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The way the schedule fell for the Los Angeles Rams

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gave them every opportunity to be perfect through the first quarter of the season.The real test for the Rams started on Sunday. They passed by overcoming more adversity than they could have expected."The toughness and the resolve of this football team was certainly tested today and guys delivered in a big way http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey ," Rams coach Sean McVay said.The Rams escaped from Seattle with a 33-31 win over the Seahawks on Sunday that kept Los Angeles as one of two unbeaten teams in the league. Los Angeles moved to 5-0 by leaning heavily on Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, making a key defensive stand in the fourth quarter and a gutsy fourth-down call to clinch the victory.It was the kind of victory the Rams needed. They were down two of their top offensive stars after Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp suffered concussions. They trailed in the fourth quarter and watched Goff respond. And they prevailed in a venue that's been exceedingly difficult for road teams recent years."You need to know when these games come around, can you finish. That's what we did today," Gurley said. "Tough environment. Doesn't matter which team it is. You've just got to be able to close out those close games."Gurley rushed for three touchdowns, despite being held to only 77 yards rushing. He's got seven total TDs in the past two games against Seattle, and even with Kupp and Cooks missing the entire second half, the Rams were still able to put up 468 total yards and average 7.4 yards per play against a Seattle defense that, for the most part, played well.For all the big yards the Rams racked up, it was the 2 yards Goff got on fourth-and-1 with 1:39 left that sealed the victory, as he plunged forward to convert the risky call by McVay. For some longtime Rams, winning again in Seattle is a sweet feeling."This just continues the rivalry," Rams guard Rodger Saffold III said. "A lot of these guys weren't here, but I remember the days when Golden Tate used to taunt us before he got to the end zone. I remember the close games in the Edward Jones Dome. You could say that sways my decision about what I think about this team Jared Goff Jersey Elite , but at the end of the day we knew it was going to be a tough, physical game."Here's what else to know from the Rams third win in the past four seasons in Seattle:SEATTLE'S CHANCEThe Seahawks were noticeably upset about a key holding call against guard D.J. Fluker late in the fourth quarter that knocked Seattle from field goal range and eventually led to a punt. The holding call put Seattle in second-and-23 at the Rams 45 and after a pair of incomplete passes, the Seahawks were forced to punt.While some Seattle player claimed it wasn't a penalty, Seattle coach Pete Carroll was particularly miffed about the call."I haven't seen the play, there's a lot of plays in that game that probably could have warranted a penalty throw and it happened on that play right then," Carroll said. "It's unfortunate."CAIRO'S REDEMPTIONNew Rams kicker Cairo Santos was in line to get blame. He missed an extra point early in the fourth quarter that left Los Angeles facing a 31-30 deficit. But he came back later in the fourth and hit a 39-yard field goal for what proved to be the winning points.COMMITTED TO THE RUNThere is no question Seattle has found an offensive plan that works and is based around its run game. Seattle had a running back top 100 yards rushing for a third straight game with Chris Carson rushing for 116 yards on just 19 rushes and averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Seattle finished with 190 yards rushing as a team and got zero yards from Russell Wilson.Carson has two of those three games reaching the century mark, with the other belonging to Mike Davis. It's the first time Seattle has gone three straight games with a running back topping 100 yards since late in the 2012 season.OUT OF THE HOSPITALSeattle defensive end Frank Clark had a sack and an interception off a deflected pass. That's a good game for any defensive end, but Clark's performance was slightly more impressive considering he twice spent time in a local hospital this week dealing with what he believed was food poisoning.Clark said he lost about 12 pounds and ended up receiving eight IVs to replenish his fluids and try to be able to play."Once I knew I got my fluids back, I knew I was going to be able to come out here and compete," Clark said.Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints: The Professor’s preview Recapping the PreseasonThe only concern Los Angeles Rams fans should have regarding the preseason is how the starters on offense, who haven’t played a down (and aren’t going to play in this game against the New Orleans Saints) perform when the regular season starts.In today’s environment, protecting key players from injury during the preseason leads to success in the regular season. The Rams are leaders of this theory and have chosen not to play their offensive stars for a single down in preseason.Should Ram fans be concerned?The answer will have to wait until the 2018 Rams debut against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football in Week 1.So this game winds up being the last chance the coaches have to evaluate players on the bubble for the 53-man roster. These players are apt to see extended playing time in a meaningless game and given one last long look.Thus far, from what we’ve seen the Rams have a solid roster. The more they played their rookie offensive lineman, edge rushers http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , linebackers, wide receivers and cornerbacks the better they got. It’s going to be tough on some of the non-starters to fulfill their dream of becoming a NFL player with the Rams roster having only so few spots to fill.Still the biggest concern coming out of the preseason is DL Aaron Donald not being signed at this point.That and figuring out things at backup QB.QB Sean Mannion has been better since his game against the Baltimore Ravens in week one of the preseason, but still leaves a lot to be desired. QB3 Brandon Allen has also shown improvement, but he’s not that much better Mannion—just more mobile.Hopefully, the Rams won’t have to worry about losing QB Jared Goff for any extended period of time during the regular season. This could be the Rams year, but they have to prove it. “Preseason doesn’t count, but it does matter.” If the Rams come out smoking on MNF, fans can safely say that “preseason is not about winning.” If they stumble out the of the gate, fans will be shaking their head, “Why didn’t the offensive starters get at least a series or two in the preseason?”Until then, we’ve got to close the preseason out.What to look forOne should just enjoy this game for what it is—the last preseason game.Since the Rams and Saints will play in the Superdome later this year in the regular season, both Sean McVay and Sean Payton will be handing out the Vanilla ice cream to the fans, like it or not.Observations on the 53-man rosterFrom what Rams fans have observed thus far, RB John Kelly was a sleeper draft pick—he makes the squad and could see considerable playing time in the Rams offense during the regular season.WR KhaDarel Hodge should make the squad—he’s caught every pass thrown to him and ranks as the biggest surprise of the preseason.Depending on how many wide receivers the Rams go with Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , WR Fred Brown and WR JoJo Natson could make the squad and match them with Pharoh Cooper as back-ups.Natson also return punts and kicks, so he becomes a double threat as the backup to Cooper.The Rams’ edge rushers are fast, but their tackling at times leave a lot to be desired, but that will come with more playing time. One should expect ILB Micah Kiser to make the squad to back up ILB Ramik Wilson (a perfect first name for a Ram player) who has been impressive when he was out there. If the Rams decide to keep Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, he’ll start on the PUP list and therefore won’t be able to see action until Week 7.The Rams are loaded at cornerback. CB Sam Shields has been on fire throughout training camp and the preseason. Rams fans should feel good about having him and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman as our nickel guys. We should just leave it up to Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips to choose his back-up corners but acknowledge that guys who can play in man coverage are coveted over zone players since the 3-4 requires a lot man-to-man coverage.How to watch the gameUnless something dramatic happens like an unbelievable performance by a bubble player, the coaches have a pretty good idea on who they want on the 53-man roster even though they won’t say it publicly. So get your pencil and paper ready to see if you guessed right. Ram fans know who 22 of the players are going to be. Add P Johnny Hekker and PK Greg Zuerlein, QB Sean Mannion and Brandon Allen (one of whom will be on practice squad) and your down to around 28 to 27 spots to fill out.Even if you get a few wrong, one of your picks might still be picked up by another team, as the Rams appear to have a loaded roster this year which will keep your dream of being a NFL scout, General Manager of Head Coach alive for another season.Then get ready for a season, the likes of which Los Angeles Rams haven’t seen since 1951.

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