Tag:St. Louis Rams
Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm

Numerology: NFL Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson

The jury is still out on science, but the verdict on math is F-U-N, so we present the week in NFL from a numbers perspective.

1 - Middle fingers extended by Titans' defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil to an official upon not preferring the call on the field. Bad news: his fine is probably going to be a bigger number. Good news though is that Bud Adams will probably pay it, given his history for, um, flying birds at football games .

3 - 200-yard receiving games that Terrell Owens (and seven others) has in his career. Couldn't happen to a better guy!

8 - Consecutive games by Antonio Gates with a touchdown, just another record that he owns as a tight end. Once Tony Gonzalez retires in 2055, Gates can really work on catching his records.

25 - Yards that John Carney was able to move the football with his foot in order to ensure that Garrett Hartley is unemployed come Monday.

59 - Length of Josh Scobee's game winning kick for the Jaguars to topple the Colts Sunday. (Incidentally, that's also the number of Jags fans in attendance!)

60.2 - Quarterback rating for Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Of course, the number "one" is important too, since it's how many victories he has in Philadelphia.

67 - Games it took Maurice Jones-Drew to get 50 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the 13th fastest in NFL history. Yes, his fantasy owners are wondering why it wasn't somewhere between 64 and 66.

74 - Length of Arian Foster's third quarter touchdown run, which actually may be less important than ZERO, which is the number of carries he got in the first quarter after being benched for a "coach's decision" that made a lot of fantasy owners a whole lot of angry.

145 - Total yards from scrimmage by Charlie Batch as the Steelers lost their first game of the year. I assume everyone still thinks there's some sort of quarterback controversyin Pittsburgh?

158 - How many times Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning have started a game together, which is the longest in post-merger NFL history. You wouldn't think you could get comfortable with your hands underneath another man's buttocks on a weekly basis, but I suppose after that many times it becomes routine.

165 - Speaking of Peyton, that's how many interception-less passes he'd tossed in a row until the third quarter against the Jaguars.

254 - Yards Steven Jackson needs to catch Eric Dickerson as the St. Louis Rams' all-time leading rusher following a 70-yard performance that helped him pass Marshall Faulk for second on the list and give him 6,991 for his career.

1,419 - Kyle Orton's passing yardage total thru four games of the 2010 season. Only Kurt Warner has a higher number in NFL history. (This is the part where we pause to let you pick up your jaw.)

12,012 - Career receiving yardage for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in history to cross the 12k barrier. It cannot be understated just how fantastic his career has been and, perhaps more impressively, continues to be .
Posted on: October 3, 2010 3:44 pm

Steven Jackson trails only Dickerson

Posted by Andy Benoit

Running back Steven Jackson got the 39 yards he needed to pass Marshall Faulk for second on the Rams all-time rushing list. Jackson now has 6,975 career rushing yards (midway through the fourth quarter of the St. Louis-Seattle game) and trails Eric Dickerson by 270.

Dickerson rushed for 13,259 yards in his career, but just 7,245 of them came with the Rams. However, Dickerson reached that mark in just five seasons. Jackson – who’s been bothered by a groin injury and was a gametime decision to play – is now in his seventh season.

Jackson could go down as one of the greatest players in the history of downtrodden franchises. The Rams have won just six total games over the past three seasons (before 2010), and they’ve never had a record better than 8-8 in Jackson’s career. It’s rare to see a prolific running back on a bad team.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 4:21 pm

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions at Packers

Good news for Lions fans. RB Jahvid Best (turf toe) practiced Friday and is expected to start.

Detroit WR Nate Burleson, meanwhile, planned to make the flight to Green Bay, but he’s listed as doubtful. That means the Packers can focus even more of their attention on Calvin Johnson. MLB DeAndre Levy finally made his season debut last week, but then he injured his ankle. He’s questionable.

QB Matthew Stafford is out, but it’s looking like he could return for Week 5.

Most of the Packers questionable and doubtful players are backups, so that shouldn’t affect Green Bay all that much. And while DE Cullen Jenkins, who has been making noise about a new contract this week, is probable, there’s a slight chance he won’t play with a broken hand. If that happens, the Packers might have a problem on the right side of their defensive line (Backup Mike Neal is also questionable).

49ers at Falcons

Three important keys for Atlanta are questionable. Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon had to leave last Sunday’s game because he was cramping. But he’s also been nursing an ankle injury, and he didn’t practice at all this week. Meanwhile, S Erik Coleman, who’s missed the past two weeks with a strained MCL, has improved and could play.

WR Michael Jenkins has begun taking more reps in practice, and if he can play, that likely will help the team’s running game because of Jenkins’ blocking abilities. Considering he’s been out since early training camp, the team likely won’t rush him back.

San Francisco WR Ted Ginn Jr. hasn’t played since spraining his MCL in Week 2, and it doesn’t look like he’ll participate this week either, considering he’s listed as doubtful. Assuming he doesn’t play, Dominique Zeigler will see even more reps. The good news about that – according to reports, QB Alex Smith trusts Zeigler more than he does Michael Crabtree.

Panthers at Saints

One of the key cogs of the Saints defense, Roman Harper, is questionable with a hamstring injury. But after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Harper was limited Friday. Pierre Thomas is also questionable, and perhaps in a clue of what his availability is for Sunday, the team added DeShawn Wynn to the active roster today. Without Reggie Bush, though, the Saints would seem to be in desperate need of Thomas – especially since the team is ranked last in the league in rushing.

And of course, notice who isn’t on the injury report. QB Drew Brees, who apparently is battling knee problems, will play Sunday and was not included on the report.

Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has to be somewhat relieved that two of his starting offensive guards, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Travelle Wharton, are probable. RT Jeff Otah, though, still is out with a knee injury.

Seahawks at Rams

The second-most important player on the Rams squad, RB Steven Jackson, is questionable because of a groin injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and was very limited Friday. One of the Rams most important players on defense, S O.J. Atogwe, also is questionable after missing the second half of last week’s game with a thigh injury. He’ll be a gametime decision.

If both of those guys can’t play – and that is a real possibility – the Rams, it goes without saying, could be in big, big trouble.

The big news for Seattle is that rookie LT Russell Okung – who hasn’t played since the preseason because of a high ankle sprain – is probable to play. Assuming Okung plays (coach Pete Carroll downplayed that possibility a bit this week, but come on, he’s got to play, right?), QB Matt Hasselbeck should feel a little more comfortable. After all, Tyler Polumbus had been manning the LT spot in Okung’s absence.

After missing all of the second half last Sunday, because of a shoulder injury, WR Mike Williams is probable. CB Marcus Trufant, whose absence was sorely missed in the second half of last week’s game when San Diego QB Philip Rivers ripped apart the secondary when Trufant had to leave with an ankle injury, is questionable.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:23 pm

Blackout report for Week 4

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Texans @ Raiders game will be blacked out Sunday. This marks the ninth-straight blackout for the Silver and Black.

The Seahawks @ Rams game is also facing a blackout, despite the Rams coming off a home win against the Redskins.

The Cardinals @ Chargers will be blacked out (fans apparently aren’t eager to see Derek Anderson throwing to Stephen Williams). This is the second blackout in as many home games for San Diego.

The usual blackout suspect – the Jaguars – are NOT blacked out. The Jaguars sold out for the third time this season. They have benefitted from an attractive schedule. Jacksonville welcomed Tim Tebow and the Broncos to town in Week 1. Week 3 offered Michael Vick and the Eagles. This week, Jacksonville fans get to see Peyton Manning and the Colts.

UPDATE (2:22 ET): Rams Rapid Reporter Ron Clements says, thanks to four major corporate sponsors, the Rams have avoided a blackout for this Sunday after all.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:28 pm

MRI reveals good news for Steven Jackson

Posted by Andy Benoit
S. Jackson (US Presswire)
In case you were worried about running back Steven Jackson, don’t be. The Rams workhorse (or, battering Ram, if you will), left with a groin injury in the second quarter of the team’s upset win over the Redskins Sunday. Jackson had an MRI Monday and tweeted “It’s only a strain…”

If Jackson had been out, the Rams would have been the first team since the 2003 Atlanta Falcons to lose its entire offense on one play.

The Rams are reportedly giving former Chief/Bengal/Redskin running back Larry Johnson a look. No word on how this news impacts LJ's chances to come in and sit on St. Louis' bench.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 5:31 pm

Steven Jackson hurts groin

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams running back Steven Jackson injured his groin in the second quarter of the St. Louis-Washington game. After trainers looked at him, he walked off the field under his own power, but he was limping as well.

Jackson made an immediate impact in this game. Four minutes in, he put St. Louis on the scoreboard with a 42-yard touchdown run and helped the Rams take an early 14-0 lead.

On the day, he’s rushed 10 times for 58 yards.

He’s questionable to return to the game.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:23 pm

Week 3 injury news and analysis II

Posted by Andy Benoit

Redskins @ Rams

LaRon Landry is questionable with a wrist injury, but the rangy safety had full participation in practice this week. So did questionable NT Albert Haynesworth, though with him, it’s hard to know what “full participation” means. (We can assume effort and enthusiasm are not factored in.)

Trent Williams had limited participation in practice (knee) and, lC. Portis (US Presswire)ike running back Clinton Portis (wrist), he’s questionable. The Redskins need Portis, given that they have no depth in the backfield.

The Rams will be without DT Darrell Scott (ankle) and likely without DT Clifton Ryan (migraines – aka Percy Harvin Syndrome). That means Gary Gibson and Fred Robbins could see more playing time; will they wear down late?

St. Louis WR Laurent Robinson is also doubtful (foot).

Browns @ Ravens

Two cogs for the Ravens, ILB D’Qwell Jackson and NT Shaun Rogers, sat out the first two games of the season. Jackson, still recovering from a pectoral injury suffered in training camp, is listed as doubtful. Rogers is questionable coming off last year’s lower leg injury. Put these two back in the lineup and the Browns run defense improves tenfold.

For the Ravens, OT Jared Gaither continues to nurse a mysterious back injury. The longer he sits, the more likely it is the Ravens give up and look for a different long-term solution.

Lions @ Vikings

QB Matthew Stafford and WR Nate Burleson are both out. Where is the juice in Detroit’s passing game?

Lions starting OLB Zack Follett is also out, which is a problem because starting MLB DeAndre Levy is questionable with a groin injury. And versatile backup Landon Johnson is questionable with a neck. This could spell a field day for Adrian Peterson.

On the Vikings side, corners Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin, both coming off knee injuries, are expected to make their season debuts. Center John Sullivan’s calf injury seems to be improving – he’s listed as probable. Sullivan has been a major weakness early on playing at less than 100 percent.

Brett Favre is on the injury report with an elbow (probable). Think he’ll play?

Falcons @ Saints

Safety Erik Coleman missed last week’s game and is questionable this week with a bum knee. Coaches love his versatility and open-field tackling. If he can’t play, hard-hitting second-year pro William Moore will get the nod. Whether it’s an ailing Coleman or inexperienced Moore, expect the Saints to spread the field and exploit whoever lines up here.

The Saints will be without nickel corner Randall Gay (concussion). That’s somewhat noteworthy given that Atlanta is getting possession receiver Michael Jenkins back from a shoulder injury.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 11:43 am

Who to blame for V-Jax no trade: Smith or Vikes?

Posted by Andy Benoit

We'll take one more look at the Vincent Jackson trade saga and then move on -- hopefully for good.

There are two ways to look at why Jackson did not get traded Wednesday: A.J. Smith took his hardball act too far, or the Minnesota Vikings were too cautious. Your opinion depends on your view of the Vikings. V. Jackson (US Presswire)

First, let’s make sure we’re clear on what happened. John Clayton of ESPN.com has an excellent piece covering what went down with all the teams interested in trading for Jackson before Wednesday’s deadline. Five teams have been in the V-Jax running: Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, Seattle and Minnesota.

According to Clayton’s sources, Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest prompted the owners of the Seahawks and Rams to pull out. (Jackson is currently serving an NFL-mandated three-game suspension for multiple DUI’s; the PR hit for acquiring him this week would have been too significant). From the sound of things, the Lions and Redskins pulled out early on – either when A.J. Smith was demanding a first- and third-round pick for Jackson, or when he lowered that demand to two second-round picks (which is what the Broncos got for Brandon Marshall).

After the season started, the Vikings started making calls about Jackson. This week, they were the only team seriously vying for the wideout’s services. By then Smith was willing to trade Jackson for a second- and fourth-round pick, as long as the Vikings would sign Jackson to a one-year, $6 million contract.

But the Vikings didn’t want to give up the picks. And that’s where the debate begins.

It’s amazing how much value teams place in draft picks. In many ways, it shows arrogance. Do the Vikings really think they’re gong to find a player as good as Jackson in the second or fourth round? Granted, they found Sidney Rice in the second round a few years ago. But they also found safety Tyrell Johnson and offensive lineman Ryan Cook in the second round. Neither is a starter. Jackson has already proven to be a star.

Besides, word is, the Vikings were willing to trade a second-rounder and a compensatory pick. That means they wouldn’t budge on the fourth-rounder. Since when is a fourth-rounder a deal-breaker when talking about a Pro Bowl caliber receiver?

Maybe, deep down, Minnesota did not want to pay $6 million for 10 games of Jackson’s services. That would be make sense…if they weren’t paying $20 million for Brett Favre’s services. They’ve put all their chips in the 2010 basket. Why abandon that method now?
In all likelihood, the Vikings must not have thought they could (or would) sign Jackson to a long-term contract after this season. If that’s the case, then a second- and fourth-round draft pick could be too much to surrender. But again, they were willing to part with the second-rounder…

By passing on Jackson, the Vikings are making a few risky assumptions, such as:

a.) Sidney Rice being a long-term No. 1 (he was great last season, but he’s shown questionable work ethic at times, and his hip injury raised a lot of eyebrows)

b.) Bernard Berrian being a solid starter (safe bet, though Berrian has certain flaws that defenses can exploit at times)

c.) Percy Harvin being a long-term playmaker (you may have heard he has some migraine issues).

d.) Greg Camarillo being a viable possession receiver (he is, but why in the world has the newly-acquired ex-Dolphin not played more thus far?).

Of course, maybe we should be criticizing Smith more than the Vikings. If Jackson walks away as a free agent in 2011, as many expect, the Charges would receive a compensatory third-round pick in 2012. Maybe Smith should have lowered his asking price to a simple second-rounder for 2011.

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