Nov 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers improve to 9-3 with win over Rams

Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers solidified their spot near the top of the NFC standings with a 36-28 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Davante Adams had eight receptions for 104 yards as the Packers (9-3) turned three Rams turnovers into 17 points and took control on Rasul Douglas’ 33-yard interception return for a touchdown to take a 36-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Rodgers was 28-of-45 passing while playing for the second consecutive game with a fractured toe as the Packers moved a half-game behind the Arizona Cardinals in the battle for first place in the NFC. Teammate AJ Dillon had 69 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was 21-of-38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown for the third consecutive game, all defeats for Los Angeles (7-4).

Odell Beckham Jr. had a 54-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter while playing his second game since joining the Rams after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.

Leading 20-17 at halftime, the Packers got a 5-yard TD reception from AJ Dillon and a 29-yard field goal from Mason Crosby for a 30-17 lead after a lost fumble by Rams punt returner J.J. Koski. Douglas’ interception return made it a three-score game with more than a quarter remaining.

The Rams nearly buried themselves in the first quarter. The Packers took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Rodgers after Green Bay took over on the Rams’ 6-yard line when Green Bay’s Rashan Gary forced Stafford to fumble.

On their next possession, the Rams tried to convert on fourth down, only to give the Packers the ball back at the 29-yard line. Crosby made it 10-0 on a 45-yard field goal with 13:29 remaining in the half.

The Rams got their offense on track when Stafford hit Van Jefferson on a 79-yard touchdown pass with 12:42 remaining in the half before a 28-yard field goal from Crosby put Green Bay up 13-7.

Randall Cobb’s 7-yard TD reception put Green Bay ahead 20-10 with 4:21 to go before halftime. Less than three minutes later, the Rams made it 20-17 on a 6-yard TD pass from Stafford to Darrell Henderson.

Cobb, who had four catches for 95 yards, did not return after halftime because of a groin injury.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: NFL, St. Louis reach $790M settlement on Rams’ relocation

The NFL and the Rams have agreed to pay $790 million to the city of St. Louis to settle a 2017 lawsuit over the team’s move to Los Angeles, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the agreement does not include an expansion team for St. Louis.

It was not immediately clear how much of the settlement will be paid by the league and how much by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who relocated the team in 2016.

St. Louis city and county officials were expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.

Attorneys for Kroenke and the NFL were in St. Louis for a mediation session on Tuesday with lawyers representing St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.

The lawsuit claimed that the NFL broke its own relocation guidelines and that the Rams misled the public on their plans to leave the city, costing St. Louis millions in revenue.

A trial date had been set for Jan. 10.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks on the field during warmups before the game against the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. will play vs. 49ers

Odell Beckham Jr. will make his debut for the Los Angeles Rams when they take on the San Francisco 49ers on the road Monday, ESPN reported.

Beckham appeared in six games this season and recorded 17 receptions for 232 yards before the Cleveland Browns released him.

Rams coach Sean McVay didn’t confirm Beckham’s status when he talked to reporters Saturday.

“I can see he’s a really sharp guy,” McVay said of Beckham. “We hven’t practiced yet today, but I like the look in his eye. We’ll see how he’s feeling, and we’ll see what that looks like as far as how we are able to utilize him, if he’s able to go on Monday.”

His presence in the lineup was only going to be a matter of time after the Rams (7-2) signed the veteran wideout Friday, but the sense of urgency grew when wide receiver Robert Woods sustained a torn ACL at practice the same day.

Woods, 29, has 45 receptions for 556 yards and four touchdowns — second to Cooper Kupp in all three categories — in nine games this season.

He has 570 catches for 7,077 yards and 35 touchdowns in 125 career games (115 starts) with the Buffalo Bills and Rams. He was selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.

Beckham, 29, was traded in 2019 by the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, who agreed Nov. 5 to waive him following a social media post from Beckham’s father criticizing quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns and Beckham came to terms on a reworked contract before placing him on waivers.

A first-round draft pick in 2014, Beckham appeared in 88 games (84 starts) for the Giants and Browns. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 504 career receptions for 7,062 yards and 51 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers convert game-winning FG to get by Eagles

Dustin Hopkins made a 29-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Hopkins’ game-winner completed a 15-play, 64-yard drive. Justin Herbert threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for Los Angeles’ other touchdown. Keenan Allen caught 12 passes for 104 yards while Austin Ekeler rushed for 59 yards and also caught three passes for the Chargers (5-3).

Jalen Hurts threw for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (3-6). Hurts also rushed for 62 yards and Jordan Howard had 71 rushing yards and a touchdown. DeVonta Smith hauled in five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles led 10-7 at halftime.

The Chargers drove 98 yards on their first possession but came up empty. Starting from their own 1-yard line, they ran off 15 plays but turned the ball over on downs at Philadelphia’s 1.

After forcing a three-and-out, Los Angeles found the end zone. Jared Cook’s 23-yard reception set up Herbert’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Anderson.

Philadelphia tied it with a 75-yard drive, which Howard finished off with a 4-yard run. Smith’s 27-yard reception was the longest play during that possession.

The Eagles had a 68-yard drive late in the half but settled for Jake Elliott’s 24-yard field goal.

Hopkins’ 30-yard field goal early in the third tied the game. Herbert’s 8-yard scoring pass to Donald Parham gave the Chargers a 16-10 lead but the extra point was missed.

Philadelphia regained the lead on an 85-yard drive that Kenneth Gainwell completed with a 1-yard run. Hurts completed three passes of 19 yards or more during that span.

Los Angeles regained the lead with 11:32 remaining on Herbert’s 8-yard run. He also tossed a two-point conversion to Cook for a 24-17 lead.

Hurts’ 28-yard pass to Smith with 6:07 remaining tied it up. Hurts picked up first downs with his legs twice during the drive.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) moves out to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray, Cardinals cruise past Rams

Led by Kyler Murray and an explosive offense, the Arizona Cardinals manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 37-20 on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

The victory was the first for the Cardinals over an L.A. team led by coach Sean McVay after enduring eight straight losses, and the first victory for Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury over good friend McVay.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 with the win, while the Rams dropped to 3-1.

Murray finished 24-of-32 for 268 passing yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 39 rushing yards. Murray’s top targets were DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, both of whom recorded 67 receiving yards.

Chase Edmonds led Arizona with 120 rushing yards on 12 carries as the Cardinals finished with 216 yards rushing.

The Cardinals carved up L.A.’s usually stingy defense for 37 points and 465 total yards.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 26-of-41 for 280 passing yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Stafford’s favorite target, Cooper Kupp, finished with five receptions for 64 yards on 13 targets as the two had trouble connecting.

Returning from a rib injury, Darrell Henderson Jr. led the Rams with 89 rushing yards.

The Rams got on the scoreboard first, driving 52 yards on nine plays, ending in a Matt Gay 42-yard field goal.

After forcing Arizona to punt, Stafford was intercepted by Arizona defensive back Byron Murphy trying to hit DeSean Jackson on a deep ball. Murphy later had to leave the game with a rib injury.

The Cardinals took over on their own 13-yard line. Six plays later, Murray hit Green for a 41-yard pass for a score, giving Arizona a 7-3 lead with 5:58 left in the opening quarter.

The Rams responded with a touchdown drive of their own, marching 75 yards on nine plays capped by a Stafford 14-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson for a 10-7 edge.

The Cardinals retook the lead for good 14-10 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Murray to tight end Maxx Williams with 10:44 left in the first half.

Arizona upped its lead to 21-10, capitalizing on a Sony Michel fumble by driving 21 yards on five plays, with James Conner plunging into the end zone from a yard out for the score at the 8:44 mark of the second quarter.

L.A. cut Arizona’s edge to 21-13 on a Gay 22-yard field goal with a little over three minutes left in the first half. However, the Cardinals took a 24-13 lead into halftime on a Matt Prater 23-yard field goal.

Arizona cruised to a commanding, 37-13 lead in the second half on 55- and 23-yard field goals by Prater and another Conner 1-yard run for a score, salting away the game in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

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Matthew Stafford’s four TD passes fuel Rams’ win vs. Bucs

Matthew Stafford threw for four scores as the Los Angeles Rams improved to 3-0 with a 34-24 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers at SoFI Stadium on Sunday.

Stafford continued to play well for the Rams since joining Los Angeles in an offseason trade, completing 27 of 38 passes for 343 yards. Stafford’s favorite target was Cooper Kupp, who finished with nine receptions for 96 yards and two scores on 12 targets.

DeSean Jackson added three receptions for 120 yards, including his first touchdown as a Ram – a 75-yard score.

Darrell Henderson Jr. did not play because of a rib issue. However, recent addition Sony Michel served as the primary running back in his place, posting 67 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Tom Brady finished 41 of 55 for 432 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. Sunday’s contest marked the first time Brady played in Los Angeles since the 1998 Rose Bowl as a backup quarterback for the University of Michigan.

But in this one, the Bucs (2-1) had trouble running the football, totaling just 35 yards on the ground, as the defending Super Bowl champs suffered their first loss of the season.

Aaron Donald secured his first career sack against Brady and added three tackles and a forced fumble.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Rams got on the scoreboard first with tight end Tyler Higbee scoring on a 6-yard screen pass, giving Los Angeles a 7-0 lead at the 12:22 mark of the second quarter. Matthew Stafford went 8-for-8 on the 14-play, 95-yard scoring drive that took over eight minutes.

The Bucs responded with a 15-play, 76-yard drive capped by a Chris Godwin 2-yard run with 4:03 left in the first half, tying the score at 7-all.

On the ensuing drive, the Rams retook the lead on a 2-yard pass from Stafford to Kupp, putting L.A. up 14-7 at halftime. Rams coach Sean McVay improved to 40-0 when holding a lead at halftime.

The Rams pushed their lead to 21-7 on a 75-yard Stafford deep ball to Jackson on the opening drive of the second half.

The Bucs answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a Brady 1-yard plunge for a score, cutting L.A.’s advantage to 21-14.

However, L.A. took control of the game again with a Kupp 10-yard scoring reception and a Matt Gay 48-yard field goal, putting the hosts ahead 31-14.

Tampa Bay answered with a Ryan Succup 26-yard field goal to trim L.A.’s edge to 31-17 and completed the scoring on a Brady-to-Giovani Bernard touchdown pass with 1:10 left in the game.

The Bucs were without Antonio Brown because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Tight Rob Gronkowski appeared to suffer a rib injury early in the third quarter after a hit from linebacker Terrell Lewis.

Gronkowski went to the medical tent and then the locker room for further evaluation. He later returned to the game, finishing with four receptions for 55 yards.

–Field Level Media

Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 11

Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 11

Key takeaways from week 10:

  • Rams Saints and Chiefs are favorites to win Super Bowl 53
  • Patriots fall from the top 3
  • Raiders have the lowest odds at 2500/1
  • Biggest jump: Cleveland Browns (+50%)
  • Biggest drop: Arizona Cardinals (-150%)
  • No change: Broncos, Bills, 49ers (0%)

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NFL Week 9 Football Props: Seahawks vs. Chargers

For the Seattle Seahawks, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster season. They seem to be playing well, but nobody is talking about them as serious playoff contenders. They’re three losses have each been by only one score, and they came dangerously close to handing the Rams their first loss a few weeks back.

Everybody has been talking about the fact the Chargers are 5-2, and that their only losses have come from the Rams and the Chiefs, 2 of the top teams in the NFL. However, their 5 wins have come against the Bills, Browns, Raiders, 49ers and Titans who share a dismal combined record of 10-29-1. They’ve really only experienced the best and the worst of the NFL, which makes this Sunday’s matchup vs the Seahawks so important. Not only will it keep them in the running in the AFC West, but it will offer a chance for them to play a middle of the pack team with a lot to gain from a win. Seattle sits in 2nd in the NFC West behind the Rams, and will need a lot of help if they’re going to catch up.

The Chargers will be rooting for the Browns this weekend, and Seattle will be hoping the Drew Brees can continue his hot streak against the Rams. Both of these teams are in the playoff race for wild card spots, and even possibly as divisional winners, but it will take a lot for them to catch up to their divisional rivals. The Chargers come into Seattle as 1 point favorites, but Everyone knows that the Seahawks at home are a dangerous team.

Alternate lines are available at Sugar House Sportsbook if you live in the state of New Jersey.

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Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 9

Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 9

Key takeaways from week 8:

  • Rams, Patriots, and Chiefs remain in top three spots
  • 49ers have the lowest odds at 2500/1
  • Biggest jump: Seattle Seahawks (+34%)
  • Biggest drop: San Francisco 49ers (-400%)
  • No change: Patriots, Chargers, Eagles, Cowboys, Titans (0%)

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NFL Week 8 Football Props: Rams vs. Packers

NFL Week 8 Football Props: Rams vs. Packers

The Rams continue to roll. Boasting an impressive 7-0 start, they’re the favorites to win Super Bowl 53. Jared Goff is playing as an MVP candidate, Aaron Donald is Wreaking havoc for QBs in the backfield, Todd Gurley the unstoppable force that has yet to meet the immovable object. They’ve posted 235 points and allowed only 128 (a point differential of +107). It’s true, 3 of those games were against the dismally woeful 49ers, Cardinals, and Raiders. However, starting Sunday, they’ll begin a tough stretch, facing the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks before heading into their Bye Week.

Green Bay is coming off of a much-needed bye week. Their wide-receiving corps hasn’t seemed to be 100% healthy since week 1. Aaron Rodgers has slowly but surely been improving his mobility, allowing him to be more of a threat outside of the pocket. The Rams pose their biggest challenge of the season so far, and a win this week (combined with a Minnesota loss) would put the Packers atop the NFC North. After the Rams, the Packers play New England, Miami, Seattle and Minnesota, and only the game vs the Dolphins is at home.

It’s interesting to note that the Packers are 0-2 on the road, and 1 field goal away from being 4-0 at home. The Rams are averaging just over 35 Points at home and 32 on the road, so it doesn’t really matter where they play. Los Angeles comes in as 9-point favorites to a game that very likely will have playoff implications down the line.

Alternate lines are available at Sugar House Sportsbook if you live in the state of New Jersey.

Rams vs. Packers Props

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