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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…Upvote Share Tweet
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’sUpvote Share TweetSt. 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.Upvote Share TweetEvery 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…Upvote Share TweetEvery 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,Upvote Share Tweet
A must-listen for Rams, Seahawks fansSeattle 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…Upvote Share TweetST. 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.Upvote Share TweetRon 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his jobOne 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 1Upvote Share TweetA 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…Upvote Share TweetSean 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 beUpvote Share TweetIt 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 bUpvote Share TweetWeek 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…Upvote Share TweetPicking 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 …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Oct 4, 2012It'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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 sUpvote Share Tweet
Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so faryahoo.com Updated Oct 4, 2012The 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…Upvote Share Tweet49ers 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, WhitnUpvote Share Tweet
Peter King: Week 5 picksCNNSI.com Updated Oct 4, 2012The 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.Upvote Share Tweet
How QBs stack up throwing to the sticksThe 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…Upvote Share TweetLots 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.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picksThere 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…Upvote Share TweetA 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC West: Third-down outlookThird-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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?Oct 4Episode 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
Fitzgerald family fights onOct 4Arizona 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.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Seahawks-PanthersOct 4The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Seattle at Carolina
Countdown Daily Prediction: Bills-49ersOct 4The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Buffalo at San Francisco
After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' first loss ex…Oct 4After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' flaws, specifically on offense, were exposed.
Biggest NFL games of Week 5 -- John Clayton's First & 10Oct 4The NFC is the superior conference by far in 2012. That actually keeps more AFC teams in the playoff race, writes John Clayton.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickOct 4A reader named Mike in St. Louis sent me the following e-mail this week: "Simmons, football fans in St. Louis have suffered enough, compiling the wor...