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Random Ramsdom, 10/19by Brandon Bate on October 19, 2019 at 10:59 am
Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Los Angeles Rams headlines for Saturday, Oct. 19 Ramsey practices, projected to play vs. Falcons | ESPN Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said Friday that he anticipates cornerback Jalen Ramsey and running back Todd Gurley to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Rams’ Gurley looks set to play against Falcons | Los Angeles Times It remains to be seen whether new Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but all signs point to star running back Todd Gurley returning to the lineup. Todd participated in a limited fashion today, we’re optimistic that he’s going to be able to go. Jalen did a nice job and we’re working through figuring out exactly what that looks like, but we’re anticipating him playing as well. - Sean McVay on Friday Falcons’ Trufant out for Rams game in Week 7 | Atlanta Journal-Constituation The Falcons’ pass defense will be without its No. 1 cornerback Desmond Trufant when they face the Rams at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes Benz. Inside the Jalen Ramsey trade | Sports Illustrated Los Angeles landed yet another big-ticket player in exchange for first-round draft picks. How did the deal go down? Rams GM Les Snead breaks down the trade. Two 1st round picks and a 4th round pick is an offer hard to refuse | Pro Football Talk It’s easy to say that a player won’t be traded. It’s much harder to say “no” to a major trade offer. Game preview: Rams, Falcons look to end lengthy skids | Rams’ official site Both teams are looking to snap extended losing streaks, as the Rams are in the middle of a 3-game skid compared to a 4-game stretch for the Falcons. How the Falcons will beat the Rams | Falcons’ official site AtlantaFalcons dot com writers weigh in and what the Falcons will need to do in order to earn their second win of the season. Young returns to his “backyard” after trade from Ravens to Rams | Rams’ official site New Rams LB Kenny Young is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, though he could almost count Los Angeles as a second home. Ramsey likes Rams’ culture | Rams’ official site The Rams are no stranger to acquiring big names and welcoming unique personalities into their locker room near the trade deadline, and this week was no exception. McVay says Falcons record is really misleading | Falcons’ official site It was not long ago that the Falcons traveled to Los Angeles for a wildcard playoff matchup against the Rams, leaving with a well-earned 26-13. A lot has changed since then, however, and the Rams (3-3) now come to Atlanta for a game against the Falcons (1-5) that both teams need to win. McVay, Snead commend Peters for “unbelievable” response to trade | Rams Wire For the second time in just over a year, Marcus Peters has to pack up his bags and move to a new city to play for a new team. The Los Angeles Rams traded him to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, making this his third team in three seasons. Henderson’s role could grow in Week 7 with Rams’ RB’s banged up | Rams Wire Without Todd Gurley available last week, the Los Angeles Rams leaned on Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. It led to a somewhat successful day on the ground, but the running back situation heading into Sunday’s game against the Falcons is looking murky. 3 biggest causes for concern for the Rams vs. Falcons | Rams Wire After facing the 49ers and Seahawks in the last two weeks, the Rams catch somewhat of a break in Week 7. They’ll take on the 1-5 Atlanta Falcons on the road this weekend, which might seem like an easy matchup but is hardly that. 5 trade targets for the Rams prior to the deadline | NFL Mocks The Los Angeles Rams currently sit at 3-3, with seriously concerning losses to inferior opposition. What acquisitions can be made to change the tides? 5 concerns still surrounding the Rams after the Ramsey trade | Ramblin Fan Despite the excitement surrounding the Jalen Ramsey trade, there are still concerns surrounding the Los Angeles Rams. NFL defense rankings through Week 6 | Pro Football Focus Using expected pointed added (EPA — the expected number of points the offense should expect to score on the next scoring play given the down, distance and field position), we present to you the ranking of all 32 defenses by EPA allowed per play through Week 6. Ryan poised to make history against Rams on Sunday | Pop Culture Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a chance to do something no other NFL player has done in history when the team takes on the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday.
Rams-Falcons: Bold Predictionsby Sean Wilkinson on October 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images It’s been a tough month for Los Angeles Rams fans. The real Jared Goff shows up No, I’m not talking about the Goff that throws for 500+ yards.No, I’m not talking about the Goff that throws for 78 yards I’m talking about the Goff that has averaged roughly 275 yards per game and had 60 TDs to 19 INTs in his first two seasons under McVay. Goff will commit ZERO turnovers and throw for two touchdowns with a pedestrian box score, but lead the Rams to victory. The Rams defense forces FOUR turnovers This is all about kicking the Falcons when they’re down. Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been prone to turnovers in the past, and Aaron Donald will terrorize him all day. Bonus: Donald and newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey will account for at least two of the Falcons turnovers. All three phases score John Fassel’s special teams units have often been a spark for the Rams in recent years. I think they find a way to score a TD early in the game. Whether it is in the form of a patented Johnny Hekker fake punt or a return TD by JoJo Natson..... I think they score on Sunday.
Five Rams to watchby Sean Wilkinson on October 18, 2019 at 10:39 pm
Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images Injuries drive this list, but there’s a hint of excitement to be had this week - and not just because of the flashy acquisition of Jalen Ramsey Between injuries and trades, the Los Angeles Rams team that takes the field this weekend will look completely different than the one that was fielded just a short few weeks ago. This was the Rams' starting defense less than three weeks ago. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/eUwwki7ZLD— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) October 16, 2019 That’s a rough pill to swallow as Rams fans. Our favorite team has been blessed with incredible health the last few years, but 2019 has not been so kind. The injuries have had a drastic impact on Sean McVay’s normally potent offense. With sub-par play along the offensive line, the offense has struggled mightily over the Rams three game losing streak. The combination of injuries and poor performance made selecting most of these players simple. Jared Goff Goff’s struggles have only increased the scrutiny around him. Many still question his extension. We all (rightfully) question his ability to perform when under duress. How Goff responds to his worst game as a professional will tell us a lot about his composure and ability to lead a team out of a rut. David Edwards The rookie out of Wisconsin will get his first NFL start on Sunday after Joseph Noteboom was lost for the season with a torn ACL. The 2019 5th round pick is quick on his feet and should be able to reach the second level when asked, but at this point I’m just hoping he’s not another Jamil Demby. Taylor Rapp Rapp will take over for the (also) injured John Johnson III. He has already seen a bit of action this season and has compiled 26 tackles and a pair of passes defensed. He will have big shoes to fill as Johnson has played at a Pro Bowl level for Wade Phillips, and will likely look to veteran Eric Weddle to help him through his first start. Troy Hill Speaking of injuries..... Hill will fill in for Aqib Talib as the latter hit the injured reserve list this week with a rib injury. He was somewhat of an enigma with Rams fans early in his career, but has developed into a solid corner over the course of the past year. Nonetheless, there is a difference between being the 4th or 5th CB on the depth chart and starting. Let’s see how he responds now that the security blanket is gone. Jalen Ramsey I deliberately saved Ramsey for last. He is one of the best CBs in the game and the Rams just delivered an armored truck’s worth of draft capital to the Jacksonville Jaguars to acquire him. This move terrifies me because the Rams gave up so much for him. It’s hard to justify the transaction given how top-heavy the Rams roster is, but it will still be fun to watch him in horns.
Rams-Falcons injury report clears Gurley, Ramseyby 3k on October 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley prior to a Week 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks, Oct. 3, 2019. | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images LB Clay Matthews is out while RB2 Malcolm Brown is listed as doubtful. The Los Angeles Rams are headed to ATL to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. They’re doing so with their star running back and newest cornerback per the injury report: RB Todd Gurley and CB Jalen Ramsey are both good to go, but backup RB Malcolm Brown is doubtful so he’s unlikely to play. And who knows what balance Head Coach Sean McVay will strike (a) in terms of the run/pass disparity and (b) to share the burden between Gurley and rookie RB Darrell Henderson, Jr. As for the Falcons, they got good news across the board except for one very crucial corner: Over at the Falcoholic, the SB Nation community for fans of the Falcons, they had this to say about missing CB Desmond Trufant (spelling error on the injury report aside): The Falcons defense is bad. Very bad. Indescribably bad. It will now be missing one of their top defenders against the Los Angeles Rams and their inconsistent but lethal offense. It was suggested the Falcons would move Isaiah Oliver out of the starting lineup after Trufant returned. That is not happening so the struggling Oliver will start across from rookie Kendall Sheffield. The Rams have arguably one of the top wide receiver trios in the NFL with Connor Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks, forcing teams to produce three quality defensive backs to try to keep them in check. With Damontae Kazee still struggling at nickel, this has the makings of a disaster. That’s right, another disaster. Trufant may have had a few bad plays but has still been the best player in the secondary this season. His loss will be huge. Atlanta’s best hope is to pressure Jared Goff or else he could become the third player to win the Offensive Player of the Week against the Falcons defense in as many weeks. If you have any of the Rams pass catchers in fantasy football, I’d strongly recommend you starting them regardless of your other options. Inactives will be out roughly an hour prior to kickoff.
Rams-Falcons: Matchups to watchby Sosa Kremenjas on October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images Could the L.A. Rams’ mercurial superstar addition at corner suit up? If so, all eyes will be on that matchup. The Los Angeles Rams will oppose the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, providing them a premier opportunity to end a three-game losing streak. The Rams will look to get back on track, prior to beginning a stretch of three straight road games, returning back home in Week 11. Week 7 poses an absolutely vital game for the Rams, because they’re already multiple games back from the NFC West divisional lead. Let’s jump into the matchups to watch: Rams’ secondary versus Falcon’s receivers The Falcons boast one of the best trio of receivers in the league in Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and slot receiver Mohamed Sanu. The Rams’ secondary is in a major transitional phase as the starting unit will only return ONE player who started just two weeks ago. Marqui Christian will line up at safety with Eric Weddle, and Troy Hill will make his second start at cornerback, alongside Nickell Robey-Coleman and potentially the newly added Jalen Ramsey. If Ramsey plays, he’s likely to travel with Jones, providing one of the most exciting matchups you’ll see in 2019. The Falcons’ passing attack is 2nd in the league in passing yards per game with 317.8. QB Jared Goff versus Falcons’ secondary Conversely, the Falcons’ secondary is terrible, allowing 271.8 passing yards per game, which is good for 28th in the league. The unit will be missing cornerback Desmond Trufant, leaving the struggling unit shorthanded. Jared Goff has struggled in 2019, particularly in Week 6, but this defense gives Goff the perfect opportunity to rebound after putting together a historically bad game. OG’s David Edwards/Austin Blythe versus DT Grady Jarrett Rookie fifth-round pick David Edwards will draw his first NFL start (or game action for that matter) at left guard. Austin Blythe continues to struggle at right guard, giving Grady Jarrett every reason to lick his chops. Jarrett is one of the best defensive tackles in the league, but he hasn’t registered a sack since Week 2. The interior trio for the Rams are sure to have their hands full. WR’s Robert Woods/Cooper Kupp versus CB Isaiah Oliver/S Damontae Kazee Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are the two most productive receivers on the Rams’ roster, and they get a dream matchup opposing Isaiah Oliver and Damontae Kazee (nickel). Oliver becomes the Falcons’ #1 cornerback with Trufant ruled out, displaying just how weak they are at the cornerback position. Woods and Kupp have every opportunity to run freely all afternoon, giving Goff many options to target. S Taylor Rapp versus TE Austin Hooper Austin Hooper is off to an incredible season as he leads all tight ends in receptions and is second to only Travis Kelce in yards. The Rams will likely have multiple guys rotate in coverage, though Taylor Rapp should receive majority of the coverage on Hooper. Rapp is having a solid rookie season as he’s allowing a 70% completion rate, six yards per target, and a 85.2 rating when targeted.