Rams, Bengals have enough stars to keep attention on field
Super Bowl Bengals Football Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow warms up during NFL football practice Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Los Angeles. The Cincinnati Bengals play the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl Feb. 13. Yes, there will be more than enough star power on the field Sunday at the Super Bowl to match the celebrities in the stands at SoFi Stadium. Burrow has earned plenty of attention leading the Bengals far beyond worst to first in just his second NFL season. McVay, who has the Rams in their second Super Bowl in four seasons, sees all those stars sharing several of the same traits.wftv.com
Bold, brash Rams pair flashy superstars with rock-solid core
APTOPIX 49ers Rams Football Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay celebrates after the NFC Championship NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — No team in the NFL was built like the Los Angeles Rams because nobody else would dare. “They don't remember that we've had the second-most draft picks of any franchise since 2017. The Rams are bold because that’s what Snead wants, but also because they believe it’s what Los Angeles wants. We are committed to doing all of that.”___More AP Super Bowl coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/super-bowl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Veteran safety Eric Weddle rejoining LA Rams for playoffs
Rams Weddle Football FILE - Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle watches during an NFL football training camp in Irvine, Calif., on July 30, 2019. Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File) (Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Safety Eric Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. Weddle retired in February 2020 after one season with the Rams in which he made 108 tackles and called the defense's signals. If anybody can do it, there's no doubt he can.”The Rams missed the playoffs in Weddle's only season with the team.wftv.com
Punt return TD lifts Rams past Vikings to get playoff spot
APTOPIX Rams Vikings Football Los Angeles Rams' Brandon Powell flips into the end zone during a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Minneapolis. But his interception in the end zone in the first quarter loomed large all afternoon. Anthony Barr picked off Stafford twice, both deep in Rams territory, and the Vikings turned them into 10 points. Beckham had 2,755.Cooper Kupp had a 37-yard reception on third down in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. ... RB Darrell Henderson Jr. hurt his knee in the fourth quarter on his only carry, a 17-yard gain.wftv.com
The Latest: Broncos' Bridgewater taken off on stretcher
Bengals Broncos Football Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is placed on a cart after being injured against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Denver. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution for further evaluation of a head injury. They collided and Bridgewater went airborne, falling on his face and laying motionless as Bachie did the same several feet away. The list includes receiver Allen Robinson, backup quarterback Andy Dalton, right tackle Larry Borom and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. The fan was quickly met by security, taken into a tunnel and expected to be arrested for trespassing.wftv.com
The Latest: McPherson 58-yard FG gives Bengals halftime lead
The Bengals took a 6-3 lead into halftime when they turned Brandon McManus' miss from 54 yards into a 58-yard field goal by Evan McPherson just 9 seconds later as the first half expired. ___5:25 p.m.Jalen Ramsey has been cleared to play for the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday night in their delayed game against Seattle. He went on the list a few hours before the Rams’ victory at Arizona last Monday night. Reed and starting right tackle Brandon Shell. The list includes receiver Allen Robinson, backup quarterback Andy Dalton, right tackle Larry Borom and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.wftv.com
The Latest: Rams' Ramsey cleared to play against Seahawks
Ramsey plays an important, do-everything role on the Rams’ defense, and his absence was obvious against the Cardinals. The Rams also activated running back Jake Funk from injured reserve, and coach Sean McVay said the rookie will play Tuesday. Reed and starting right tackle Brandon Shell. Seattle was originally scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but the game was moved to Tuesday because of COVID-19 issues with the Rams. The list includes receiver Allen Robinson, backup quarterback Andy Dalton, right tackle Larry Borom and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.wftv.com
Falcons take advantage of Jaguars’ mistakes in 21-14 victory
Cordarrelle Patterson ran for a career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns in his return from an ankle injury and the Atlanta Falcons found the end zone and the win column for the first time in three weeks in a 21-14 victory over woeful Jacksonville.
AP source: Broncos trade star linebacker Von Miller to Rams
Ravens Broncos Football Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) battles against Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Patrick Mekari (65) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos are trading star linebacker Von Miller, the franchise's career sacks leader and Super Bowl 50 MVP, to the Los Angeles Rams for two 2022 draft picks. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't announced the trade, the person confirmed the deal first reported by ESPN. The Rams are sending the Broncos a second- and third-round pick in the 2022 draft for the eight-time Pro Bowler, who led Denver to a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season, Peyton Manning's last. He only had a half sack in October, but was still seen as a major gem for contending teams.wftv.com
Stafford throws 3 TD passes, Rams edge Goff's Lions 28-19
The Rams led 25-19 when Goff drove the Lions to the Los Angeles 12 in the waning minutes while converting four third downs on an excellent drive. Cooper Kupp had 10 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams, including the go-ahead score with 13:59 to play. Van Jefferson also caught a scoring pass from Stafford, who has 19 TD throws in his first seven games on the West Coast. Goff read a blitz and threw a short screen pass to Swift, who scampered through the Rams' secondary for his TD. OLD FRIENDSGoff spent his first five NFL seasons with the Rams, while Stafford played his first 12 seasons with the Lions.wftv.com
Stafford throws 3 TD passes, Rams edge Goff's Lions 28-19
Matthew Stafford passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns against his former team, and Jalen Ramsey made an end zone interception on his 27th birthday with five minutes left in the Los Angeles Rams’ 28-19 victory over Jared Goff and the winless Detroit Lions.
Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones
Titans Falcons Jones Trade Football FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. The Tennessee Titans have traded with the Atlanta Falcons for seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The Falcons will receive the Titans’ second-round pick in 2022 and their fourth in 2023 with Atlanta sending Jones and a sixth-round pick in 2023 to Tennessee pending Jones passing a physical. The deal adds Jones to an offense than already has Henry, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and a Pro Bowl receiver in Brown. ___Follow Teresa M. Walker at https://twitter.com/TeresaMWalker___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Top cornerbacks standing out on NFL's Super Bowl hopefuls
Nearly every team still vying for the Super Bowl has an elite cornerback often capable of shutting down an opponent's top receiver all by himself. The NFC playoff bracket has three of the conference's four Pro Bowl cornerbacks: Green Bay's Jaire Alexander, Los Angeles' Jalen Ramsey and New Orleans' Marshon Lattimore. Staley's scheme has employed Ramsey in multiple roles throughout the season, and his job often changes from play to play. Oddly enough, the remaining playoff team perceived to have the least dominant cornerbacks is defending champion Kansas City, the favorite to make it back to the Super Bowl. “Some of the best cornerbacks happen to play on the best teams, that’s all I can say,” Bills safety Micah Hyde said.
Rams get better of division rivals, toppling Seahawks 30-20
They watched less than two weeks ago as the Seattle Seahawks loudly celebrated a division title the Rams felt they gave away. No team was better at limiting yards or points than the Rams (11-6) and they continued to torment Wilson and the Seahawks (12-5). The victory sent the Rams into next week’s divisional playoff round, likely at top-seeded Green Bay unless Chicago upsets New Orleans. His heart, his passion for the game is special,” Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. Seahawks: will head into an offseason filled with questions after winning the division but experiencing another early playoff exit.
Aaron Donald, Travis Kelce unanimous AP All-Pro Team choices
Donald was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to The Associated Press All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)Dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald and unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce are unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. It is the sixth All-Pro selection for Donald, who has helped the Los Angeles Rams to the top-ranked defense in the NFL, and the third for Kansas City's record-setting Kelce. Rounding out the offense are Cleveland right tackle Jack Conklin (second selection), and Washington right guard Brandon Scherff (first). The long snapper position is new to the All-Pro Team in 2020, and Baltimore's Morgan Cox is the choice.
Rodgers leads Pack to top of NFC after draft disappointment
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The NFC playoff field features the usual cast of quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 45, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6, 2011, at Arlington, Texas. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 48, 43-8 over the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014, at East Rutherford, N.J. Last year: No. The Bears’ leading tackler left in the first quarter of the Green Bay game with an elbow injury. DBs Buster Skrine, rookie Jaylon Johnson and Deon Bush missed the loss to Green Bay.
LA Rams' top-ranked defense still rolling as playoffs loom
He might find a moment after the Rams (10-6) finish their playoff run, which begins Saturday at Seattle. But Rams fans already appreciate a defense that topped the NFL in several important categories and excelled at nearly everything during a remarkable season. 1 in total yards allowed, yards passing allowed, passing TDs allowed, first downs allowed and points allowed while becoming the Rams' first top-ranked NFL defense in decades. “We're proud of the way we've competed,” Staley said Tuesday as the Rams began preparations for their trip to Seattle. ... LT Andrew Whitworth has a shot to return this week after tearing ligaments in his knee during the Rams' first meeting with Seattle in November.
Wolford, defense lead Rams past Arizona 18-7, into playoffs
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, left, catches a pass against Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during the first half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. It ended with the inexperienced quarterback fearlessly leading the Los Angeles Rams back to the playoffs. And though Wolford capably did his part, everybody in the Rams' jubilant locker room realized they owed this achievement to a dominant defense that scored as many points as the Rams' offense — and a couple more than the Arizona Cardinals — in Los Angeles' 18-7 victory Sunday. Wolford passed for 231 yards and rushed for 56 more, producing many moments of excitement in place of injured Jared Goff. Wolford racked up 47 yards rushing in the first half — more than Goff managed in any game of his five-year career.
Jaguars set sights on Trevor Lawrence after years of failure at QB
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) makes a pass during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have botched the quarterback position repeatedly over the past two decades. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft Sunday, gaining a stronghold on Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence the same day they set a team record for futility. The only thing standing in the way of the small-market team drafting Lawrence is the junior’s decision to turn pro. —Signing Nick Foles: The Jaguars gave Foles a four-year, $88 million deal in 2019 free agency that included $50.125 million guaranteed.
Big plays help Dolphins beat Rams 28-17 in Tua's 1st start
He entertained those along the bench by dancing after the Miami Dolphins' first touchdown, and greeted 5-foot-6 Jakeem Grant with a leaping chest bump to the face mask after another score. The early 33-yard scoring drive was the Dolphins' longest, as the big lead allowed them to keep Tagovailoa mostly under wraps. We tried to make him see a lot of different things, and for the most part it worked.”The Rams' defense received little support from their offense, though. “We heard a lot about the Rams' defense," Miami safety Eric Rowe said, “but they had to worry about our defense.”INJURIESTwo-time Rams Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey became ill before the game and didn’t play. ANTHEMFifteen Rams players knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Dolphins stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.
Bears' offense seeks answers after poor showing against Rams
“I don’t ever remember having our own defense score more than our offense,” Nagy said. “That’s that’s that’s hard to do. But the offense has averaged 16 points per game in Foles’ four starts since, and he’s getting little help from the players around him. The offensive line struggled against the strong front of the Rams (5-2), producing just 2.9 yards per carry. Foles was sacked four times, twice at the hands of former Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd, and he threw two interceptions.
Rams dominate matchup of tough defenses, beat Bears 24-10
Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett caught touchdown passes from Jared Goff, and the Rams won a matchup of dominant defenses, beating the Bears 24-10. After his first sack, Floyd jumped up and went toward the Bears sideline, shouting and gesticulating at the team that let him go. We’re just one tight unit right now.”The Rams led 10-3 at halftime after holding the Bears to 126 yards. ... TE Tyler Higbee was inactive with a hand injury, missing his second game since 2016. Johnny Mundt had a career-high 47 yards receiving in his absence, including a career-best 34-yard catch in the second quarter.
Smith returns as Goff-led Rams beat Washington to get to 4-1
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Landover, Md. Smith played his first NFL game 693 days since breaking his right tibia and fibula, entering when new Washington starting quarterback Kyle Allen injured his left arm. DONALD DOMINANT AGAINDonald took down Allen once and Smith three times to continue his monster start. Washington: Allen was cleared to return early in the third quarter, but Smith stayed in the game. UP NEXTThe Rams visit the 49ers next Sunday, while Washington is at the NFC East rival New York Giants.
The Latest: Cowboys edge Giants with field goal on last play
Prescott was playing the Giants in the first visit of his former coach, Jason Garrett, now New York’s offensive coordinator. A week after giving up a franchise-record 307 yards rushing, the Cowboys allowed Devonta Freeman 20 yards on three carries. The Giants extended the lead to 14-3 when Kyler Fackrell returned an interception by Dak Prescott 46 yards for a touchdown. Atlanta cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a right ankle injury in the second quarter and was listed as questionable to return. Smith is one injury to Allen away from completing his remarkable comeback to play in an NFL game again.
Ramsey, Tate unlikely to face team discipline for fight
Neither Tate nor Ramsey spoke publicly Monday. Ramsey and Tate fought shortly after the final whistle Sunday in the Rams' 17-9 victory over the Giants in Inglewood. Judge said the Giants probably wouldn't discipline Tate, while McVay said the Rams would handle the matter internally. Ramsey and Breanna Tate, a former track athlete at Ole Miss, broke up last year, reportedly while Breanna Tate was pregnant with their second child. Golden Tate made his displeasure with Ramsey known on social media, and it boiled over in their first on-field meeting since then.
Rams hold off Giants 17-9; Ramsey, Tate fight after game
Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp for a 55-yard touchdown with 6:56 to play, and the Rams grinded out a 17-9 victory over New York on Sunday before the wild fight between Ramsey and Tate. Los Angeles managed 240 total yards and went nearly 45 minutes between its two touchdowns, but it was enough. Williams said he recognized the Giants' play call from earlier in the game, allowing him to anticipate the throw. Graham Gano kicked three field goals in the Giants’ first game in the Los Angeles area since 1994. Los Angeles had racked up at least 400 total yards in each of its first three games.
The Latest: Wentz has early interception against 49ers
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Latest on Week 4 in the NFL (all times EDT)___8:35 p.m.Carson Wentz has thrown his NFL-worst seventh interception of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles. ___7:05 p.m.Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s 1-yard sneak that gave Buffalo a 23-16 lead over Las Vegas early in the fourth quarter. ___7:20 p.m.Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is back guiding the Bills offense after injuring his left shoulder late in the first half at Las Vegas. ___6:40 p.m.Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen headed to the locker room after falling on his left wrist. The high-scoring start to the 2020 NFL season continued Sunday with several games featuring lots of points and very little defense.
AP source: Woods gets 4-year, $68M extension with LA Rams
LOS ANGELES – A person with knowledge of the deal says receiver Robert Woods has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $68 million with the Los Angeles Rams. Woods' extension includes a guaranteed $32 million, and the veteran receiver is now signed with his hometown team through the 2025 season. He has been a major, versatile component of Los Angeles' prolific offense under coach Sean McVay since they joined the franchise together in 2017. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey got a five-year, $105 million extension last week, while Woods’ counterpart, fellow 1,100-yard receiver Cooper Kupp, got a three-year deal worth $48 million. Woods’ deal was announced after the Rams’ media availability Friday, but Kupp reacted to it on Twitter with a photo of the two receivers along with: “Iron x Iron!
Minshew, defense lead Jaguars over winless Bengals 27-17
Chris Conley #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball after a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jaguars (3-4) managed only field goals by still-perfect Josh Lambo until their rookie quarterback and their depleted defense made game-turning plays at the end. Their defense picked off Andy Dalton three times in the fourth quarter to put it away. The rookie completed 15 of 32 for 255 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole for a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. He had receptions of 12, 48 and 27 yards on the Bengals' touchdown drive late in the first half.
MONDAY HUDDLE: Are Jaguars now 'America's Team?'
Jaguars a hot team to follow nationallyForgot the New England Patriots or Dallas Cowboys. The NFLs most interesting team to follow at the moment from a national perspective just might be the Jacksonville Jaguars. 15 is already the best-selling Jaguars jersey since the season began across the Fanatics network, which includes NFLShop.com and the Jaguars' online store, according to ESPN. With winnable games coming up against Denver and Carolina, the Jaguars also could be a team on the rise in the standings. For the first time since November 2016, the Central Florida Knights will take the practice field this week following a regular-season loss.
Minshew throws 2 TD passes in Jaguars win against Titans
Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and should have had a third, Calais Campbell spearheaded another defensive gem and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 20-7 in sloppy conditions Thursday night. Suspended Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan later added, "Wow, who would have thought that the refs would mess up so many calls?" ... Titans linebacker Sharif Finch injured his right ankle in the third. UP NEXTThe Titans play at Atlanta. The Jaguars play at Denver.
Jaguars vs. Titans: How to watch, stream, listen
Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars are still looking for their first win of the season. The Jags host the Tennessee Titans at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday. Jacksonville is 0-2 on the season and the Titans are 1-1. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey requests trade, report saysOn Monday, The Associated Press reported that star cornerback Jalen Ramsey requested to be traded. NFL Sunday TicketWhich team is favored to win the game?
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey requests trade, report says
Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A person familiar with the situation says Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade following his sideline argument with coach Doug Marrone. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because neither Ramsey nor the team had made the request public. Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed to ESPN that he asked the Jags to trade the disgruntled defender. Ramsey was upset that Marrone didn't challenge DeAndre Hopkins' first-down catch late in the first quarter of a 13-12 loss at Houston on Sunday. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.