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2018 Los Angeles Rams Game-By-Game Predictions
The Rams official 2018 regular season schedule was released last week and it didn't take long for analysts and sports writers to begin making predictions for the team's overall record. ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez took a game-by-game approach to breakdown how Los Angeles' schedule could shake out each week.
Here's the first half of Gonzalez's 2018 projections. For his full breakdown, click here.
Week 1 at Oakland Raiders
"This will be fun. Sean McVay will be facing off against his mentor, Jon Gruden, who will make his return to the Raiders -- and to coaching -- under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. His Rams are the better, more complete team. And they'll once again get off on the right foot. Record: 1-0."
Week 2 vs. Arizona Cardinals*
"Look for the Rams' menacing defensive line to get after a familiar face in Sam Bradford, who is coming off knee surgery. Record: 2-0."
Week 3 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
"This smells like a trap game. The Chargers have the talent to compete for a division title this season, and they'll get the better of the Rams in this one. Record: 2-1."
Week 4 vs. Minnesota Vikings
"Here it is -- the first signature win of the season. Kirk Cousins has since replaced Case Keenum, and the Vikings might be even better than the team that went to the NFC Championship Game last year. But the Rams will be ready. Record: 3-1."
Week 5 at Seattle Seahawks
"This isn't the Seahawks the Rams are used to playing. They know they can win there, and they'll do so again. Record: 4-1."
Week 6 at Denver Broncos
"When Keenum faced his former team last year, he went 27-of-38 for 280 yards and a touchdown. Now he'll be steering a Broncos team that isn't as good as last year's Vikings, and facing a Rams defensive line that will make it a lot tougher for him to slither away. Record: 5-1."
Week 7 at San Francisco 49ers
"It's a small sample size, sure, but it seems as if Kyle Shanahan has a pretty good feel for McVay (or, perhaps more accurately, Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips). Back at home, Shanahan will find a way to sneak past McVay's starters in this one.Record: 5-2."
*Week 8 vs. Green Bay Packers
"Here's a fun matchup between two former Cal quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will be playing at the Coliseum for the first time since completing 23 consecutive passes during a dramatic loss to No. 1 USC in October 2004. Rodgers' team, now the Packers, will come up short here once again. Record: 6-2."
Mark Barron Holds NFL-Style Combine for Mobile Youngsters
Rams linebacker Mark Barron participated in the NFL Combine in 2012, just a few months before being drafted as the No. 7 overall pick. And this week, Barron was at yet another Combine. But this time, the Alabama product was no longer a participant in the event, he was its host.
As the co-owner of the D1 Sports Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, Barron was on hand at his hometown to host a combine-style event for young athletes in the area. Not only did he provide encouragement to the participants, but he also took the time for a few autographs and photos.
"It means the world to me," Barron said in an interview with AL.com, "just coming back and being able to enhance my community, allowing these kids to be able to have access to something like this. I'm excited about it, and it means the world to me."
To read more on the Combine-style experience and Barron's role in the camp, click here.