Home » Sport

Los Angeles Rams face their biggest test of the season now

07 January, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Experts heavily favoring Rams over Falcons for wild-card matchup

The Los Angeles Rams finish the season with 11 wins and 6 losses, exceeding all expectations after finishing just 4-12 a year ago.

One of the factors that usually plays a big role in deciding which team wins a playoff game is turnovers, and the Falcons hope their three-takeaway performance against the Panthers can carry over to Saturday's game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Despite all the punchlines, the Rams hardly have reason to hang their heads.

McVay engineered the turnaround with a quarterback in Jared Goff whom some were writing off a year ago, and with running back Todd Gurley, who has always had undeniable talent but had a disappointing season in 2016.

This will be the fourth playoff matchup between these two teams and the first since the Eagles won the 2004 NFC Championship at the Linc to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX. The 2017 Rams showed what a difference a coach can make.

"That's not something I worry about or think about too much", he said. They were the third NFC South team to make the field, and they enter the playoffs with very modest expectations nationally - even as the only team in the conference to return to the postseason from last season. Scarcely a day went by during the Rams' playoff push when McVay didn't publicly express his gratitude for being able to rely on the experiences and strategies accumulated by Phillips. If not for an inconsequential missed field goal at the end of the Seahawks' game on Sunday, it would have been the Falcons' three-point victory in Seattle on November 20 that would have proved the tiebreaker.

Goff was not the only young Rams player who was off on Saturday. While the Rams will have some questions to solve on defense, offense won't be an issue moving into 2018.

Many teams would have crumbled the season after surrendering a 25-point Super Bowl lead in one of the biggest collapses in USA sport history.

Phillips changed the Rams' scheme from a 4-3 front to a 3-4, but that strategy includes many lineups with five players hitting the line and four-man rushes.

In an on-field interview after the game, Matt Ryan laughed when asked how the game had compared to the Falcons' hard season. Phillips has campaigned for Donald to get league MVP consideration. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan leads a once-prolific offense that has struggled to find consistency under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "I don't know if that really gives me value". Matt Ryan and company got into the playoffs in the final week of the regular season, but this has been a moment waiting for the Rams for quite some time.


  • E. coli outbreak in US, Canada may be linked to romaine lettuce

    Young children, the elderly and anyone with a condition that weakens the immune system are at a greater risk for illness. Two of the hospitalized patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome , a type of kidney failure.

    LG HU80KA 4K Projector Stands Upright

    Considering the LG Full HD projectors top out at 2,000 lumens that's an impressive jump up for this beast of a unit. LG has just made another announcement for a product that will be debuting at CES next week in Las Vegas.
    Indian man with wife beside, gropes U.S.  woman, arrested

    Indian man with wife beside, gropes U.S. woman, arrested

    Ramamoorthy has worked as a project manager in Metro Detroit for more than two years, defense lawyer Richard O'Neill said. The miscreant was seated in the middle seat next to his wife, with 22-year-old victim seated in the window seat.
  • Jesse Lingard scores an absolute screamer to help Man United beat Derby

    Jesse Lingard scores an absolute screamer to help Man United beat Derby

    Carson then made a flying save to keep out a Pogba free kick in the final stages of the first period, which finished goalless. The 32-year-old stopper had previously denied a Juan Mata free-kick and was having a fine, but busy half.
    Central Florida's last Kmart will close this spring

    Central Florida's last Kmart will close this spring

    It has closed more than 1,000 stores in the past few years, including Kmarts in Fayetteville and Goldsboro last year. The company says the exact number of employees affected is not available, but a majority of the jobs are part-time.
    Nokia 6 (2018) impromptu photo shoot surfaces

    Nokia 6 (2018) impromptu photo shoot surfaces

    Weighing 172 grams, the Nokia 6 (2018) has a metal body and it houses a 3000 mAh battery with the fast charging support. Coming to Nokia 6 (2018), it features the same 5.5-inch Full HD resolution display that we saw on Nokia 6 .
  • Jon Gruden to be named coach of Oakland Raiders

    Jon Gruden to be named coach of Oakland Raiders

    The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr.to play-caller John Pagano. The Rooney Rules requires National Football League teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching vacancies.
    Packers reportedly gave Mike McCarthy 1-year extension during season

    Packers reportedly gave Mike McCarthy 1-year extension during season

    McCarthy is 131-78-1 (including 10-8 in the postseason) with one Super Bowl in his 12 National Football League seasons. Thompson has been the team's general manager, executive vice president and director of football operations since 2005.
    Twins born in different years as first New Year's babies arrive

    Twins born in different years as first New Year's babies arrive

    She was a little smaller at 4 pounds, 10 ounces and 16 inches long and was delivered by caesarean section, KERO reported . One child was born in the late hours of December 31, 2017 and the other was born on January 1, 2018.
  • 'Unfinished business': Raiders announce Jon Gruden's return

    'Unfinished business': Raiders announce Jon Gruden's return

    Gruden reportedly is set to strike a deal for 10 years and $100 million to be the Raiders' next head coach , ESPN reported Friday. Fellow Oakland coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Gruden, but also noted that it was a lot more than he is making .
    HP recalls computer batteries due to fire and burn hazards

    HP recalls computer batteries due to fire and burn hazards

    "We are taking immediate action to address this issue including a voluntary recall and replacement of the batteries". Customers should go to www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall.
    Long Lines At Miami International Airport Due To US Customs Computer Issue

    Long Lines At Miami International Airport Due To US Customs Computer Issue

    CBS News reported approximately 2,000 passengers were left waiting in customs lines at Miami International Airport. The outage is affecting other airports across the county, according to an official familiar with the situation.


Fodder scam case: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets jail term of 3.5 years
There were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. Ranchi- RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case .

Elder Dragons Trailer Revealed For Monster Hunter
This information has upset many gamers who were waiting for Monster Hunter: World on PC much earlier. Capcom also unveiled new Monster Hunter themed hardware for Japan, as well as PS4 bundles.

Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson's home gutted in fire, arson investigation underway
Investigators are speaking to a person of interest, but warrants have not been obtained in this case. "I am devastated, just devastated", Johnson told Al.com on Friday morning.

Tesla says its Model 3 production nightmare is almost over
Tesla shares, despite paring some gains from a high of $385 in September, still trade at 46 percent above their price a year ago. That number fell well short of Elon Musk's promise of producing 20,000 Model 3 sedans per month beginning in December.

Failed missile test hits North Korean town
Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 a year ago . The missile was said to be a Hwasong-12 model with an estimated operational range of 3,700-6,000km.

Paladins Announces Team Based Battle Royale Mode
Heroes will be able to hop onto their mounts and start exploring the map, looting all sorts of gear to take on other players. "Designed from the ground-up to be played in teams , players must work together to survive in Paladins: Battlegrounds ".

Mariah Carey Finally Got Her Hot Tea on New Year's Eve
She also stayed on in mostly one spot onstage for the majority of her performance, further removing any possibility of a disaster. Well, Carey made a decision to redeem herself and her career and make another appearance at the annual New Year's Eve show.

Telegram 4.7 update now lets users have multiple accounts and reply quickly
A previous update rolled out to Telegram on Android earlier in the month, but we are most excited about the Telegram 4.7 update. Telegram 4.7 is available to download in the Play Store now, and you can grab the update by clicking/tapping the button above.

United States calls for emergency UN session on Iran protests
Haley said the US will call for an emergency session of the U.N.in NY , as well as at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We must not make that mistake again".

23 hurt, including firefighter, in Bronx blaze
The displaced residents were placed on an MTA bus so they could keep warm while firefighters continued battling the blaze. At least 23 people are injured in a fire that breaks out in a building in the Bronx, New York City, on January 2, 2018 .