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  • Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are excited about first meeting on the field

    Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are excited about first meeting on the field

    They will be forever linked as quarterbacks selected No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2016 NFL draft. They share the same agents, remain in contact via occasional text messages and track each other from afar. Jared Goff of the Rams and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles will play against each other...

  • Rams make contingency plans in case air quality from fires affects ability to practice

    Rams make contingency plans in case air quality from fires affects ability to practice

    The Rams are making contingency plans if Southland fires continue to affect air quality that prevents them from practicing at their Thousand Oaks facility in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Coliseum. On Wednesday, a day after smoke and ash were in the air, the...

  • Rams punter Johnny Hekker delivers supplies to Ventura County shelter

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker delivers supplies to Ventura County shelter

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker woke up, saw the devastation caused by the Thomas fire in Ventura County, and wanted to help. Hekker and his wife, Makayla, spent part of Tuesday — the Rams’ day off from practice — at a Target store in Newbury Park buying supplies to deliver to a shelter at the Ventura...

  • Meet the veteran at center of Rams' high-scoring attack

    Meet the veteran at center of Rams' high-scoring attack

    Jared Goff likes to run the up-tempo, no-huddle offense not only because it yields results, but also for the laughs it consistently provides the Rams’ quarterback at center John Sullivan’s expense. “When he hears me going, ‘Hey! We’re going no-huddle, here we go!’” Goff says, “He’ll…” Goff stops...

  • Rams' Alec Ogletree expected to play against Eagles

    Rams' Alec Ogletree expected to play against Eagles

    Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who suffered an elbow injury against the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to be ready for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his status will not be determined until later in the week, coach Sean McVay said Monday. “We all know the type of competitor...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals

    What we learned in the Rams' 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals

    What we learned in the Rams’ 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals: The Rams miss Robert Woods Receivers Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins played well and Josh Reynolds continued to gain experience for an offense that was without Woods for the second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury....

  • Rams end interception drought in style

    Rams end interception drought in style

    Alec Ogletree approached the goal line after intercepting a pass and then punctuated the takeaway with a front flip into the end zone. It was a highlight-reel play by the Rams linebacker in a 32-16 road victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals. It was also one of two Rams interceptions in a win...

  • Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz: A comparison from a team that has played against both this season

    Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz: A comparison from a team that has played against both this season

    Same No. 16 on the jersey, same GOFF across the shoulders, but Rams quarterback Jared Goff is a completely different player than the Arizona Cardinals beat in last season’s finale. By comparison, it was Ryan Gosling lining up under center last season. Goff might have looked the part, but he was...

  • The Huddle: Ric Flair inspires the Rams' 8-3 'Woo!'

    The Huddle: Ric Flair inspires the Rams' 8-3 'Woo!'

    This is notable The Rams will improve to 9-3 if they defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, guaranteeing the franchise its first winning season since 2003, when the St. Louis Rams finished 12-4 and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Carolina Panthers....

  • On the field and elsewhere, Rams' Todd Gurley is having a 'good year'

    On the field and elsewhere, Rams' Todd Gurley is having a 'good year'

    It’s a good time to be Rams running back Todd Gurley. Gurley’s former high school team, Tarboro High, will play for a state championship in North Carolina. His college team, Georgia, won the Southeastern Conference Championship and will play in the College Football Playoff. And Sunday, the Rams...

  • Rams tune up for Eagles by sweeping Cardinals for first winning season since 2003

    Rams tune up for Eagles by sweeping Cardinals for first winning season since 2003

    The anticipation and buildup began weeks ago, once it became clear that two strong teams with rising stars at quarterback would play a meaningful late-season game. On Sunday, the Rams officially gave themselves permission to embrace the marquee matchup that is coming up next. A 32-16 victory over...

  • Rams linebacker from Nigeria is latest rookie stepping up to become starter

    Rams linebacker from Nigeria is latest rookie stepping up to become starter

    As pep talks go, this one was short and to the point. Wade Phillips, the Rams’ veteran defensive coordinator, wanted to gauge linebacker Samson Ebukam’s frame of mind this week as the rookie prepared for his first NFL start on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. “Are you nervous?” Phillips asked....

  • Eric Dickerson reveling in Rams' change of coaches, and fortunes

    Eric Dickerson reveling in Rams' change of coaches, and fortunes

    The public-relations nightmare took shape a year ago, the Monday after Thanksgiving. The Rams had just been blown out by New Orleans, 49-21, to drop to 4-7. The team’s inaugural season back in Los Angeles was careening off the rails, and coach Jeff Fisher’s job was in serious jeopardy. Then, the...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints

    What we learned in the Rams' 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints

    What we learned in the Rams’ 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints: The Rams are resilient A week after losing to the Minnesota Vikings, the Rams came back and ended the Saints’ eight-game winning streak. It marked the third time this season the 8-3 Rams followed a loss with a victory. After...

  • Rams' Connor Barwin to be out a few weeks after undergoing forearm surgery

    Rams' Connor Barwin to be out a few weeks after undergoing forearm surgery

    Rams linebacker Connor Barwin, a veteran who has provided performance and leadership during the team’s surge to the top of the NFC West, had forearm surgery Monday and will be sidelined a few weeks, coach Sean McVay said. Barwin was injured during the first half of Sunday’s 26-20 victory over the...

  • Rams bounce back at home, snapping Saints' eight-game win streak

    Rams bounce back at home, snapping Saints' eight-game win streak

    Nothing about the challenge came shrouded in mystery. The high-powered New Orleans Saints sported the NFL’s most productive and explosive offense. Quarterback Drew Brees is on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And a two-pronged rushing attack had helped the Saints win eight games in a row....

  • Rams show they are ready for prime time with impressive victory over the Saints

    Rams show they are ready for prime time with impressive victory over the Saints

    The Rams aren’t just a headache for opponents anymore. They’ve become a problem — albeit the good kind — for the NFL. In a season filled with hand wringing over sagging TV ratings, these upstart Rams have barged onto center stage and commanded the spotlight. They posted a 26-20 victory over New...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans

    What we learned in the Rams’ 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans: The Rams can play well at home Going into Sunday’s game, the Rams were 5-0 away from the Coliseum and 1-2 in their home stadium. They had routed the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener but lost to the Washington Redskins and...

  • Division-leading Rams, winners of four in a row, are trying not to look too far ahead

    The Super Bowl will be played in February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the same venue that Rams coach Sean McVay and his team will travel to this week. The Rams play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a matchup of 7-2 teams that appear bound for the playoffs. Asked Monday if he would allow...

  • Robert Woods continues to be key weapon for Rams

    Robert Woods stood at his locker, appearing exhausted. Moments earlier, coach Sean McVay had presented the former USC All-American with the game ball after a personal-best performance that sparked the Rams to a 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans at the Coliseum. Two dozen reporters surrounded...

  • Forced turnovers by Rams defense helped keep Texans in check

    Aaron Donald wasted no time making his presence felt Sunday. The Rams’ star defensive lineman burst into the Houston Texans’ backfield on the fifth play, sacked quarterback Tom Savage and forced him to fumble. The Rams recovered and converted the turnover into a quick three points. Donald’s teammates...

  • Remaining schedule will be true test for the surprising 7-2 Rams

    Please return to your seats and fasten your seat belts. Heavy turbulence ahead. The Rams, maybe the NFL’s most surprising story at 7-2, are heading into the toughest stretch of their season. Five of their next six opponents have winning records, and that includes matchups against three of the league’s...

  • Rams give fans more reasons to believe

    A familiar sound rose up through the murky November air, rattling seats, raising hair, realizing a new hope. Turns out the roar didn’t disappear with the baseball season. The roar just moved down the street. The roar is now with the Rams. The distinctive Los Angeles sound that rocked Chavez Ravine...

  • Rams make home fans wait, then give them a thrill in victory over Texans

    A Rams equipment man could not empty his large blue duffel bag fast enough. As joyous fans above the Coliseum tunnel yelled and held up their hands after the Rams’ 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, he tossed them footballs. He showered them with gloves. He delivered souvenirs from...

  • Sammy Watkins making a mark for Rams with blocking ability as well as pass-catching skills

    The splash play against the New York Giants came on long touchdown pass from Jared Goff. But Rams receiver Sammy Watkins also continues to make an impact on the Rams’ high-scoring offense with an overlooked part of his skill set: Blocking. Watkins, the fourth pick in the 2014 draft, blocked one...

  • Rams' Aaron Donald feeling 'fresher' at season's midpoint after sitting out training camp

    As the Rams prepare for the start of the second half of the season, one player is feeling particularly fit. “I feel good,” star defensive lineman Aaron Donald said Friday. “Healthy, fresh.” Donald, of course, sat out offseason workouts and training camp because of a still-unresolved contract dispute....

  • Rams running back Lance Dunbar expected to make season debut against Texans

    Running back Lance Dunbar, signed by the Rams to provide a change of pace from Todd Gurley, could make his debut Sunday against the Houston Texans at the Coliseum. Dunbar, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, sat out offseason workouts, training camp and the first part...

  • Rams quarterback Jared Goff named NFC offensive player of the week

    After achieving two career bests in his team’s victory over the New York Giants, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was named the NFC offensive player of the week, the NFL announced Wednesday. Goff passed for four touchdowns and 311 yards in a 55-17 victory at MetLife Stadium that improved the Rams’ record...

  • This stat shows just how fast of a start the Rams are off to this season

    As a long pass from Jared Goff arced above the field at MetLife Stadium, Rams receiver Sammy Watkins said he was “running for my life” to make sure he caught it for a touchdown. Apparently, he was moving very fast. Through its “Next Gen Stats” initiative, the NFL tracks player movement, speed and...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 51-17 victory over the New York Giants

    What we learned in the Rams’ 51-17 victory over the New York Giants: Jared Goff can throw the deep ball After connecting on a few longish passes in the first seven games, Goff finally teamed up with receiver Sammy Watkins on an extremely deep route for a touchdown. Goff’s pass traveled more than...

  • Rams finally get all their weapons involved in 51-17 win over Giants

    After finally scoring his first touchdown for the Rams on Sunday, Robert Woods danced in the end zone with Sammy Watkins and Tyler Higbee before he stopped to strike a pose. Todd Gurley caught up to the trio, dropped to a knee, played photographer and snapped a few imaginary keepsakes from MetLife...

  • Rams defense creates turnovers and offense turns that and more into a 51-17 rout of the Giants

    Aaron Donald was an equal opportunity destroyer in MetLife Stadium on Sunday. When the Rams defensive tackle got tired of tormenting the right side of the New York Giants’ offensive line, he moved to the other side and wreaked havoc anew. “I mean, he can blow up a whole play by himself,” Rams inside...

  • Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: The Rams are 5-2 for the first time since 2003

    The Rams are 5-2 for the first time since 2003 after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals during a 10-day road trip to Jacksonville and London. Join The Times’ Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry in their weekly discussion about the team. This week’s topics include: Starting strong...

  • Rams have plenty of unsung heroes who have contributed to surprising 5-2 start

    The roster features high-profile players on offense such as quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. The defense boasts three-time Pro Bowl lineman Aaron Donald and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Robert Quinn. All have made significant plays or contributions during the Rams’ run to a...

  • Rams need to get away on their off week, but then the rest is a grind

    Some Rams are leaving town to visit family or friends. Others will spend their bye week relaxing close to their Southern California homes. Even workaholic first-year coach Sean McVay, who has guided his team to a 5-2 start, said Monday that he would take time to decompress. “It will be important...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 33-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals

    What we learned in the Rams’ 33-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals: Sean McVay made a good call on the travel itinerary The Rams’ first-year coach decided that it would be best to remain in Jacksonville, rather than traveling directly to London, after the Rams played the Jaguars. The players...

  • Longest-suffering member of Rams relishes team's success this season

    The Rams returned to Los Angeles from London on Monday afternoon, the end of an 11-day road trip that could not have turned out better on the field. With victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals in hand, the 10-plus-hour flight home was no doubt far more endurable than it might...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 27-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars

    What we learned in the Rams’ 27-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars: Special teams can carry their weight – and more The kickoff-return, punt-block and field-goal units accounted for all but seven of the Rams’ points. Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. Malcolm...

  • Rams understand Adrian Peterson is older but still a threat

    He might have been riding the high from intercepting a pass in the Rams’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And he was no doubt unaware of what was happening across the country in the Arizona Cardinals’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman was...

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