by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Rams safety Rodney McLeod came down with his first interception of the season Week 2 at Tampa Bay. It was his third career pick. He picked off Josh McCown in the first quarter. He registered five total tackles -- all solo -- and one pass defended in a 19-17 victory.
Rams do just enough to get the job done vs. Bucs
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Rams defense did just enough to get the job done in Week 2 at Tampa Bay.
The Rams were unable to solve Tampa Bay's rushing attack, as Bobby Rainey gashed the defense for 144 yards on the ground. St. Louis forced one turnover and recorded one sack. Rodney McLeod came down with the game's only interception in the first quarter. E.J. Gaines and Eugene Sims shared the only sack of the day for the Rams.
The Rams will be back at home to host the Cowboys in Week 3.
Matt Conrath promoted as Chris Long heads to short-term IR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/11/14) The Rams officially placed defensive end Chris Long (ankle) on short-term injured reserve Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Defensive lineman Matt Conrath was promoted from the practice squad to take Long's roster spot.
Chris Long needs ankle surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/10/14) Rams defensive end Chris Long will undergo surgery on his injured ankle and will miss at least a few games, coach Jeff Fisher said. He had played 95 straight games. William Hayes will fill in starting Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Rams defense struggles vs. Vikings in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/7/14) The Rams defense came up short in Week 1, recording just one sack and no turnovers in the team's 34-6 loss to the Vikings.
Linebackers Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Alec Ogletree split the sack, leaving the Rams' vaunted front four to be shut out in the game. Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel was able to complete 68 percent of his passes, and the Rams surrendered a long rushing touchdown to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, though they did do a good job limiting Adrian Peterson to 75 rushing yards on 21 carries. The Rams will hope to bounce back in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.
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The Rams DST is overlooked playing in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers, but they have been a Top 10 Fantasy unit for the past two years. In 2013, the Rams had 53 sacks, which ranked third in the NFL behind Carolina and Buffalo, with 14 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, six defensive touchdowns and one safety. The fumble recoveries were tied for first in the NFL with Kansas City and the six touchdowns were tied for third with Dallas. St. Louis has a dynamic return man in Tavon Austin and the Rams have elite defenders in James Laurinaitis, Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Alec Ogletree and Janoris Jenkins. We like the Rams as a No. 1 Fantasy DST again this year and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues.