Rams Offense Breaks Loose; Top Buccaneers 37-32 in Tampa

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams

Case Keenum threw for the Rams’ first touchdown since relocating back to Los Angeles, and Todd Gurley rushed for two more scores Sunday in a 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Rams (2-1), who did not get into the end zone in the first two games of the season, also scored on Ethan Westbrooks‘ 77-yard fumble return and Tavon Austin’s 43-yard reception in the fourth quarter before thunder and lightning caused a 69-minute weather delay with two minutes remaining.

Keenum, who used three field goals to beat Seattle 9-3 in Week 2, completed 14 of 25 passes for 190 yards, two TDs and one interception, which Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander returned 38 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.

In addition to throwing a TD pass to Austin for a late 11-point lead, he got the Rams on track early with his 44-yard scoring pass to Brian Quick for the franchise’s first TD as the L.A. Rams since 1994.

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Rams at Bucs NFL Week Three Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Rams and Bucs


E.J. Gaines (CB)
Sean Mannion (QB)
Matt Longacre (DE)
Pharoh Cooper (WR)
Nelson Spruce (WR)
Temarrick Hemingway (TE)


Luke Stocker (TE)
Cecil Shorts (WR)
Robert Ayers (DE)
Doug Martin (RB)
Ryan Griffin (QB)

Rams at Buccaneers NFL Week 3 Capsule



STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jeff Fisher: 8-1 Dirk Koetter: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 9-3 vs. Seattle L 40-7 at Arizona
LAST GAME 12/17/15: Buccaneers 23 at Rams 31. Rams QB Case Keenum passes for 234 yards & 2 TDs. Rams WR Tavon Austin has TD catch & TD run.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Rams 19, Buccaneers 17. Rams RB Zac Stacy rushes for 71 yards & TD. Rams K Greg Zeurlein converts GW 38-yard FG with 38 seconds remaining.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (LA), 84 (TB). XM: 385 (LA), 227 (TB).


PASSING Case Keenum: 35-65-369-0-2-57.8 Jameis Winston: 50-84-524-5 (T2L)-5-72.7
RUSHING Todd Gurley: 36-98-2.7-0 Doug Martin: 25-85-3.4-0
RECEIVING Kenny Britt: 10-161-16.1-0 Mike Evans: 11-169-15.4-2
OFFENSE 234.0 338.5
DEFENSE 313.0 395.0
SACKS William Hayes, Robert Quinn: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Johnny Hekker: 41.8 Bryan Anger: 48.1
KICKING Greg Zeurlein: 9 (0/0 PAT; 3/3 FG) Roberto Aguayo (R): 8 (5/5 PAT; 1/2 FG)


BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 363 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 5…RB DOUG MARTIN aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. Averaging 100.1 scrimmage yards (84.4 rush, 15.7 rec.) per game in past 10. RB CHARLES SIMS averaging 89.3 scrimmage yards per game in past 3 at home…WR MIKE EVANS had 6 receptions for 70 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 9 receptions for 157 yards in last meeting. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 6 receptions for career-high 67 yards in Week 2. Since entering league in 2005, WR VINCENT JACKSON ranks 5th in NFL with 16.9 rec. avg. TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS had TD catch in last meeting…DE ROBERT AYERS has 8.5 sacks in past 7. DT CLINTON MC DONALD aims for 3rd in row vs. Rams with sack. Rookie DE NOAH SPENCE had 1st career sack last week. LB KWON ALEXANDER ties for league lead with 24 tackles. Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (445), 10+ sacks (11) & 5+ INTs (8). CB BRENT GRIMES had 3 PD in only meeting (11/21/10 with Atl)…RAMS: QB CASE KEENUM completed 14 of 17 passes (82.4 pct.) for 234 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.0 rating, the highest attainable mark, in last meeting. Has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB TODD GURLEY rushed for TD in only career meeting…WR TAVON AUSTIN had rush & rec. TD in last meeting…DEFENSE held Seattle to 3 points & 67 net rushing yards in Week 2…DE WILLIAMS HAYES had sack last week. Has 4 sacks in past 4. DE ROBERT QUINN had sack & FF in Week 2. Had 3 sacks in 12/22/13 meeting. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles & FF last week. Had 2 FF in 12/22/13 meeting. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had 9 tackles & INT in last meeting. CB COTY SENSABAUGH had 26-yard INT-TD in only career meeting (9/13/15 with Ten).

Rams Defense Lowers the Boom on the Seahawks; Top Seattle 9-3 in LA Return

Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams

The Rams were a certifiable hit in their return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly 22 years. Now if they could just score a touchdown.

They have yet to find the end zone since leaving St. Louis, yet still managed to win their regular-season home debut on Sunday, beating the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 on Greg Zuerlein’s three field goals — the longest a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter.

The Rams (1-1) were shut out in a 28-0 loss at San Francisco in their season opener.

“Last week, to put it simple, we got embarrassed,” wide receiver Kenny Britt said. “And so to come back like this is good for morale and good for our confidence.”

Plenty of penalties slowed down the game for the announced crowd of 91,046 on a searing day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams marked the long-awaited occasion by wearing blue-and-gold throwback uniforms for their regular-season home debut.

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Rams Beat Seahawks in Thriller


Good teams find a way to win.  With 1:53 left in the game it looked like the Seahawks would be that good team.  Seattle QB Wilson airs it out to WR Lockett for 53 yards.  That old familiar chill ran down my back, but it was a false alarm because with just under a minute left Seahawks receiver Michael coughs up the ball on the Rams 27 yard line.  Rams fans…  today we found a way.

This game was super close.  Receiving yards, rushing yards, sacks…. all very similar.  Ultimately, it would come down to turnovers.  The Seahawks had 3 fumbles to a Rams 0.  The final turnover turned out to be the nail in Seattle’s coffin.  To be fair the Rams beat a Seahawks team led by a QB with a bad ankle.  It doesn’t diminish this great win, but it’s definitely something to remember for our next encounter with the Seahawks.

Final score is Rams 9, Seahawks 3.  Next week a pumped and confident Rams team goes to Tampa and takes on the Bucs.  Have a great week Rams fans.  Go Rams!!!

Rams vs Seahawks – 1st Half Summary


The Rams have done a lot of good things so far in this game.  First the offense has not been one dimensional.  The Rams started the game throwing the ball.  Todd Gurley had little success running in the first quarter, but as the Rams continued to pass the ball things began to open up a little on the line and Gurley made a couple of nice runs.

The Rams defense has been tough.  They’ve gotten good pressure on Seahawk’s QB Wilson.  The Rams secondary (Hill) has been burned a few times and have given up a big penalty, but so far it hasn’t cost us in points.

The Seahawks got away with a key pass interference call that forced the Rams to settle for a field goal in the second quarter.  Halftime score is Rams 6, Seahawks 3.

The Rams have played with a great deal of intensity so far.  If they can carry it through the 2nd half, they have a fair shot at closing the day with a win.

Go Rams!!!

LA Rams – A Simple Solution?


“This (Rams) offense tonight, has set offensive football back 50 years.” Herme Edwards

Do we hate him? Its kind of hard to hate someone when their right. But I think he could have been more specific. I think the Rams offensive woes stem from a lack of leadership (and toughness, and talent, and bravado…) at the quarter back position. Our front line is average, our receivers are good, our tight ends are good, and our running backs are above average. We’re missing a Brett Favre, a Tony Romo, a Cam Newton. An exciting player who can inspire people. I believe its that simple.

Two problems with this realization: 1) no QB on our roster can fill this bill. No one. 2) If you look at the available free agents out there… there isn’t a single guy that even makes me go hmmm… So what now? Someone else has got to show up. Todd Gurley was no help last night. It’s easy to say “its not his fault”. It’s really hard to say… “Todd, you’re the man. Our expectation for you isn’t normal. You need to be Adrian Foster, Adrian Peterson or Eric Dickerson. Anything less than a super star performance will be considered a sub par performance for you”. Not fair? Jerry Rice would have been ok with it. Any of the other running backs I mentioned would be ok with it.

The Rams will not win until someone on the team (Aaron Donald)… Until multiple people on the team get sick of losing. The Rams will not win until someone stands up and refuses to loose. So you don’t have a good quarterback… then you need to find someone else; something else. As a fan I’m personally sick of watching uninspired Rams football.

Anyone from the Rams organization listening….?

Seahawks at Rams NFL Week Two Capsule

at FedExField on December 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland.



STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 7-6 Jeff Fisher: 5-9
LAST WEEK W 12-10 vs. Miami L 28-0 at San Francisco
LAST GAME 12/27/15: St. Louis Rams 23 at Seahawks 17. St. Louis RB Todd Gurley rushes for 83 yards & TD. Rams DE William Hayes records 3 sacks.


09/13/15: St. Louis Rams 34, Seahawks 31 (OT). St. Louis QB Nick Foles passes for 297 yards with TD & adds rush TD. Rams K Greg Zuerlein kicks GW 37-yard FG in OT.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Sea), 138 (LA). XM: 383 (Sea), 232 (LA).


PASSING Russell Wilson: 27-43-258-1-1-77.5 Case Keenum: 17-35-130-0-2-34.2
RUSHING Christine Michael: 15-66-4.4-0 Todd Gurley: 17-47-2.8-0
RECEIVING Doug Baldwin: 9 (T2L)-92-10.2-1 Kenny Britt: 4-67-16.8-0
OFFENSE 352.0 185.0
DEFENSE 214.0 (3L) 320.0
SACKS 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Jon Ryan: 42.2 Johnny Hekker: 43.1
KICKING Steven Hauschka: 6 (0/1 PAT; 2/2 FG)


FIRST REGULAR-SEASON GAME in LA since 1994…SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 258 yards & TD last week. Has 120+ rating in 6 of past 8. Aims for 18th consecutive game with TD pass. Has 250+ pass yards & TD in past 2 vs. Rams…RB CHRISTINE MICHAEL led team with 66 rush yards vs. Mia. RB THOMAS RAWLS has 315 scrimmage yards (105 per game) in past 3 division games…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD last week. Had 8 catches for 118 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches vs. Rams. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had TD catch in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch in his last meeting vs. Rams (9/13/15)…LB K.J. WRIGHT led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles. LB BOBBY WAGNER had 6 tackles vs. Mia. DE MICHAEL BENNETT recorded 6 tackles & sack last week. DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack in Week 1. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE CASSIUS MARSH had 1st career sack last week…RAMS: QB CASE KEENUM had TD pass & 86.0 rating in only career meeting vs. Sea…RB TODD GURLEY had 83 rush yards & TD in only meeting vs. Seahawks. Has 4 rush TDs in past 4 games…WR KENNY BRITT has TD catch in 2 of past 4. Aims for 2nd in row with TD catch vs. Sea. WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN had 75-yard PR-TD in 9/13/15 game vs. Sea…DE ROBERT QUINN had 2 sacks in last meeting vs. Sea. DE DOMINIQUE EASLEY had FF & 3 tackles in Week 1. DT AARON DONALD has 4 sacks & FF in 4 meetings vs. Sea. LB ALEC OGLETREE led team with 12 tackles last week. Also had PD. Has 29 tackles with FF & PD in past 4 vs. Sea. CB COTY SENSABAUGH had 9 tackles & FF in Rams debut. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had 3 tackles & FR vs. SF. Has 4+ tackles in 3 of past 4 vs. Sea.