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Rapid Reaction: Rams 17, Cardinals 3

Rapid Reaction: Rams 17, Cardinals 3

ESPN.com CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals following the Rams' 17-3 victory Thursday night in the Edward Jones Dome: What it means: The Rams improved to 3-2, the first time they've had a winning record since the 2006 team was 4-3. They are 3-0…
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  • Amendola has broken collarbone

    Amendola has broken collarbone

    The contract year of Rams receiver Danny Amendola has been abruptly interrupted by an injury that will knock him out of action for several weeks. Per a team source, Amendola has a broken collarbone. The injury came in the first half of Thursday night’s
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  • Rams' Jackson could opt out of deal after 2012

    Rams' Jackson could opt out of deal after 2012

    St. Louis Rams veteran running back Steven Jackson has negotiated an out to his contract following the 2012 season, in lieu of an extension, both his agent and the team confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday.
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  • Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother

    Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Every October, the NFL promotes breast cancer awareness by allowing the otherwise sacrosanct NFL uniform to be invaded by copious amounts of pink. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother to the disease in 2003, has taken the tribute a s…
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  • Picking apart the Week Five picks

    Picking apart the Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Every Thursday, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss our game picks for the coming week. This week, we disagree on two games - Cardinals at Rams (which is going on right now) and Falcons at Redskins. We also each have one game that makes us nervous.  For MDS,
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  • A must-listen for Rams, Seahawks fans

    A must-listen for Rams, Seahawks fans

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams fans should check out former NFL assistant coach Rick Venturi's analysis of the teams' recent game on 101ESPN St. Louis. Venturi goes over the Rams' defense and their offense. A few quick highlights: The Seahawks' sec…
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  • Rams' Jackson, Cards' Dockett get starting nods

    Rams' Jackson, Cards' Dockett get starting nods

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is starting for the Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams after sitting out last week because of a hamstring injury.
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  • Jaws: Wilson's height holding him back

    Jaws: Wilson's height holding him back

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    Ron Jaworski's updated quarterback rankings contain observations for all 32 starters through four games. What he said about Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson, who stands under 5-foot-11, stood out. A sampling: "When I look at the tape, it is c…
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  • Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 1
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  • Sampling from the Cardinals-Rams buffet

    Sampling from the Cardinals-Rams buffet

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    A few thoughts as the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams near their Thursday night matchup at the Edward Jones Dome: 2007-2011 NFC West Records Trending: The Rams are 1-0 against the NFC West as they try to reverse the worst wrong turn in franchise hi…
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  • Gregg Williams will attend Rams-Cardinals game

    Gregg Williams will attend Rams-Cardinals game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt aren’t going to be the only notable names in attendance at an NFL game this week. Gregg Williams is going to be in attendance at another Rams game on Thursday night. The NFL confirmed to PFT that Williams will be
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  • Kolb starts Thursday, but Skelton is close to being ready

    Kolb starts Thursday, but Skelton is close to being ready

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    It wasn’t much of a choice for the Cardinals to tab Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback for the fourth straight game on Thursday night against the Rams. Mike Florio reports that John Skelton’s sprained ankle has not healed enough for him to get b
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  • A.J. Green stops by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    A.J. Green stops by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Week Five kicks off on Thursday night with the Rams and Cardinals and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will get you all the news you need to know about the game well ahead of kickoff. Amani Toomer and Pete Najarian will break down the game in one…
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  • Sando's best guesses: Week 5 predictions

    Sando's best guesses: Week 5 predictions

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Picking winners on a short week isn't as easy as going 3-0 on a regular one, but here we go. Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, Thursday, 8:20 p.m.: The Cardinals are traveling on a short week following an overtime victory to face a well-coached team …
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  • Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to …

    Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to succeed

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    It's hard to become one of the best players in the NFL at any position, and much tougher to do it over an entire career. But if you ask San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis about toughness, and what can really be hard in life, he can tell you a…
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  • Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Panthers have enough issues on defense, but now they appear to be going in short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday (via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) that cornerback Chris Gamble wasn’t expected to play this week because of a s
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  • Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so…

    Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so far

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams kick off Week 5 of the 2012 NFL regular season on Thursday night in St. Louis. Before they do, though, here's a look at a few under-the-radar performances from the first four weeks of the season. Over 1,600 playe…
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  • Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers safety Donte Whitner will face off against his former team this weekend when the Bills head to San Francisco for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Whitner doesn’t have the fondest memories of his time in Buffalo. During the playoffs last season, Whitn
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  • Peter King: Week 5 picks

    Peter King: Week 5 picks

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cards are a shocking 4-0, but midnight could be near for Cinderella. There's one fatal flaw in the desert, and it could cost them against the Rams. Peter King picks Week 5's games.
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  • How QBs stack up throwing to the sticks

    How QBs stack up throwing to the sticks

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The earlier item on third-down conversion rates sparked a conversation I'd like to continue here. "Do you think the 49ers are relying too much on their receivers to gain YAC and pick up first downs?" DF4949 asked. "It seems that a signifi…
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  • Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

    Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Lots to talk about here in the NFC West. Hope to see you in the next chat, beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Here's the link.
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  • PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    There are rarely dull moments around the Jets and this week has proven to be no exception. They got crushed by the 49ers, lost Santonio Holmes for the season and signed cornerback Aaron Berry coming off of a suspension for incidents that helped pave his…
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  • Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    A cottage industry emerged last week among a small handful of contrarians who pandered to Seahawks fans by suggesting that the events that concluded the Monday night game between Green Bay and Seattle were handled correctly. That industry can now offici…
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  • Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Jets have a real need at receiver.  But they really don’t want Plaxico Burress. No one wants Plaxico Burress.  And it makes no sense. Last year, fresh from an extended stay at the Motel 6-to-10, Burress had multiple suitors.  The Jets wanted him.
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  • Around the NFC West: Third-down outlook

    Around the NFC West: Third-down outlook

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Third-down conversion rates aren't everything. The New Orleans Saints led the NFL in that category last season. They lost a shootout in the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, who ranked 31st. Around the NFC West: Oct. 4, 2012 The top five teams in thi…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy? 02:22

    NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?

    Oct 4
    Episode 200: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Russell Wilson should remain the starter in Seattle. Steve Young breaks down the Chiefs staying with Matt Cassel. The NFL32 crew discuss how Andrew Luck will fare against the Packers defens
  • Video - Fitzgerald family fights on 03:09

    Fitzgerald family fights on

    Oct 4
    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lost his mother in college to a fight with breast cancer. Now, he is doing whatever he can to help others avoid going through the same pain his mother and his family went through.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Seahawks-Panthers 00:26

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Seahawks-Panthers

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Seattle at Carolina
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bills-49ers 00:22

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bills-49ers

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Buffalo at San Francisco

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    Oct 4
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