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Todd Gurley is getting frustrated

The Rams can try all they want to spin this thing positively. The reality is that running back Todd Gurley is no longer a centerpiece of the team’s offense. And Gurley seems to be getting upset about it.

He had a career-low five carries in Sunday’s 40-point outburst against the Bucs, who scored 55. For the season, he has 49 rushing attempts and 11 pass receptions in four games. That’s an average of 15 touches per game.

Through four games in 2018, he had 94 touches (23.5 per game). Through four games in 2017, the year Gurley was named the NFL’s offensive player of the year, he had 106 touches (26.5 per game).

Clearly, he’s not the player he recently was. Whether it’s a knee that has an “arthritic component” or a conscious decision to de-emphasize his involvement in order to save him for later in the year, Gurley doesn’t like what’s going on.

He didn’t say it during his press conference in advance of Thursday night’s game at Seattle, but watch his demeanor and listen to his answers. He’s currently not interested in talking to the media, about anything.

The Rams also weren’t interested in adding his final exchange with reporters to the transcripts that the team so diligently disseminates on a near-daily basis. Gurley’s transcript omits a question regarding whether Gurley playing alternating series is the coach’s decision or the player’s decision and Gurley’s salty answer to it.

“I think you asked this question before, so take the answer I gave you last time,” Gurley said.

The reporter pointed out that he didn’t recall ever asking that question.

“I don’t remember giving you the question either,” Gurley said, as the press conference ended.

It’s a tough situation for Gurley. Whatever the reason for his dramatically reduced role, his role is indeed dramatically reduced, and he seems to be working through the uncomfortable process of coming to terms with the fact that his best days have ended — and that his time with the Rams could be ending sooner than later, and possibly as soon as March.

Dwayne Haskins wishes he was Daniel Jones.

Dwayne Haskins once said it was a mistake for the Giants to not have picked him. His only real mistake was coming into the game today.

Nine completions, seventeen attempts, 107 yards, and three interceptions on his rookie debut. Not quite Nathan Peterman numbers but clearly not the guy you want your city to believe in.

Then you look at his Giant’s counterpart, a young man from Duke who in two short weeks has given a previously crumbling franchise their new Messiah. Two games, two wins and their already almost half way to their 2018 win total and for the second straight week he did it all without Saquon Barkley due to a high ankle sprain.

It may of been only two games for Jones and one game for Haskins, but it seems pretty clear to me the Gants won the 2019 quarterback draft. The Giants have their new franchise quarterback, and the redskins will be spending another first rounder in the next two years.

Danny Dimes is here to stay, while Haskins will be pulling the Antonio Brown and signing up for online courses back at Ohio State before the end of the season.

Key Stats for Rams vs Buccaneers

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Buc’s Offense

  1. The Bucs O-line has struggled so far to start. Thru 3 games they’ve given a total of 10 sacks and with starting center Ryan Jensen still hurt and questionable on the injury report it could only get worse going up against that strong Rams defense line. If the Rams take an early lead and the Bucs are forced to pass more than they’d like to I’d expect no less than five sacks for the Rams defense.
  2. The Bucs struggle on 3rd downs a lot. Last week against the Giants when they put up 31 points they were only 4 for 14. Their best game on their best game for third downs was week 1 against the Niners where they were 5 for 11 but lost the game by 14 and the game was never even that close.
  3. The Bucs rank 31 in red zone offense for the 2019 season. Thru three games they have had 11 trips to the red zone and have only converted 3 of the those trips into touchdowns.

Defense

1. The Bucs can stop the run very well. In their last two games the Panthers and the Giants ran for 111 yards combined. With Christian McCaffrey only carrying for 37 yards and Saquon Barkley only carrying for 10 yards. While Barkley did leave the game early with a high ankle sprain before the injury he only had the 10 yards on 8 carries for an abysmal 1.25 yards per carry.

2. Shaquil Barrett is leading the league in sacks with eight sacks and the Bucs as a team only have nine sacks. Shaquil will be coming off the left edge so he’ll have Whitworth to deal with, our best versus their best.

3. The Bucs scoring defense is not strong ranking 22nd in the league at 25.7 points per game, but they clamp down in the red zone. They have the 3rd strongest red zone defense only allowing touchdowns on 30% of opposing teams red zone trips.

Better loses half a million on Browns against the Rams

One ambitious gambler put a crazy $506,000 on the Browns to cover as 3.5 point home underdogs. The bet was placed at William Hill sportsbook at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.

It is reportedly the largest bet of the NFL season so far and is the largest bet ever placed at William Hill. As far the William Hill spokesperson could remember. The bet went against the popular option of many bettors as 94% of the money was on the Rams with either money line or the spread. The sportsbook has no problem with the whooping bet as the bettor was described as a regular customer with the sportsbook.

The Rams-Browns was a disaster for most sportsbook as the Rams were able to cover even with a late drive by the Browns that ended at the Rams 20 yard line.

Daniel Jones Giants QB of the Future.

In one solo game Daniel Jones proved what many of his own Giant’s fan doubted, that he can be the Giants QB of the future. 23 for 36 with 336 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns and he did it all without Saquon Barkley. He may of turned the ball over two times, but he got it done when he had to.

The Hawks trade up for No.4 Pick

The Atlanta Hawks have aqcuired the Pelican’s number4 pick in exhange for the number 8, 17, and the 35 picks; The Pelicans are also sending Solomon Hill, the number 57 and a future second round pick.

The trade is either to acquire De’Andre Hunter trade the 6’7″ small forward from Virginia who is strong two way player who can stretch the floor from beyond the arc if he is needed, but his game is mainly built on below the rim of the mid-range jump shot.

Or it could be to acquire Darius Garland the 6’2″ point guard from Vanderbilt. Who is the strongest point guard and pure shooter outside Ja Morant in the draft. Garland has had alot of buzz around him within the last week leading up to the draft and this trade could be the move to make sure the Hawks get their guy.

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Carson Wentz, Eagles Agree to 4-Year Contract Extension

Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles reached an agreement Thursday on a four year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2024 season.

The monetary terms of the deal were not released yet.

The 26 year old North Dakota State Product threw 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his rookie season. The had a breakout season in 2017 where he threw for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven picks across only 13 appearances.

Wentz season was cut short when he tore his ACL in Week 14 against the Rams. However Nick Foles would take the starting QB role and lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

In the 2018 season while he performed well he would only play 11 games, first waiting for his ACL to heal and then have his season end early for a reoccurring back injury.

Wentz contract extension was a guarantee when they let Nick Foles walk instead of signing himas the potential future of the franchise or the strongest backup in the NFL for Wentz.

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Stephen A Smith lists his top 5 and Giannis didn’t make the list

His list is

1. KD

2. Lebron

3. Kawhi

4. AD

5. Curry

Most of this list I don’t hate, KD and Lebron are far above the rest of the league they can score whenever they want, defend, pass, and both can pull down boards. Kawhi is just a consistent winner the championship he won against the Heat he carried an old Spurs to a title they should of ultimately lost and he’s doing the same with this Raptors team even though they will eventually lose to an overpowered Warriors team. I can agree with Curry at 5 the man knows how to shot and comes up in the clutch. Without him the Warriors wouldn’t of won one championship.

However AD making the top 5 is atrocious the man hasn’t played a meaningful basketball game in his life. If you look at their careers obviously AD has the better one so far he came into the league as force and Giannis didn’t. If Giannis develops a jump shot he’s a Lebron level player and AD could never dream of that. As Stephen A once said stay off the weed.

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Steph Curry is a Joke

Yes the Warriors won the game but the warriors are Hardly Curry’s team. He didn’t even attempt a shot in the 4th with KD gone and Klay Thompson missing most of the 4th.

The Warriors didn’t win that game the Raptors lost it. Kyle Lowry has been outplayed the entire series. And the Raptors only shot 28% from 3 in Game 2. What a Joke.

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Thursday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction and Preview

The desert was kind to Seattle on Sunday, as the Seahawks methodically took care of the Arizona Cardinals in a 27-10 win. It was a game in which the Seahawks systematically steamrolled Arizona in all three phases. Russell Wilson was efficient throwing the ball, completing 22-of-28 passes for 240 yards with one touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly. Chris Carson got back on track, taking care of the football and rushing for 104 yards on 22 carries. Jadeveon Clowney displayed his impressive speed and athleticism on his 27-yard interception return in the first quarter to give Seattle a 10-0 lead that it would never relinquish.

Los Angeles will be looking to have a very short memory this week after losing a wild, 55-40 affair to Tampa Bay at home for its first loss. Jared Goff completed 45-of-68 passes for 517 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. Goff also fumbled the ball with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter, and it was returned for a touchdown by former Ram Ndamukong Suh to put the game away for the Buccaneers. The running game was nonexistent; Los Angeles ran the ball 11 times for 28 yards as the Rams fell behind 21-0 and had to switch to a pass-heavy game plan. The Los Angeles secondary had nothing for Jameis Winston, who completed 28-of-41 passes for 385 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Los Angeles at Seattle

Kickoff: Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8:20 p.m. ET

TV: FOX/NFL Network

Spread: Seahawks -1.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Pass protection

Keeping the quarterback upright is always critical when these two teams get together. Russell Wilson has been sacked 12 times so far in four games, and that number would be higher if not for Wilson’s escapability. Wilson is going to have to get rid of the ball quickly; historically, the Seahawks’ offensive line has had its issues with the Aaron Donald-led Rams defensive front. Jared Goff has been sacked 10 times so far in 2019 and was under siege all day long on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Expect Seattle defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. to call upon his defensive front to blitz a bit more than normal early on to get Goff out of rhythm. Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Mychal Kendricks will need to make plays all night and take advantage of any opportunities to cause havoc.

2. Seahawks wide receivers vs. Rams secondary

This particular storyline will be fun to watch unfold. Tampa Bay was aggressive and not afraid to go after Los Angeles with some deep shots to stretch the defense, and they hit a couple of big plays for backbreaking touchdowns. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are the best deep threats for the Seahawks, and they both need to see a couple of deep-ball targets in the opening quarter. Tight end Will Dissly will also need to get the ball on intermediate routes down the middle of the field to keep the Rams honest. Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and the rest of the Rams secondary have to put Sunday’s struggles behind them, as they will be facing a much better quarterback in Wilson on Thursday night. There are a couple of minor health concerns for the Rams in their secondary; Peters got evaluated for a concussion, and rookie safety Taylor Rapp left the game with an ankle injury.

3. Feed Todd Gurley

Gurley heads into Week 5 looking for his first 100-yard rushing game of the 2019 season. Gurley got off to a good start in Week 1 at Carolina, rushing for 97 yards on 14 carries. However, over the last three games, Gurley has rushed for just 122 yards on 35 carries. The lack of consistent touches for Gurley makes you wonder what, if anything, is wrong with him health-wise. On the other hand, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay and the rest of the offensive staff could be feeling pressure to throw the ball more than normal to justify Goff’s $134 million contract. It is going to be very important for the Rams to stay patient with the running game on Thursday night, as Gurley has had plenty of success in the past running the ball against the Seahawks defense. A more balanced look offensively will stress the Seattle defense.

Final Analysis

In 2018, these two teams played two games in which each team scored north of 30 points, and this game on Thursday night should not be any different. Jared Goff will spread the ball around to Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks without a ton of difficulty. Russell Wilson will stay in a zone and not turn the ball over, but the pressure by the Rams will eventually catch up to Wilson in the second half. Los Angeles will end up outlasting the Seahawks in a high-scoring, entertaining affair that will pay NFL fans back for the hard-to-watch Cincinnati-Pittsburgh Monday night game that wrapped up Week 4.

Prediction: Rams 38, Seahawks 34

Marcus Peters expected to play Thursday after clearing concussion tests

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was rocked by a shot to the head from Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donovan Smith at the conclusion of his 32-yard interception return for a touchdown on Sunday.

Peters was sidelined from the final eight minutes of the game after the blow and was evaluated on the sidelines by medical staff. However, Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that evaluations of Peters came back clear and he should be a go for Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

“He cleared the concussion assessment, all the things that you have to go through if you see a hit like that,” McVay said. “But he got a little bit of a facial laceration or something like that from the shot. He’s feeling good, didn’t have any effects and he totally passed. He wasn’t in concussion protocol but he passed the assessments so he didn’t have any symptoms so he should be in good shape.”

With the short week ahead of Thursday night’s game in Seattle, if Peters had been diagnosed with a concussion he would almost certainly have been ruled out for the game against the Seahawks. There just isn’t enough time in the league’s protocol for a player to get the necessary recovery time to play just four days after sustaining a concussion. But with Peters cleared, the Rams can prepare for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks knowing Peters will be available.

Safety Taylor Rapp (ankle) and linebacker Bryce Hager (shoulder) are the only other injuries currently faced by the Rams. McVay said both players will likely be game-time decisions on Thursday.