Rams News Daily Summary: Dec. 20

Rams Aiming for Two More Wins –PD
On the Rams’ checklist of things to do in 2014 were: 1. Make the playoffs. Scratch that.

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Giants –PD
For the second time in five weeks, a Manning will play QB against the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome.

Bernie: Nixon Outlines Stadium Priorities

Time for Greg Robinson to Shine Against Pierre-Paul –Farr
The honeymoon period officially ends this Sunday for Rams rookie left tackle Greg Robinson. I’m eager to see what the big guy can do against the Giants’ most disruptive defensive player, right defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Roger Goodell Nixes L.A. Team in 2015 –Schefter
As if there were any questions, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell put an end to them this week when he told the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams that there will not be a team that moves to Los Angeles for next season, according to league sources.

What to Watch For Rams vs. Giants –Wagoner
The St. Louis Rams and New York Giants kick off Week 16 on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX regional coverage.

All 22 View of Stedman Bailey’s Big Catch vs the Cardinals –Video

All 22 View: Aaron Donald’s Sack vs. the Cardinals –Video

Rams Keys to Victory vs. the Giants –Video

Roger Goodell Nixes L.A. team in 2015 –Video

Chase Reynolds on How Close Rams Are to Being a Playoff Team –Video

Fisher Up Front: Rams vs. Giants –Video

DROY: Aaron Donald Highlights –Video

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Rams Aiming for Two More Wins –PD

• By Jim Thomas

On the Rams’ checklist of things to do in 2014 were:

1. Make the playoffs.

Scratch that. The Rams were eliminated from playoff contention with their 12-6 loss to Arizona on Dec. 11. It’s now 10 consecutive seasons since the club made the postseason, when the 2004 squad squeaked into a wild-card berth with an 8-8 record.

Only Oakland (2002), Buffalo (1999) and Cleveland (1994) have had longer playoff droughts.

2. Finish with a winning record.

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7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Giants –PD

• By Jim Thomas

ANOTHER MANNING

For the second time in five weeks, a Manning will play QB against the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams handled Denver’s Peyton Manning with surprising ease in a 22-7 victory Nov. 16. Now comes the New York Giants’ Eli Manning, who is 3-0 against the Rams over his career with nine TD passes, just one interception and a passer rating of 115.5 in those contests. But those triumphs have come against three previous coaching staffs: 28-16 over Steve Spagnuolo in 2011; 41-13 over Scott Linehan in 2008; and 44-24 over Mike Martz in 2005. There are only eight Rams left who played in the 2011 game, including four defensive players (Chris Long, Robert Quinn, James Laurinaitis and Eugene Sims). So it’s largely a different cast of characters. Surprisingly, Peyton wasn’t much help to little brother in terms of preparing to face the Rams. “I haven’t talked to him much about them,” Eli told Giants reporters. “We didn’t get into details. He didn’t really offer up too much.”

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Bernie: Nixon Outlines Stadium Priorities

• By Bernie Miklasz

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had a prime seat at the Scottrade Center for Saturday’s annual Braggin’ Rights basketball game between Mizzou and Illinois. Nixon’s favorite team lost a heartbreaker, 62-59, on a 3-point shot that beat the buzzer and the Tigers. It was a stunning way for the Tigers to go down and it left Nixon and his fellow MU loyalists deflated.

That’s sports. You win some, you lose some, and you try again. And Nixon, the impassioned sports fan, is striving for a major victory on another front: keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

I asked Nixon what he’d say to Rams fans that will walk into the Edward Jones Dome for Sunday’s game against the Giants, worried that the team will be moving to Los Angeles.

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Time for Greg Robinson to Shine Against Pierre-Paul –Farr

By D’Marco Farr

The honeymoon period officially ends this Sunday for Rams rookie left tackle Greg Robinson. I’m eager to see what the big guy can do against the Giants’ most disruptive defensive player, right defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

JPP has been a wrecking machine the last three weeks, tallying six sacks, including a career-high 2.5 against the hapless Washington Redskins in Week 15. He now has 9.5 for the season and is looking to join the double-digit club for the first time since 2011, when the former South Florida sensation broke out with an eye-popping 16.5 sacks. Let’s hope he gets that half-sack at home the following weekend vs. the Eagles.

Robinson, meanwhile, has been solid as a blindside protector. He’s steadily improved since his first NFL start at LT, sliding over from left guard when Jake Long suffered a season-ending injury in that 34-7 beat down at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Roger Goodell Nixes L.A. Team in 2015 –Schefter

By Adam Schefter
ESPN

As if there were any questions, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell put an end to them this week when he told the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams that there will not be a team that moves to Los Angeles for next season, according to league sources.

The Chargers announced they would stay in San Diego for the 2015 season after being told by Roger Goodell that the NFL would not accept any relocation bids to Los Angeles in 2015, according to sources.

Goodell also told the Chargers, Raiders and Rams — each of whom can file a relocation application for the 2015 season starting Jan. 1 — that any team that is considering relocating to Los Angeles should look to 2016 instead, according to sources.

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