Strug­gling Rams fi­nally go to Goff

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY -

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported Tues­day t hat quar­ter­back Jared Goff will make his NFL de­but Sun­day when the No. 1 over­all draft pick starts for the Rams.

The Rams will host the Dol­phins at the Los An­ge­les Me­mo­rial Coli­seum, where fans chanted, “We want Goff!” two weeks ago dur­ing a loss to the Pan­thers.

The Rams have scored an NFL-worst 15.4 points per game. Veteran Case Keenum has started ev­ery game, pass­ing for 2,169 yards with 11 in­ter­cep­tions and nine touch­downs.

In a 9-6 win over the Jets, the Rams failed to score a touch­down for the third time in nine games. Vik­ings cut Walsh: The Vik­ings cut strug­gling kicker Blair Walsh, two days af­ter he missed his league-lead­ing fourth ex­tra point in a 26-20 loss to the Red­skins.

Walsh was 12 of 16 on field-goal at­tempts and 15 of 19 on ex­tra-point tries in nine games this sea­son. The Vik­ings started the sea­son 5-0 but have lost four straight games.

A con­tract agree­ment has been reached with Kai For­bath, one of six kick­ers the Vik­ings brought in for a try­out two weeks ago af­ter a loss to the Lions in which Walsh missed an ex­tra­point at­tempt and had a field-goal try blocked. Romo backs Prescott: Tony Romo said Dak Prescott has “earned the right” to take his job as the Cow­boys start­ing quar­ter­back.

In a five-minute pre­pared state­ment, a solemn Romo, who broke a bone in his back dur­ing the pre- sea­son, de­scribed the dif­fi­culty of deal­ing with the lat­est in­jury to side­line him. He did not take ques­tions af­ter his state­ment.

With Prescott lead­ing the way, the Cow­boys (8-1) have the best record in the NFL af­ter ty­ing a fran­chise sea­son record with eight straight wins. Romo, who hasn’t been ac­tive for a game since Thanks­giv­ing, is ex­pected to be Prescott’s backup Sun­day at home against the Ravens. Ex­tra points: Pan­thers QB Cam New­ton said play­ers are “owed” the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate af­ter big plays. The reign­ing MVP said “the league has to un­der­stand it’s en­ter­tain­ing to see that.” ... 49ers QB Colin Kaeper­nick is stand­ing be­hind his de­ci­sion not to vote in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion or even reg­is­ter to take part in the demo­cratic process, say­ing he can af­fect change in other ways be­sides through a bal­lot. ... The Car­di­nals have switched pun­ters, re- sign­ing Drew But­ler and re­leas­ing Ryan Quigley. But­ler was the Car­di­nals’ punter for the first three games of the sea­son be­fore in­jur­ing a calf. He was waived with an in­jury set­tle­ment and the team signed Quigley. ... Steel­ers DE Cam Hey­ward is out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing an up­per-body in­jury in Sun­day’s loss to the Cow­boys. Hey­ward posted a mes­sage on In­sta­gram but did not go into specifics about the in­jury. ... Browns T Joe Thomas, Ravens G Mar­shal Yanda and Sea­hawks KR Tyler Lock­ett, AP All-Pro selections in 2015, are among the 32 fi­nal­ists for the Art Rooney Award for sports­man­ship. The win­ner of the award will be de­ter­mined by a vote of cur­rent play­ers.

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