NFL Week 9 live: Rams cruise past Giants 51-17


Rams make a statement with 51-17 victory over Giants

Rams Sammy Watkins (12), Robert Woods, center and Todd Gurley (30) accounted for five touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. (Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)
Rams Sammy Watkins (12), Robert Woods, center and Todd Gurley (30) accounted for five touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. (Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)

The Rams finally return to the Coliseum next week.

After a long road trip to Florida and London, an open date and a cross-country trek to New York, the Rams are coming home a different team — with a quarterback who appears to be moving toward the next level.

Jared Goff passed for a career-best four touchdowns, the defense forced three turnovers and special teams came up with big plays as the Rams routed the struggling New York Giants 51-17 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium before a crowd significantly smaller than the announced 76,871.

Running back Todd Gurley also rushed for two touchdowns as the Rams improved to 6-2 and cemented their status as a playoff contender under first-year coach Sean McVay.

The Rams led 27-10 at halftime and then pulled away with Gurley’s touchdowns and Goff’s second touchdown pass to Robert Woods.

The Rams will begin the second half of the season next Sunday against the Houston Texans.


Rams 51, Giants 17: Zuerlein makes a field goal to extend the lead


NFL Week 9 scores and schedule

Today's schedule

RAMS 51, at New York Giants 17

at Tennessee Titans 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

at New Orleans Saints 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

at Philadelphia Eagles 51, Denver Broncos 23

at Carolina Panthers 20, Atlanta Falcons 17

at Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7

Indianapolis Colts 20, at Houston Texans 14

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals 20, at San Francisco 49ers 10

at Dallas Cowboys 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins, 5:30 p.m.

Monday's schedule

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday's result

at New York Jets 34, Buffalo Bills 21


Rams 48, Giants 17: Manning crosses 50,000-yard mark en route to TD


Rams 48, Giants 10: Gurley gets his second touchdown of the third quarter


Rams 41, Giants 10: Robert Woods catches a four-yard TD pass from Jared Goff


Rams 34, Giants 10: Todd Gurley finds paydirt

Rams running back Todd Gurley scored his first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard carry.


Bengals' A.J. Green and Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey ejected after fight

Apparently Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey couldn't wait until halftime to get to the locker room. 

Both players were ejected just before halftime after an altercation on the field. 

After Ramsey pushed Green to the field, the star receiver decided he'd had enough and jumped on the Jaguars player's back, putting him in a chokehold. 

From there things got more and more out of hand with Green appearing to throw a few punches before twirling Ramsey to the ground.

The Jaguars lead the Bengals 13-7 at halftime.

Green had one catch for six yards on two targets. Ramsey had been credited with one tackle.

Ramsey and Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins have gotten noticeably chippy with each other on and off the field.


Rams 24, Giants 10: New York settles for a field goal


Rams 24, Giants 7: Sammy Watkins goes 67-yards for a touchdown


Rams 17, Giants 7: Rams convert third and 33 into 52-yard touchdown


Rams 10, Giants 7: Greg Zuerlein makes a 27-yard field goal


Was Trump behind a 2014 effort to block Jon Bon Jovi from buying the Buffalo Bills?

Jon Bon Jovi (Darryl Dyck / Associated Press)
Jon Bon Jovi (Darryl Dyck / Associated Press)

Was Donald Trump the secret force behind the seemingly grassroots 2014 campaign to block Jon Bon Jovi from buying the NFL's Buffalo Bills? 

That's what those involved are saying now, three years after the billionaire and the rocker were competing to buy the Bills. At the heart of the effort was the creation of a fan group called 12th Man Thunder that pushed to keep the team in Buffalo and exploited already rampant speculation Bon Jovi planned to move the franchise to Canada. 

Among the group's antics in the spring of 2014 were the collection of thousands of petition signatures and distribution of “Bon Jovi Free Zone” posters calling for a boycott of the band's music in bars, shops and on radio stations. All of it received widespread media coverage, including from the Associated Press. 

“At the time I wish I could have told people,” said Charles Pellien, one of the group's leaders. “I just wanted to blurt out, `Donald Trump is behind this!'" 

Neither the White House nor the Trump organization responded to requests for comment on the claim, which was first mentioned on a Buffalo-area radio show in March and reported last month by GQ magazine. 

But according to Michael Caputo, a Buffalo public relations consultant who would go on to work on Trump's presidential campaign, Trump himself came up with the idea for the group at a Trump Tower meeting in early 2014 as a way to tap into widespread fan anxiety at the time over a potential Bills move to Canada. 

“Mr. Trump was convinced that the community wouldn't stand for a move,” Caputo told the AP. “So he sent me off to try to organize something with local fans to get that rolling.” 

Once back in Buffalo, Caputo enlisted Pellien, a truck driver who lives near the Bills' stadium in Orchard Park, and others to form the volunteer group, which quickly amassed an email database of 15,000 fans. 

Speculation that Bon Jovi's group intended to move the team was fueled by the fact that it included two Canadian heavyweights, Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family, which controls Toronto-based Rogers Communications. 

And with the Bon Jovi group expected to bid more than Trump was willing to pay, Caputo said, Trump believed tapping the fan emotion would improve his position. 

“He wanted to be the hometown favorite because he would keep the Bills in Buffalo,” Caputo said. “It was always his intention to come in here on a white horse and save the team.” 

The group's first move was the petition drive that had people vowing to wash their hands of the Bills — no buying tickets or jerseys or watching games on TV — if the team moved. 

Organizers said Trumped stepped away from even behind-the-scenes involvement after signing a nondisclosure agreement attached to the bidding process that barred him from doing public outreach around it. 

Bon Jovi, whose representatives declined to comment for this story, responded to the 2014 campaign with a letter to the Buffalo News that said his ownership group's objective was “to make the Bills successful in Buffalo.” The letter came a little more than a week after AP reported that the singer's ownership group conducted a feasibility study into building a stadium in Toronto. 

In the end, 12th Man Thunder's efforts were for naught because Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula submitted a bid no one could top — $1.4 billion — and became the new owners. 

After the sale, the fan group, now known as Bills Fan Thunder and still led by Pellien, transformed into a charitable group that brings underprivileged children to their first Bills game. 


Rams 7, Giants 7: Manning connects with King for a touchdown


Rams 7, Giants 0: Gurley's big run sets up a Higbee touchdown


Vin Scully says he'll never watch an NFL game again because of anthem protests

It's not that I'm some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year. Didn't go anywhere, didn't do anything, but I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. 


So, the only thing I can do, in my little way is not to preach, I will never watch another NFL game.

Vin Scully, former Dodgers broadcaster

Is Tom Brady available? 49ers general manager John Lynch reportedly asked for TB12

It never hurts to ask.

San Francisco 49ers rookie general manager John Lynch must live by the rule. Earlier this week the 49ers traded the New England Patriots their second-round pick in the 2018 draft for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

But that's not the most interesting part of the story. According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the 49ers were originally told Garoppolo was off limits.

So Lynch apparently called back to ask if four-time Super Bowl MVP, five-time champion, 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady was available. 

Yeah, that would be a "no."


Rams uniform update: They're wearing white and blue today


Surprise! Jaguars bench Leonard Fournette for violation of team rules

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will be inactive for Jacksonville's game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday because of an unspecified violation of team rules. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will be inactive for Jacksonville's game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday because of an unspecified violation of team rules. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running Leonard Fournette is back! No, wait, he's not.

Jacksonville declared Fournette inactive for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Twitter with a statement from coach Doug Marrone:

The rookie out of Louisiana State has 596 yards on 130 carries with a team-leading six rushing touchdowns. 

Fournette missed the Jaguars' 27-0 victory over the Indianapolis Colts with an ankle injury. Fournette appeared to suffer an injury to his ankle during the team's 27-17 loss to the Rams in Week 6, though he did return to the game.

So this week, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, who rushed for 122 yards in nine carries with one touchdown in Fournette's absence last week, will be splitting carries again.

Who's in, who's out: Rams and Giants inactives