he Rams defeated the 49ers Thursday night in dramatic fashion with the help of three Todd Gurley touchdowns.
1. Rams 41, 49ers 39. The biggest storyline going into this game was whether fans would show up to Levi’s Stadium, but those in attendance were treated to the best game of the season. San Francisco nearly rallied from a 41-26 fourth-quarter deficit after Los Angeles fumbled a late kickoff, but it failed on a two-point conversion try. The Niners then collected an onside kick, but could do nothing with the extra possession, turning the ball over on downs after an Aaron Donald sack. In the win, Todd Gurley tallied 149 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns, while Jared Gofffinished with a 145.8 passer rating and three scores of his own.
3. Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Michael Bennett sent a memo to the league office requesting that the NFL have November “serve as a month of Unity for individual teams to engage and impact the community in their market,” among other ideas.
4. Here’s a headline that made me double-take: In Pittsburgh, Mike Glennon Is Known As the ‘Steelers Killer’
Terrelle Pryor, Al Davis’ last draft selection, has turned his career around after leaving the Raiders.
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5. Jerry McDonald has a surprisingly touching story about the mark left by late Raiders owner Al Davis on his final draft pick, upcoming Oakland opponentTerrelle Pryor. “It means the world to me,” Pryor said of being the legend’s final selection. “He was a special guy. I had a marvelous time during the time I spent talking to him. It was a short time, but I learned a lot about the game.”
6. Adam Kilgore spoke to coaches at all levels for a piece arguing, basically, that “the sport’s current developmental system creates exceptional college football players and unprepared NFL players.”
7. After firing OC Ken Zampese, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told players that if the results don’t change, they will be the next to go.
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8. Effortgate rolls on, as Ezekiel Elliott commented on his play Sunday: “I would say I was just very frustrated, but that’s no excuse for the lack of effort I showed on tape. I just can’t do that. Being one of the leaders on the team and being a guy that people count on, I can’t put that type of stuff on film.”
9. Falcons rookie defender Takk McKinley is racking up supporters with a combination of speed, power, and comedy.
10. Two weeks in, Las Vegas is buying the Matthew Stafford hype. He’s now a co-favorite for the MVP award, alongside Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.