Rams vs Chargers – Injury Report


Jeromey Clary Physically Unable to Perform hip/ankle
Marcus Cromartie Injured Reserve leg
Alvin Scioneaux Injured Reserve knee
Danny Woodhead Injured Reserve ankle
Nick Hardwick Injured Reserve neck
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe Injured Reserve knee
Kwame Geathers Injured Reserve knee
Damik Scafe Injured Reserve hip
Doug Legursky Injured Reserve knee
Melvin Ingram Injured Reserve hip
Jason Verrett Injured Reserve shoulder
Ryan Carrethers Out elbow
Rich Ohrnberger Questionable ankle
Jahleel Addae Questionable concussion
Steve Williams Probable hamstring
Sean Lissemore Probable quadriceps
Philip Rivers Probable ribs
Player Status Injury
Chris Long Injured Reserve ankle
Demetrius Rhaney Injured Reserve knee
Isaiah Pead Injured Reserve knee
Brian Quick Injured Reserve arm/shoulder
Brandon McGee Injured Reserve foot
Jake Long Injured Reserve knee
Sam Bradford Injured Reserve knee
Mason Brodine Injured Reserve ankle
Lamarcus Joyner Out groin
Damian Williams Out hamstring
Marcus Roberson Out ankle
Alex Carrington Out knee
Cory Harkey Questionable quadricep
Jared Cook Questionable back
Daren Bates Probable groin
Will Herring Probable foot
James Laurinaitis Probable foot

NFL Week 12 Capsule – St.Louis at San Diego



STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 0-7 McCoy: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 22-7 vs. Broncos W 13-6 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 10/17/10: Chargers 17 at Rams 20. St. Louis RB Steven Jackson rushes for 109 yards & TD. Rams WR Danario Alexander adds 4 catches for 72 yards, including 38-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/29/06: Chargers 38, Rams 24. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 183 yards & scores 3 total TDs (2 rushing, 1 receiving). Chargers LB Shawne Merriman records 3 sacks.
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (StL.), 139 (SD). XM: 232 (SD).


PASSING Hill: 28-42-301-1-1-85.5 Rivers: 219-328-2544-21-8-101.2
RUSHING Mason (R): 92-383-4.2-1 Oliver (R): 111-407-3.7-2
RECEIVING Cook (TE): 34-446-13.1-1
  1. Allen: 55-537-9.8-1
OFFENSE 312.9 330.4
DEFENSE 362.4 331.4
SACKS Quinn: 6 Liuget: 2.5
INTs Ogletree: 2 Flowers: 2
PUNTING Hekker: 45.7 Scifres: 45.3
KICKING Zuerlein: 65 (20/20 PAT; 15/18 FG) Novak: 72 (24/24 PAT; 16/17 FG)


RAMS: QB SHAUN HILL completed 20 of 29 (69 pct.) for 220 yards with 1 TD, 0 INTs & 102.7 rating last week…Rookie RB TRE MASON rushed for career-high 113 yards & had career-best 29 carries last week. Has led team in rushing in all 6 games played. RB BENNY CUNNINGHAM has TD in 4 of past 7…WR KENNY BRITT had 4 catches for 128 yards & TD (63 yards) last week. TE LANCE KENDRICKS has TD in 3 of past 5 vs. AFC. Is tied with RB Cunningham for team lead with 4 TDs…In past 5 vs. AFC, DE ROBERT QUINN has 5 sacks & 3 FFs. In 6 games vs. AFC, LB ALEC OGLETREE has 44 tackles, 8 PD, 2 INTs (98-yard TD) & FF. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookie DTs with 4 sacks & ties for overall rookie lead. In past 7 vs. AFC, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS has 2 INTs, 2 FRs & 2 sacks. Since entering NFL in 2009, is only player in NFL with 14+ sacks (14) & 9+ INTs (9). Since entering NFL in 2012, CB JANORIS JENKINS has 4 INT-TDs, tied for most in NFL. DT MICHAEL BROCKERS has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7 vs. AFC. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had INT last week…CHARGERS: Have won 7 of past 8 at home…In past 8 at home, QB PHILIP RIVERS has 2,026 pass yards with 19 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.0 rating. Has 2+ TDs in 7 of past 9 overall. Has 34,913 career passing yards & needs 87 to become 2nd player in club history to reach 35,000…RB RYAN MATHEWS led team with 75 scrimmage yards last week vs. Raiders. Rushed for 64 yards on 12 att. (5.3 avg.) in only career meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Rookie RB BRANDEN OLIVER (undrafted) ranks 4th among NFL rookies in rush yards (407) & has 2 rush TDs…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 10th all-time with 96 TD catches & needs 3 to tie HOFer DON HUTSON (99). Needs 1 TD to become 1st TE in NFL history with 4 career 10+ TD seasons. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 3 TD catches in past 4 vs. NFC. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 4 TD rec. in past 6 vs. NFC…S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 63 tackles. Has 13 INTs since 2011, most among AFC players. Last week, LB KAVELL CONNER had 1st sack since joining SD.



Deer in headlights…  Chin hits the floor.. Hell freezes over… Rams beat the Broncos!


I think there was 3:39 left in the 4th when it hit me we might win this game.  In the first quarter we jumped out to a 3-0 lead.  I said, “this may be the only time I can say this, but the Rams are beating the Broncos”.  Everyone around me laughed and adamently agreed.  But at the end of the half the Rams were up 6 points.  At the end of 3 qtrs we’re up by 9…  and with 3:39 left in the 4th qtr the St Louis Rams are beating the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos by 12 points.  The final nail in the coffin came with 2:30 remaining.  It’s 4th and 1 from the Rams 41 yard line and the Broncos have to get the first down to cement the inevitable Broncos come back.  Peyton stands in the shotgun, the ball is hiked, and Peyton throws short left to WR Thomas.  Rams LB Olgetree defends and Thomas is unable to make the reception.  The Rams have beaten a very good Broncos team.  No lucky play, or strange ruling on the field, or other controversial event. Today the Rams have out played and eventually beaten the Broncos.  Final score Broncos 7 – Rams 22.  Go Rams!!!

Ok, now it’s time… Good job Shaun Hill.  Rams QB Hill came away with a strong performance for not 1, but 4 entire quarters.  Here are his stats:

Hill 20/29 220 7.6 1 0 3-14 102.7

As for future HOF QB Manning and company?  They couldn’t really get anything going all day.  The Rams played hard.  We kicked, hit, blocked, tackled,  pressured, and covered.  The Broncos were just not ready for it.

This was a fun game to watch and hopefully a precursor to more Rams victories.  Congrats Rams and Rams fans!!!


Broncos vs Rams – Haltime Report


It’s halftime and the Rams lead the Broncos 13-7.  Here’s the scoring summary:

Team/Qtr 1 2 3 4 T
DEN 0 7 0 0 7
STL 10 3 0 0 13

The Rams have played good football.  Going into the half the Rams have zeroes penalties and have only allowed a single sack.  WR Kenny Britt has 4 receptions for 128 yards and a TD.  RB Mason has 56 yards off 12 attempts.  (I’m not even going to mention QB Shaun Hill until the end of the game.  No one cares if he has a good first half.  We need a solid performance for the entire game.)  And the Rams’ defense has gotten enough pressure on Peyton Manning to keep him from getting into a groove.

There’s a lot more game to be played.  Go Rams!!!

Sports Rant


…checking out Yahoo sports this morning (ok first I mused about Mindy Kaling’s coolness…).  First article that caught my eye ‘Why Adrian Peterson, Vikings need to go in separate directions’.  What a stupid article.  Adrian Peterson is perhaps the best active running back in the NFL and you’re going to parts ways with him to be politically correct? 

Next, still on Yahoo Sports, I see ‘Kobe Bryant breaks NBA record for most career missed shots’.  I peruse the article which is a full length serious piece about Kobe and this daft stat.  I could understand a ‘haha… check this out… Kobe has shot soooo many basketballs he’s actually missed more shots than anyone else… haha funny sports trivia’ (single paragraph), end of story.  I see this kind of bad content on Bleacher Report all the time, but Yahoo Sports?  Bad Yahoo Sports… Bad!!!  (Yahoo, I know this is a one time thing.  You guys are super cool sports guys.  I have always enjoyed your articles and would love to even work for you (hit me up).   So, this is by no means an indictment on the general quality of your stuff.  Love you guys!)

Back to Adrian Peterson… here’s my beef with all the criminal crap going on.  Listen up, the NFL is not a legal or governing body (technically it’s a non profit organization, but don’t even get me started on that).  No players on any of the 32 NFL teams even work for the NFL.  The NFL’s job is to manage the game being played on the field.  Such things as how many players each team should have, what is legal or not legal during the course of a game, and to change aspects of the game to make it as safe as possible.  THAT’S IT.  Anything done by a player off the field is none of the NFL’s business.  If a NFL player or any other person living in the United States commits a crime, someone should call the police.  Let’s have them go through the legal system and deal with any consequences levied upon them for said crime.  If the outcome of this process is the incarceration of the player/person making it impossible for him to show up for work, then I’m thinking you’ve got a good reason to end their employment.  Otherwise, what are you waiting for?  Get back to work. 

If it were me and Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice became available, I’d sign them.  Twitter alert, “New Rams Head Coach Mark Peterson states his first order of business is the signing of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice.”  Now assume the imaginary signings occur…  As I build a relationsip with these 2 gentlemen, I’m going to strongly encourage they seek out a whole lot of counseling, but if they never show up for a single session then what am I going to do?  Nothing.  Why?  Because it is none of my business.  Come on… say it with me… “it is none of my business”.  And for all of you knashing your teeth at me, of course if the distraction of having these players affects the locker room, then yes corrective measures must be taken. 

So it looks like Ray and Adrian will be coming back to the NFL fairly soon.  I think both of them should go back to their teams, have a few heart to heart conversations, and get back to the business of football.  Will this happen?  I don’t know.  Should the Rams sign either of these guys if they were to become available?  Yes, absolutely.  Is this something we could see coach Jeff Fisher pursue?  I’d say yes.  With the signing of Michael Sams via the NFL Draft Fisher has shown his main concern is football and not the often ridiculous opinions of the NFL community.  Fisher has just announced Shaun Hill will be the Rams starting QB going forward which is clearly a sign he’s trying to stave off the unemployment line.  Fisher has got to do something to get the Rams turned around.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Thanks for listening and GO RAMS!!!

Rams Lose To Cardinals 14-31


Before looking at the play-by-play account of the 2nd quarter I was thinking what a tough break for the Rams.  We led 14-10 going into the 4th quarter.  Then Cards receiver Brown caught a stretched out leaping 48 yard magnificient TD pass.  It was an amazing catch that just couldn’t be defended.  Then a random deflected and intercepted pass gave the Cards 7 points.  Again, not really anything we could do about it (except perhaps catching the pass in the first place).  Right?  And the coup de gras, Davis caughs up the ball for another turnover and Card TD.  Again, just another unmanageable play that went against us.  Poor Rams…

Then I took a look at ESPN’s play-by-play account of the second half.  Here’s my version of it:

(3rd QTR)
Cards 3 and out
Rams 3 and out
Cards a couple of first downs and the Rams Olgetree intercepts
Rams penalty and 3 and out
Cards 1st down and then end of 3rd qtr
(4th QTR)
Cards drive to the Rams 28 yard line, Palmer is sacked (and injured). Team misses FG
Rams 3 and out
Cards drive length of field and score TD on 48 yard pass (amazing catch)
Rams 2nd play Davis throws INT to Peterson
Cards 3 and out
Rams 3rd play of drive Peterson intercepts for pick 6
Rams 1st down and then fumble returned for TD by Cromartie
Rams drive from 20 to Cards 49, turn ball over on downs
Cards kneel down to end game

The poor Rams had almost zero offense in the 2nd half.  Take away the two some what uncontrollable turnovers and the score becomes Rams 14- Cards 17.  In this make believe version of the game all we needed was a single field goal to keep things going into imaginary overtime, but we couldn’t do it.  Let me clarify… in real life we had almost zero offense and never even threatened to  score in the 2nd half of the game.  The poor Rams collapsed once again in the second half.  We fall to 3-6 on the season as we not only lose, but collapse yet again.  Thank you Jeff Fisher and company for at least letting us feel pretty good for the first 3 quarters of the game before getting our hearts ripped out of our chests.

Rams vs Cardinals – Halftime Update


Going into the half the Rams are beating the best team in the NFL 14-10. The second half is really going to expose the character of both of these teams. For the Rams the test is to continue to play strong for 4 quarters. After everything we’ve gone through this season have we learned anything? Can we change our mentality and come away with a win against this very good Cardinals team? For the Cardinals everyone wants to know if they’re the real deal.  And we will find out soon enough. Here is the scoring summary at the half. Go Rams!

Team/QTR 1 2 3 4 T
STL 7 7 0 0 14
ARI 0 10 0 0 10

Cardinals vs Rams Friday Injury Report

Status Report
DOUBTFUL LB Daren Bates (groin)
QUESTIONABLE S Cody Davis (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
PROBABLE LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S Rodney McLeod (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
Thursday CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
Friday LB Daren Bates (groin), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
Wednesday S Cody Davis (concussion)
Thursday LB Daren Bates (groin), S Cody Davis (concussion), TE Cory Harkey (knee)
Friday CB Janoris Jenkins (knee)
Thursday LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Friday S Cody Davis (concussion), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Status Report
OUT LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
QUESTIONABLE DT Ed Stinson (groin)
PROBABLE LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), RB Andre Ellington (foot), LB Larry Foote (back), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
Thursday LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
Friday LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
Wednesday RB Andre Ellington (foot)
Thursday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), RB Andre Ellington (foot), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)
Friday RB Andre Ellington (foot), DT Ed Stinson (groin)
Wednesday LB Larry Foote (back)
Thursday LB Larry Foote (back)
Friday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), LB Larry Foote (back), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)