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Defense leads the way in upset win over Broncos


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Rams defense came up with arguably their best performance of the season in Week 11, as they shut down the Broncos offense in a 22-7 win.

The Rams allowed 397 yards of total offense, but held the Broncos out of the end zone almost all day, with just one long pass getting the Broncos in. The Rams came up with a pair of sacks and intercepted quarterback Peyton Manning twice, his third game in a row with at least two picks.

The Rams have been about as inconsistent as a DST unit can be this season, with four 10-plus Fantasy point games and six with seven or under their belt so far. They will look to keep their Week 11 success up in Week 12, with a matchup against the Chargers on the game. 


Rams go sack crazy in Week 9


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) The Rams, who were expected to have a good pass rush coming into the year but had recorded just six sacks through their first seven games, more than doubled their season total with eight, two of which resulted in fumbles, Week 9 at San Francisco. They also limited the 49ers to just 10 points on 263 yards after allowing an average of 30.0 points on 375.6 yards in their first seven games.

Of the Rams' 14 sacks this season, 13 have come in their last three games. They seem to be trending the right direction. Still, the Rams DST has been too inconsistent to trust with an unfavorable matchup Week 10 at Arizona.


Rams DST can't stop Chiefs either


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) The Rams had another poor defensive showing Week 8 at Kansas City, giving up more than 30 points for the fourth time in five games. They allowed 34, to be precise, on 361 yards. They did recover a fumble and record two sacks to give them five (of six total this season) in their last two games, but that wasn't enough to redeem the Rams DST in Fantasy.

In their last five games, the Rams have allowed an average of 31.8 points on 389.6 yards, and they don't seem to have much big-play potential on the defensive side of the ball either. You can leave the Rams on waivers for Week 9 at San Francisco.


Janoris Jenkins among Rams players inactive Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Rams center Tim Barnes, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, quarterback Case Keenum, tight end Alex Bayer, defensive end Ethan Westbrooks and safety Maurice Alexander were all ruled inactive Week 8 at Kansas City.

Punt return makes Rams DST's day


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) The Rams didn't have a banner day defensively Week 7 against Seattle. OK, so they contributed three sacks after having just one in their first five games combined, but they also allowed 26 points on 463 yards. Nothing special.

No, they saved that for the special teams. Wide receiver Stedman Bailey, with the help of usual punt returner Tavon Austin, faked out the Seahawks punt unit with a 90-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Because of that, the Rams DST ended up having a pretty good day in Fantasy, scoring a season-high 11 points in standard CBSSports.com leagues.

You shouldn't count on that every week, and really, 11 points isn't that impressive of a number anyway. Leave the Rams DST on waivers for Week 8 at Kansas City.


Rams coach continues to back cornerback Janoris Jenkins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Rams coach Jeff Fisher offered a vote of confidence Wednesday for cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was beat for two touchdowns during a loss Monday against the 49ers. 

"He's playing corner, it's the hardest position to play in this league," Fisher said. "The great part about him is that he's got a short memory. He doesn't let those things bother him. He doesn't make mistakes on purpose, understands our defense. I have no concern with his production and his play at this point."


Not getting any better for Rams DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) The Rams DST entered the 2014 season with so much promise, but it continued to flounder Week 6 against San Francisco, giving up 31 points on a season-high 432 yards. It was the fourth time in five games that it allowed more than 30 points.

Most disappointing has been the Rams' pass rush. It again went without a sack in Week 6 and has only one all season. The second-worst team in that category has five. While the Rams did have a takeaway in this game, recovering a fumble in the first quarter, they're only 21st in that category as well.

Basically, nothing good can come from starting the Rams DST in Fantasy. It doesn't have a particularly good matchup with the Seahawks coming to town in Week 7, so you can leave it on waivers.


Rams allow another 30-plus point game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Rams came out on the short end of a shootout Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Eagles.

The Rams defense actually held their own, as the Eagles scored 14 of their 34 points on special teams and defenses. The Eagles' offense managed just 352 yards on 70 plays, and the Rams forced three turnovers. Unfortunately, their issues with pass rushing continued, as they failed to take Nick Foles down in the game.

The Rams' defense has allowed 30-plus points in three of four games, and has a tough matchup on the way in Week 6, with the 49ers on the schedule.


Rams defense held sackless, scores touchdown in Week 3


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Rams didn't record a sack in Week 3's 34-31 loss to the Cowboys but did return an interception for a touchdown in the game.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn saw plenty of double and triple teams with Chris Long sidelined, and none of his linemates were able to set up and hit Tony Romo with a sack. With the Rams already up 14-0 in the second quarter, cornerback Janoris Jenkins stepped in front of a Romo pass and cut an easy path to the end zone after making the pick. Defensive back Cody Davis managed to recover a DeMarco Murray fumble in the first quarter, giving the defense two turnovers on the day. The highly-regarded Rams defense has just one sack through three games heading into a Week 4 bye. A matchup with the Eagles awaits them on the other side of the week off.


Rams rule two defenders out for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Rams defensive backs Trumaine Johnson (knee) and Brandon McGee have both been ruled out for Week 3 against the Cowboys, after their injuries kept them out of action during practice.

They are the only players on the defensive side of the ball listed on the injury report for Week 3's game. 


Rodney McLeod gets first interception of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/11/2014) 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
(9/10/2014) 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
(9/7/2014) 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.


Rams DST could thrive in Week 1 vs. Vikings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) The Rams defense found a way to get scarier this offseason, selecting draftnik darling Aaron Donald in the first round to add to a front four that already includes Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers. That fearsome foursome has a good chance to wreak havoc on the Vikings in Week 1.

The Rams also enjoyed addition by subtraction when they parted ways with the regularly overmatched Cortland Finnegan this offseason. A unit that was dominant against the run last year should be able to do as good a job against Adrian Peterson as is possible. But teams will likely find it tougher to pass on the Rams this season; though the team was the worst in the league against No. 1 receivers last year, thanks in large part to Finnegan, they excelled against No. 2 wide receivers and were also the top team in the league at defending tight ends, per Football Outsiders.

The Vikings represent a nice matchup for the Rams, as Minnesota the 11th-best offense for DSTs to face last season. The Rams deservedly check in as top-five options for both CBSSports.com Fantasy experts this week.


Trumaine Johnson to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rams head coach Jeff Fisher announced that cornerback Trumaine Johnson will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL, the team announced.

Rams lose three defensive players in preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (knee) and defensive tackles Michael Brockers (ankle) and Kendall Langford (ankle) each left Saturday's preseason game against the Browns with injuries. All three players left in the first half and were unable to return to the game, per ESPN.

Janoris Jenkins still uncertain for preseason game vs. Green Bay


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Rams defensive back Janoris Jenkins participated in practice on Thursday, but remains uncertain for Saturday's preseason game against the Packers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Head coach Jeff Fisher was not definitive whether Jenkins would make his preseason debut against Green Bay.

Trumaine Johnson, Brandon McGee to make preseason debut vs. Green Bay


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Rams cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Brandon McGee, who who were held out of the preseason opener against New Orleans, will play Saturday against Green Bay, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday.

LaCanfora: Rams expected to cut Cortland Finnegan


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan is not expected to return to the team next season, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora. 

LaCanfora reports there is no way a team still trying to build and with almost no cap room will pay Finnegan $6 million with a $10 million cap hit, especially at the end of his career. He says if Finnegan is designated a post-June 1 cut, the Rams save $9 million in cap space.

Finnegan appeared in just seven games in 2013 and finished with 27 tackles and one interception.


James Laurinaitis: Rams are a Top 5 defense


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Now that the Rams have hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the expectations are he will help the unit become a Top 5 defense in 2014, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

At least one player is buying in.

"There are no excuses for this defense not to do that," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "We're fired up ... it is a buy-in program. You're going to see a team working hard every day. There are absolutely no excuses. We need to be a Top 5 defensive team."


Alec Ogletree to increase sack total?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) With the Rams hiring Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, the team likely will blitz more on third down, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That could mean more "pass-rush sorties" by linebacker Alec Ogletree, the report said.

Ogletree had 1.5 sacks during a fine rookie year in which he recorded 118 tackles, nine passes defensed, six forced fumbles and an interception.


Cortland Finnegan might have to take big pay cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) If the Rams want cornerback Cortland Finnegan back in 2014, it will almost certainly be at a significantly reduced price, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Finnegan is two years through a five-year, $50 million contract. He turns 30 next month.

Finnegan allowed three touchdown passes in the first four games this season before suffering a fractured orbital below his left eye. It appears surgery won't be necessary.

“That’s a bone issue,” general manager Les Snead told the paper. “As we all know with bones, only time can heal that. It’s not a major (injury) but because it’s up near your eye we’d better let this thing heal.”

If the Rams don't restructure his contract, Finnegan would count $10 million against the 2014 salary cap. That's way too much for a nickel corner.


Robert Quinn narrowly misses sack title


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Rams defensive end Robert Quinn registered his sixth sack in the final three games Week 17 at Seattle, giving him 19 this season. He finished a half-sack behind Indianapolis' Robert Mathis for the NFL sack title.

Quinn was trying to become the first Ram to win the sack title since Kevin Carter (17) did it in 1999. Quinn heads to the Pro Bowl after a phenomenal season in which he had 57 tackles, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Quinn has virtually doubled his sack total every year, going from five to 10 1/2 to 19 this season.