Gordon’s Tipsheet: Shedding positive light on Austin Davis

• By Jeff Gordon

The NFL is no place for young quarterbacks. The league chews up most of them and spits them to the curb.

Within that context, the progress of Rams quarterback Austin Davis is heartening.

Each year fans fall in love with the Next New Thing at the position. They see fresh talent. Better yet, they see the absence of failure — the most precious quality for any quarterback.

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Rams Ready for Rowdy Arrowhead Appearance –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — Playing the Kansas City Chiefs hasn’t been much fun for the St. Louis Rams the last five times they’ve met.

Entering Sunday’s meeting, the Rams have lost five in a row to their cross-state opponent (rivals isn’t really accurate when they’ve played only five times since 1997) and their trips to Arrowhead Stadium have been especially harrowing.

In those five losses, the Rams have been outscored by an average of 37.8 to 18.8. Two of those games took place in Kansas City and the Chiefs won 54-34 (in 2000) and 49-10 (in 2002).

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Jim Thomas: Have to Wonder if Rams Looking to Trade Stacy

By Brendan Marks

St. Louis Rams rookie running back Tre Mason broke out in a big way against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, piling up 85 yards on 18 carries in the 28-26 win.

Benny Cunningham caught five passes out of the backfield while Zac Stacy, who entered the season as the starter, only played one snap and didn’t touch the ball.

The game represented what we can probably expect the rest of the season: The team will continue to ride the hot hand.

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Rams Look to Improve Perimeter Run D –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — As they make their final preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs, perhaps the St. Louis Rams defense can get some pointers from Vanderbilt alum/running back Zac Stacy.

Vanderbilt’s catch phrase — “Anchor Down” — makes plenty of sense for the Commodores but it also is a common refrain in the Rams’ hopes of improving a run defense that has been continually gashed on runs outside the tackles this season.

To get better in time for Chiefs running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis and quarterback Alex Smith, setting a consistent edge on the outside is the first order of business.

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Rams Could be Thin at Cornerback Sunday –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The St. Louis Rams’ injury report is a lengthy one, but there’s good news and bad news to be found.

The good news is that of the 12 players on the list, eight are probably to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The bad news is that of the four who are listed as questionable or worse on the injury report, three of them play the same position. That position is cornerback where Brandon McGee has been ruled out for this week after re-injuring his foot in Thursday’s practice. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, both of whom are coming back from knee injuries, are listed as questionable.

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Morning Ram-blings: Prediction Time –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — It’s that time of the week again. Time for our weekly roundup of predictions as the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs square off on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Last week, nobody in our NFL experts group saw the Rams coming out on top of the Seattle Seahawks. This week, it’s not much better with one notable exception in the form of Da Coach.

For something slightly more scientific, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando digs into the numbers with the help of NumberFire to make a pick.

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