented players on the offensive side.”

Browns OC trusts ‘elite’ arm of QB Joe Flacco ready for Rams (deadspin.com)

“Head coach Kevin Stefanski downplayed the loose wires involved in creating a gameplan for quarterbacks with diametrically opposed styles. Thompson-Robinson is a scrambling speedster with the athleticism of a wide receiver. Flacco is more of a throw-it-through-a-wall kind of quarterback in the mold of traditional pocket passers.

“Big, strong arm,” Stefanski said. “Obviously, he can make every throw, but he’s done a very nice job in the meeting room, getting to know his teammates, getting to know the assistants. He’s done a nice job.”

The Browns, practicing at UCLA this week, will know more by the end of the day when testing concludes for Thompson-Robinson.”

How the Rams prove the Browns’ contention window might not be as wide as you think — Jimmy Watkins (cleveland.com)

“Entering Sunday’s game against the Browns, L.A.’s offense ranks 12th in expected points added (EPA) per play and 16th in points per game. L.A.’s defense ranks 17th in yards per play allowed and 14th in opponent success rate. In other words, the 5-6 Rams have become an average football team just 22 months after proving their place as the NFL’s best.

Consider these numbers a cautionary tale for the Browns, who enter this week with a 7-4 record and ample hope for the future. Sure, Cleveland’s title hopes this season have been derailed by Deshaun Watson’s shoulder injury, Nick Chubb’s knee injury and, potentially, Myles Garrett’s shoulder injury. But Cleveland’s 7-3 start looked like a contender’s proof of concept. Its roster will remain stocked with talent.”