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Two out of three ain't bad, but 2-1 Rams are keeping things in perspective

The Rams have not won a division title since 2003 or played in a postseason game since 2004. So despite a 2-1 start that puts them in first place in the NFC West, no one associated with the franchise is getting too far ahead of themselves after three games, especially Coach Jeff Fisher. “Do the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anticipated matchup between Rams' Jared Goff and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston isn't likely

    Anticipated matchup between Rams' Jared Goff and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston isn't likely

    It had the makings of a marquee matchup, a potential duel between the top picks in the last two NFL drafts. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in 2015, going up against Rams quarterback Jared Goff, this year’s No. 1 pick. That was the thought in late April anyway. Five...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rams need directions to the end zone

    Rams need directions to the end zone

    The Rams, the only NFL team without a touchdown, are trying to keep it light. Coach Jeff Fisher gathered the offense in the end zone before practice this week at Cal Lutheran and instructed all the players to touch a ball, ostensibly to give them the feeling of what it’s like to finish a drive...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Rams tape review: Big passes from Case Keenum, a save by Troy Hill and a forced fumble to win

    Rams tape review: Big passes from Case Keenum, a save by Troy Hill and a forced fumble to win

    The Rams made their return to the Coliseum on Sunday a triumphant one with a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Each week we review the tape to see what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed from the previous week. Today, we focus on the passing game. What: Seahawks FB Will Tukuafu...

  • Case Keenum to remain Rams' starting quarterback — at least at Tampa Bay

    Case Keenum to remain Rams' starting quarterback — at least at Tampa Bay

    Rams quarterback Case Keenum ranks near the bottom of NFL statistics in several categories. But the Rams are 1-1 and tied for first place in the NFC West after Keenum helped lead them to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. So pump the brakes, for now, on Jared Goff. Keenum is expected to be under...

  • Things you might have missed in Sunday's Rams-Seahawks game

    Things you might have missed in Sunday's Rams-Seahawks game

    Did you notice these small details that often led to big plays in the Rams’ 9-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum? FIRST QUARTER The Rams settled for a field goal on their first possession but could have lengthened the drive if Case Keenum had spotted some wide-open...

  • What we learned from Rams' 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks

    What we learned from Rams' 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks

    The Rams don’t know their way to the end zone. The Rams enter Week 3 as the only NFL team without a touchdown. They’re taking baby steps. After not reaching the 20-yard-line against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams crossed into the red zone once against the Seahawks. They scored all of their points...

  • Rams need to get Todd Gurley more touches and space to run

    Rams need to get Todd Gurley more touches and space to run

    Todd Gurley is a man of few words. Two weeks into the regular season, he’s also been a man of few yards. “Whatever,” Gurley said. Except if you’re the Rams, it’s not, “Whatever.” Gurley is to the Rams what Kobe Bryant was to the Lakers, what Corey Seager is to the Dodgers. When opponents contain...

  • Rams notes: Kenny Britt gets into a rhythm with Case Keenum

    Rams notes: Kenny Britt gets into a rhythm with Case Keenum

    Tavon Austin is regarded as the Rams’ No. 1 receiver, but Kenny Britt was Case Keenum’s top target on Sunday in the Rams’ 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum. Britt caught six passes for 94 yards. “We have that rhythm,” Britt said of his connection with Keenum. “We have a thing...

  • Rams cornerback Troy Hill is tested in win over Seahawks

    Rams cornerback Troy Hill is tested in win over Seahawks

    From the moment Rams cornerback Troy Hill stepped on the Coliseum field early in the second quarter on Sunday, he could sense Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson eyeing him like a vulture sizing up his prey. Hill, an undrafted free agent from Oregon who replaced the struggling Coty Sensabaugh...

  • After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud

    After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud

    This is what happens when you wait two decades for the return of your football team. You don’t leave early. You stay to the sweltering end. You raise your sweaty souls above creaky Coliseum seats in the final moments of their homecoming game and you roar with hope and rage and history. You roar...

  • Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

    Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

    For nine magical years, Rick Carr was the guy beside the guy. He handled security for the USC football team, so he was a permanent game-day fixture at the side of Pete Carroll, matching the coach stride for stride onto and off of the field, and virtually everywhere else. So when Carr got the call...

  • It wasn't pretty but Rams win home opener, 9-3, over Seahawks

    It wasn't pretty but Rams win home opener, 9-3, over Seahawks

    Hollywood-style entertainment abounded Sunday at the Coliseum. The Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked the crowd before kickoff. Singer CeeLo Green delivered an inspired national anthem. And television host James Corden danced with cheerleaders, presumably before taking off to attend the Emmy Awards up...

  • Rams punter Johnny Hekker has some history with the Seattle Seahawks

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker has some history with the Seattle Seahawks

    Though many Rams players and coaches welcomed the short week to forget about their season-opening loss on Sept. 12, punter Johnny Hekker probably could have used an extra day to recover. Hekker punted 10 times in the Rams’ 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Monday night game.  “I think...

  • Rams who must deliver: It all starts with the quarterback

    Rams who must deliver: It all starts with the quarterback

    Quarterback Case Keenum. After an unproductive performance in the opener at San Francisco, Keenum said he must stop overthinking and trust himself to make the right decisions. Keenum completed 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a victory over the Seahawks last season. Running back...

  • Ask Farmer: Now there's only two NFL games on TV Sunday in L.A. instead of three?

    Ask Farmer: Now there's only two NFL games on TV Sunday in L.A. instead of three?

    Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com Now that the Rams are in town, are we not going to get NFL doubleheaders on CBS?...

  • Rams hope to reshape rowdy reputation of Coliseum in NFL circles

    Rams hope to reshape rowdy reputation of Coliseum in NFL circles

    The stories of NFL games at the Coliseum are legendary, but not the nostalgic kind that fans remember fondly. Fights in the stands broke out like brush fires, so frequent and so spirited in those old Los Angeles Raiders days that players would turn around on the sidelines to watch the action in...

  • Rams will try to bounce back against the Seahawks in L.A. homecoming

    Rams will try to bounce back against the Seahawks in L.A. homecoming

    The Coliseum will be packed, the Rams are donning nostalgic throwback uniforms and the franchise’s Hall of Fame players are set to be honored. So much for the guaranteed celebrations, though. After a 22-year wait, the NFL officially returns to Los Angeles on Sunday when the Rams play host to the...

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