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Tyler Higbee, Khalil Mack listed as questionable for MNF

Tyler Higbee, Khalil Mack listed as questionable for MNF

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Robert Woods was limited on Saturday The LA Rams have listed tight end Tyler Higbee as Questionable for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. This despite the fact that Sean McVay said on Friday that he expects both Higbee and Darrell Henderson to play on Monday. No other player other than Higbee, including Henderson and Robert Woods, was given an injury designation by the team. Woods was added to the injury report as a Did Not Participate on Friday with a groin injury and then he participated on a limited basis on Saturday. Bears pass rusher...
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Rams-Bears: Saturday Fan Confidence Thread

Rams-Bears: Saturday Fan Confidence Thread

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports How confident are you feeling heading into Monday night? Do things change often enough in the NFL? Is there actual parity? Dating back to the New York Giants with Lawrence Taylor in 1986, 16 franchises have won the Super Bowl over the last 34 years. That leaves 16 current franchises in the dark since the Chicago Bears unforgettable 15-1 season with a near perfect defense that only allowed 10 points in three playoff games. But the Bears are among the teams that have struggled to consistently win or present themselves as a contender over the last three and...
Oct 23, 2020
5 Qs, 5 As with Windy City Gridiron

5 Qs, 5 As with Windy City Gridiron

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports A closer look at the Chicago Bears If there’s anyone who can help Jared Goff bounce back from an uneven performance in Week 6 to succeed against the Chicago Bears defense, Brandon Staley is at least a candidate. Staley coached Bears outside linebackers from 2017-2018 and worked with Khalil Mack, while getting a close look everyday at Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and others who remain on defense under head coach Matt Nagy. Staley is preparing his LA Rams defense to attempt to shutdown Chicago’s offense next...
Oct 22, 2020
Giants-Eagles TNF game thread

Giants-Eagles TNF game thread

Photo by Mike Stobe/ One ring to rule them all, one win to take the NFC East The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles each have one win and are also one win away from tying the Dallas Cowboys for the most in the division. They are playing on Thursday night, talk about it here!
Oct 22, 2020
How Rams defense could look different in the second half of the season

How Rams defense could look different in the second half of the season

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Quite a few names could be added back into the mix after the bye The LA Rams have done some positive things defensively through the first five games of the season, ranking fifth in points allowed, first in net yards per pass attempt allowed and fourth in passing yards allowed. But skeptics will point to the fact that the Rams have faced Daniel Jones, Alex Smith, Kyle Allen and Carson Wentz in half of their contests with Jimmy Garoppolo almost exclusively burying them at the line of scrimmage with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. In the two games before the bye...
Oct 22, 2020
Raiders-Bucs flexed out of Sunday Night Football 3 days before the game

Raiders-Bucs flexed out of Sunday Night Football 3 days before the game

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Seahawks-Cardinals will take its place The game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday has been flexed out of the NBC primetime slot and pushed into the 1:05 p.m. PT afternoon slot instead. The league noted that this move was “made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.” The Raiders are currently undergoing a number of situations related to COVID-19 with both right tackle Trent Brown and safety Jonathan Abrams sent home from practice on Wednesday, along with the...
Oct 22, 2020
6 numbers that define the Rams after 6 games via FooballOutsiders

6 numbers that define the Rams after 6 games via FooballOutsiders

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports All via FootballOutsiders The Los Angeles Rams are 4-2 and rank in ninth in DVOA over at FootballOutsiders, a fairly familiar spot because they were 12th last season. What is DVOA? It’s been thrown around quite often over the last few years especially but it’s probably too soon to assume it is common knowledge. Per FO: DVOA breaks down the entire season play-by-play, comparing success on each play to the league average based on a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality. That’s...
Oct 22, 2020
Cory Littleton struggling in first season away from Rams

Cory Littleton struggling in first season away from Rams

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Littleton’s transition may have been bad for two defenses, not one The LA Rams helped former undrafted free agent Cory Littleton go from unknown to a local star in relatively short order, but his first time as a regular for any defensive coordinator not named Wade Phillips has been a football-sized disaster. Littleton was outstanding for the last two seasons, averaging 84 solo tackles, 45 assists, four sacks, two interceptions, 11 batted passes and 7.5 tackles per year. He completed 257 tackles and only missed 15 opportunities, a rate of only...
Oct 22, 2020
NFL, NFLPA reviewing if Raiders violated COVID-19 protocols

NFL, NFLPA reviewing if Raiders violated COVID-19 protocols

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Trent Brown and Jonathan Abram could be deemed “high risk” Las Vegas Raiders right tackle Trent Brown returned to the team in Week 5 and played in all 70 offensive snaps of their 40-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders sent all five starting offensive linemen home on Wednesday as a precaution after Brown went on the NFL’s COVID reserve list earlier in the day. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL and NFL Players Association is reviewing Brown’s positive test and if he had been “consistently wearing his tracking device,”...
Oct 22, 2020
Raiders-Bucs: Previewing Tampa Bay’s offense

Raiders-Bucs: Previewing Tampa Bay’s offense

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports We know about Tom Brady, but has anyone heard of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski? In his first season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians seemingly did one thing right: the team was scoring again and unlike they ever had before. With a talented arm capable of doing anything, Jameis Winston helped the Bucs rank third in points scored in 2019, their highest such ranking in franchise history. In fact, 2000 was the last and only time that Tampa Bay even ranked in the top 10 in points and this is their 45th season as a...
Oct 22, 2020
Micah Kiser has cleaned up his missed tackles

Micah Kiser has cleaned up his missed tackles

Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/ He has been one of the most sure-handed players since Week 1 Rams linebacker Micah Kiser was indebted with seven missed tackles in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, a poor game by any measure and horrid if indicative of how he would continue to play in the future. Obviously if Kiser missed seven tackles per game, he wouldn’t be getting into any games. Thankfully, tackling has been anything but an issue for Kiser recently. If it was notable enough for me to write about it as a negative in Week 1, then it is only fair to follow up with Kiser four games later....
Oct 22, 2020
4 numbers that help define the Raiders season so far

4 numbers that help define the Raiders season so far

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports 2 for each side of the ball The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-2 and best of all, 1-0 in the division with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. They next take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and maybe the only number you’ll hear Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth parrot that night is “12.” Let’s enjoy some numbers that help define a bit about the Raiders on both offense and defense through their first five games. One Interception It’s not that unusual anymore for a quarterback to go through his team’s first five games and throw at least 100 pass attempts with...
Oct 22, 2020
Jared Goff had been super accurate prior to Week 6

Jared Goff had been super accurate prior to Week 6

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ Goff had been like a new QB in that regard prior to loss vs 49ers The LA Rams gave me a lot of interesting and positive data points over the first five games of the season. The loss to the San Francisco 49ers was no less interesting, but unfortunately there were not a lot of positives. In 2018, Jared Goff was credited with a “bad throw” on 17.5% of his attempts and his season-high was 11 bad throws in a game against the Detroit Lions. The Rams won that game but then Goff had nine bad throws in a loss to the Chicago Bears the following week and 10 bad...
Oct 21, 2020
Time is running out for Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Samson Ebukam

Time is running out for Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Samson Ebukam

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ There’s hope left for these players, but they won’t have much more time in LA to figure it out I don’t want to sound despondent when discussing the future of two 25 year old linebackers, but the time of greatest optimism for Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Samson Ebukam seems to be in the past. The LA Rams placed Okoronkwo on injured reserve on Tuesday with an elbow injury and expect him to miss 4-6 weeks. If he doesn’t return this year, Okoronkwo will have generated 2.5 sacks being drafted in 2018. This doesn’t sound all that surprising for a former fifth...
Oct 21, 2020
Rams expect A’Shawn Robinson to practice this week

Rams expect A’Shawn Robinson to practice this week

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports It’s been a long road to get one of their top free agent signings onto the field The LA Rams have yet to see the player who could have been their best free agent signing of the year, but that might change soon. According to Rams reporter J.B. Long, head coach Sean McVay says that defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson will join the team in practice this week and that he hopes Robinson will be able to play “in the next couple weeks.” The Rams play the Chicago Bears next Monday night and then travel to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 8 before they head into...

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