During the week, despite a string of three wins, there wasn’t much vomiting about Aries.
They were coming to a harder victory than they expected Jared Goff in Detroit Lions and I look forward to another game against a convincing opponent – the Houston Texans.
Then CEO Les Snead made things interesting.
In a surprising move to clear the space for the wage ceiling Rams replaced starting goalkeeper Kenny Young. A few days later, coach Sean McVay announced they wanted to DeSean Jackson commercial receiver.
Both moves could have repercussions as Tuesday approaches the NFL trading deadline.
But first, the Rams, who started 6-1 and are considered a contender for the Super Bowl, have to play a team of Texans that seems to be maneuvering to lose enough games to secure a high selection on the roster.
The Texans are 1-6. First-year coach David Culley was hit by a poor combination that only got worse. However, he does not apologize.
“We’re 1-6 and believe me, we’re what our record says, what we are,” Culley told reporters in Los Angeles.
Culley began his coaching career in the NFL in 1994. He worked as an assistant for six teams before the Texans hired him as head coach. He doesn’t apologize.
But he inherited the mess.
Star defender Deshaun Watson is said to have wanted to leave Houston even before off-court problems – 22 women have filed civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault and sexual harassment – kept him on the sidelines.
“It wasn’t a problem at all this season – I mean at all,” Culley said, adding: “We agreed to deal with the situation in a special way and that’s how it happened.”
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor led the Texans to a win at the start of the season over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but injured his thigh in the next game and has not played since. This week, the Texans replaced quarterback Mark Ingram, their leading competitor, in the New Orleans Saints.
Veteran receiver Brandin Cooks was less than impressed.
“It’s a bull —. Such a joke,” Cooks tweeted.
Cooks played for the Rams in 2018 and 2019. He will now play against the Rams team, which is trying to maintain the momentum gained by successive victories over the Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants and Lions.
Rams is one of five NFC teams with a single defeat, including the Arizona Cardinals, who beat Rams 37:20 on Oct. 3.
Last Sunday, the Cardinals defeated the Texans 31-5 and then suffered their first defeat against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Culley found that the ends are more important than the starts.
“It’s October,” he said. “People only remember what happened in November and December, and when you go ahead, it’s a completely different deal. That you can keep that you have to keep playing good football. “
Quarterback Rams Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive lineman Aaron Donald are star players ready to improve on their already impressive stats against the Texans.
But due to Young’s substitution, Jackson’s situation – the 14th pro will not play on Sunday – and the injuries he suffered against the Lions, the Rams ’line-up against the Texans could have the feel of a glamorous pre-season game.
Newcomer Ernest Jones is expected to start instead of Young. Rookie Tutu Atwell could play important shots in attack for the first time.
This week, before the Rams ’intention to replace Jackson went public, McVay said he wanted to see an increased sense of urgency from Atwell. On Friday, McVay was asked if he was convinced Atwell could step into the role of the deep threat that Jackson signed for.
“I think we’ll see,” McVay said.
Joe Noteboom will start in place of Andrew Whitworth’s injured left-back, and rookie Bobby Brown III could play important shots in rotation to replace the injured Sebastian Joseph-Day nose kick.
Star corner defender Jalen Ramsey was absent from training on Thursday and Friday due to illness, McVay said. However, he did not expect this to affect Ramsey’s availability on Sunday.
With the Tennessee Titans and quarterback Derrick Henry coming to SoFi Stadium next Sunday, the Rams and second game against the Titans is one Ramsey and others could afford.