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Shmackem: The resilient LA Rams

Carlos Ruiz

The Los Angeles Rams returned to its winning ways taking on the Seattle Seahawks, proving the team is still a force to be reckoned with.

Sunday’s game versus the Seahawks turned out to be a 36-31 win for the Rams. Although the margin of victory wasn’t substantial, it showed that this Rams squad is resilient.

It was made official on Nov. 4 that the Rams will not qualify to be 16-0 and join rarefied air as an NFL team to go undefeated for the entire regular season.

Although the team was handed its first loss of the season, it does not take away from the fact that this team is scary good.

The Rams have been hands down the hottest NFL team this year, maybe even in all major sports, starting off 8-0 for the first time since 1969.

With the Rams no longer being undefeated, it had different side effects for either team in the matchup.

The Seahawks knew for a fact that the Rams are not completely invincible afterall, as the Saints confirmed it.

A perennial playoff team and contender, the Seahawks are struggling mightily this season, as the team came into Sunday’s matchup at 4-4. Hungry for a win to put the season record over 50 percent in the win column, as the Seahawks look to make a late playoff push.

Meanwhile, the Rams were able follow the game plan and get back on track, racking up wins as they were previously doing.

Also, the team did have the benefit of having some of the pressure of maintaining a squeaky clean record alleviated heading into the game.

With Sunday’s win, the Rams are now 9-1, which places the team in a tie for the best record in the entire NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ironically, the two teams with the best record play next game. It will be a battle to see who will break the tie and take the crown of best record in the NFL on Nov. 19 at 5:15 p.m.

The Rams not only have to deal with the Chiefs, but also the adversity of a harsh reality that parts of Los Angeles are currently under fire.

The team may experience some of the effects of the fire either directly or indirectly, as it is causing casualties and the displacement of LA community members.

Although the game is going to be played in Mexico City, it still may be hard for the Rams to focus and lock in to the game knowing the team’s hometown is significantly up in flames.

The Rams will also be without the help of wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament last game. He was a big part of the offense and will be out for the season.

Winning this game amid the adversity would be a major statement for the Rams and would solidify the team’s place as the best team in the NFL. The week 11 win would also net the team the earliest division title since the Chicago Bears clinched its division in 1985.


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About the Contributors
Jah-Tosh Baruti
Jah-Tosh Baruti, Staff Writer
Jah-Tosh Baruti is author of the sports column titled Shmackem. Previously he was sports editor for Talon Marks. Baruti also took home an award for his sports writing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in 2018.
Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz, Managing Editor
Carlos Ruiz is the Managing Editor for Talon Marks. He admires photography, and even launched his own website and has dedicated his Instagram to his work. His dream job is always changing, but most recently, he would like to travel the world taking photos, or something having to do with photojournalism. He’s hopeful to continue working on a newspaper staff at the CSU he decides to attend.  
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