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Rams tape review: Defensive ups-and-downs in a victory over the Buccaneers

The Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-32, on Sunday to move to 2-1 on the season and remain at the top of the standings in the NFC West.  Each week we take a look at the tape to review what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed. Today, we’ll focus on some coverage breakdowns...

  • How the Rams endured a 70-minute lightning delay at a crucial point in the game

    How the Rams endured a 70-minute lightning delay at a crucial point in the game

    The storm clouds gathered above Raymond James Stadium late in the fourth quarter Sunday, and fans, players and officials were ordered by the stadium public address announcer to run for cover, a two-minute “warning” if there ever was one. As thunder and lightning filled the skies, players and coaches...

  • Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick had a rough start to the season. The Rams receiver struggled with drops during training camp and the exhibition season, Coach Jeff Fisher twice calling out the fifth-year pro to hold on to the ball. Quick made a huge play Sunday, catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum early...

  • Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    The Rams have been 1-1 every year under Coach Jeff Fisher. In each of the last four years, they lost in Week 3 to drop to 1-2. With a win at Tampa Bay on Sunday, they flipped the script. Maybe that won’t mean much at the end of the year. Maybe this team is fatally flawed, destined to finish at...

  • Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start and was nearly perfect under fourth-quarter pressure on Sunday, rallying the visiting Denver Broncos to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The defending Super Bowl champions are 3-0 under Siemian, who took...

  • Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston was carving up the Rams early in the fourth quarter Sunday, driving the Buccaneers to the brink of a go-ahead touchdown when the massive right hand of Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and the lumbering legs of lineman Ethan Westbrooks intervened.   Winston connected...

  • The Rams start the season 2-1 for the first time since 2006

    The Rams start the season 2-1 for the first time since 2006

    Rams Coach Jeff Fisher told, practically pleaded, with his team before the season that he wouldn’t settle for another year of mediocrity.  There would be no finishing 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 or even 10-6, Fisher said in an episode of the HBO series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams.” ...

  • Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    Music filled the locker room and players stretched or had a bite to eat while coaches strategized before delivering instructions. It was not much different than any pregame or halftime scene, except  here were two minutes left on the game clock at Raymond James Stadium and the Rams were backed...

  • Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

    Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

     Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play Sunday, giving the Indianapolis Colts a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.  It's the second time this season Luck has produced a late score to give Indy...

  • Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 Sunday with their defense finally coming up with some big plays.  The Raiders (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack after coming into this game having given up more yards than any team...

  • Rams-Buccaneers: How they match up

    Rams-Buccaneers: How they match up

    Rams pass offense vs. Buccaneers pass defense: The Rams rank last in the NFL in passing offense, averaging 169.5 yards a game. Quarterback Case Keenum is completing 54% of his passes. Keenum is most efficient when the running game is a threat, allowing him to make play-action throws. Kenny Britt...

  • NFC notes: Which Vikings running back will step in for Adrian Peterson?

    NFC notes: Which Vikings running back will step in for Adrian Peterson?

    Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals haven’t turned the ball over and lead the NFL with seven takeaways. Arizona is riding a five-game winning streak on the road. Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones was taken out of the Falcons’ first two games because of injuries. He has 172 yards receiving with two scores....

  • AFC notes: Broncos have been the best in September over the last three years

    AFC notes: Broncos have been the best in September over the last three years

    Baltimore Ravens: Dennis Pitta is tied for most catches (12) by a tight end and ranks second in yards (141). The Ravens are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2009. Buffalo Bills: The Bills defense gave up 493 yards to the New York Jets last week. Anthony Lynn will make his debut as offensive...

  • Falcons' Julio Jones back at practice, might play Monday

    Falcons' Julio Jones back at practice, might play Monday

    Julio Jones joined practice for the first time this week, increasing his chances to play in the Atlanta Falcons' game at New Orleans on Monday night.  After being held out on Thursday and Friday with a calf injury from last week's win at Oakland, Jones was limited in Saturday's practice. Coach...

  • Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler passed for a touchdown in an exhibition opener against Green Bay, but he didn’t bother to keep the ball as a memento — unwittingly denying his dad a prized keepsake for his mantel. “He’s not about records and trying to impress people,” Don Kessler said...

  • Rams' Todd Gurley will try to break through against Tampa Bay

    Rams' Todd Gurley will try to break through against Tampa Bay

    Todd Gurley lined up in the backfield, looked across the line of scrimmage and saw a crowd. A large one. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks stacked defenders to stop the second-year running back. Only the allowable 11 defensive players were on the other side of the ball, but it seemed...

  • Buccaneers release Austin-Seferian Jenkins after his DUI arrest

    Buccaneers release Austin-Seferian Jenkins after his DUI arrest

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins on Friday, hours after the third-year pro was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.  The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round draft pick out of the University of...

  • Rams nutritionist has a whole flock to feed

    Rams nutritionist has a whole flock to feed

    Each week The Times will examine some of the behind-the-scene jobs associated with the Rams: Brent Williams’ face lit up as he lifted the hood of a new shiny silver barbecue that was delivered to the Rams’ practice facility in Thousand Oaks Thursday. “I’m going to have a lot of fun now,” Williams...

  • Vikings put Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil on injured reserve

    Vikings put Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil on injured reserve

    The Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on injured reserve Friday, another sign that his time with the team could be over following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. NFL teams can pull one player off injured reserve per season, so the Vikings would be able to activate the...

  • Podcast | Rams Overtime: How long until L.A.'s first touchdown? Also, Goff's timeline and answering your questions

    Podcast | Rams Overtime: How long until L.A.'s first touchdown? Also, Goff's timeline and answering your questions

    It’s time for another edition of “Rams Overtime” with Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein. On this week’s episode: When will the Rams score a touchdown? What’s the timeline for Jared Goff to play? A preview of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Injury updates Answering your Rams questions    GET IT ON iTUNES...

  • Seahawks' Michael Bennett on national anthem protests: 'You need a white guy to join the fight'

    Seahawks' Michael Bennett on national anthem protests: 'You need a white guy to join the fight'

    Colin Kaepernick started a movement in professional sports by choosing not to stand during the national anthem to raise awareness to social injustice, with several players around the NFL staging similar protests of their own. But Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett thinks something —...

  • Buccaneers tight end arrested on DUI charge

    Buccaneers tight end arrested on DUI charge

    The Florida Highway Patrol says a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.  Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a news release that Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Friday morning.  According to the release, Trooper Tabarie Sullivan...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s NFL matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 12-4 (.750); season 22-8 (.733). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-7 (.563);...

  • Richard Sherman says people are ignoring message of NFL players' protests

    Richard Sherman says people are ignoring message of NFL players' protests

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did not take questions from reporters on Wednesday during his media session, instead reading a statement that said the message of NFL players’ protests during the national anthem has been lost. The former Compton Dominguez High and Stanford star said...

  • Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner plays well despite broken toe

    Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner plays well despite broken toe

    Generously listed at 5 foot 8 and 185 pounds, Lamarcus Joyner has displayed toughness throughout his college and NFL careers. So it probably should come as no surprise that the cornerback has played most of the Rams’ first two games despite a broken toe. Joyner, a third-year pro from Florida State,...

  • Sam Farmer predicts Thursday's Houston Texans at New England Patriots game

    Sam Farmer predicts Thursday's Houston Texans at New England Patriots game

    NFL Thursday HOUSTON (2-0) AT NEW ENGLAND (2-0) TV: Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT Line: Texans by 1 Over/under: 40 ½ Sam Farmer’s pick: The Patriots are scary at home, even with rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. But Houston has the firepower to go up there and win. The Patriots will...

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson to undergo surgery, could return in 2016

    Vikings' Adrian Peterson to undergo surgery, could return in 2016

    Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus and, Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer says the star running back could return this season. Peterson was injured in Sunday night’s victory over Green Bay. The 2012 league MVP and reigning rushing champ made a fast...

  • Rams secondary still has plenty to prove with game against Buccaneers

    Rams secondary still has plenty to prove with game against Buccaneers

    Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh gave Jameis Winston a rude introduction to the NFL. Sensabaugh was playing for the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 season opener when he intercepted Winston’s first pass for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and returned it for a touchdown. “Hopefully,” Sensabaugh said Tuesday,...

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