The Rams had a tougher time with the Texans than the final score of 33-7 would indicate.

Houston, playing with Tom Savage in place of the injured Deshaun Watson, had a 7-6 lead as late as the final minute of the first half. The Rams solved the Texans’ defense in the third quarter as Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes, including a 94-yarder to Robert Woods.

In 2016, the Rams scored 242 points, the fewest in the NFL and a whopping 40 behind the second-worst Browns. Now, they lead the NFL with 296 points, and they seemingly are only getting better. They’ve won their past three games by scores of 33-0, 51-17 and 33-7.

The talent is there. Melvin Ingram, a versatile defensive lineman who’s great rushing the passer and against the run, could be the most underrated player in the NFL. Melvin Gordon ranks among the best running backs in football, and venerable Phillip Rivers gives them a chance in every game.

Yet there was plenty of evidence on social media that fans were not happy and would voice their unhappiness with their pocketbooks — which in a way they have already begun doing: By midday Monday, ESPN reported that Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered more than that of any other NFL player.

Shazier made an emotional appearance Sunday at Heinz Field for his team’s big game against the Patriots, his first trip out of the hospital since his surgery.?

Vernon Shazier said before his interview with ESPN that he couldn’t get into specifics of his son’s injury. The Steelers have not elaborated in detail what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor about his prognosis.

“I have the best job in the world. I grew up sitting on the couch watching games with my dad. I now get to do that with millions of fans who are just like me, and want to change the channel as quickly as possible, and think they’re better on the remote than anyone else. And that’s what I get to do every Sunday.”

Taylor is arguably the greatest defensive player in NFL history, but some of that was offset by his reckless behavior on and off the field during his career with the Giants. He served a 30-day suspension in 1988 after testing positive for cocaine, and he had substance abuse problems that led to multiple arrests after his career was over.

Of all the personalities on the Chicago Bears’ teams of the 1980s, McMahon was the most controversial. He drank beer at press conferences. He sparred with Mike Ditka. He wore headbands in defiance of NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. He mooned television cameras and always said what was on his mind, for better or worse. That was good enough to lead the 1985 Bears to one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.
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