Re­vamped Rams on road

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By CHARLES ODUM

There is no guar­an­tee that a Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance will gen­er­ate long-term mo­men­tum. Just ask the Rams, who re­turn to At­lanta as a .500 team with three straight losses only eight months af­ter their Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance. Or check in with the At­lanta Fal­cons, whose 2016 Su­per Bowl sea­son seems a dis­tant mem­ory. The Fal­cons have lost four straight, leav­ing them on tar­get for a sec­ond straight los­ing record.

AT­LANTA — There is no guar­an­tee that a Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance will gen­er­ate longterm mo­men­tum.

Just ask the Los An­ge­les Rams, who re­turn to At­lanta as a .500 team with three straight losses only eight months af­ter their Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance.

Or check in with the At­lanta Fal­cons, whose 2016 Su­per Bowl sea­son seems a dis­tant mem­ory. The Fal­cons have lost four straight, leav­ing them on tar­get for a sec­ond straight los­ing record.

The Rams (3-3), who play the Fal­cons (1-5) on Sun­day, had a busy week while re­tool­ing their sec­ondary. The big ad­di­tion was cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey, one of the league’s top play­ers at his po­si­tion, who was ac­quired from Jacksonvil­le.

Also this week, the Rams placed cor­ner­back Aqib Talib and safety John John­son on in­jured re­serve and traded cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters.

The Rams gave up three draft picks, in­clud­ing two first-rounders, for Ram­sey in a dra­matic at­tempt to gen­er­ate re­newed mo­men­tum for an­other play­off run fol­low­ing their Su­per Bowl loss to New Eng­land.

Coach Sean McVay said Ram­sey pro­vides “all the traits that you look for in a cor­ner.”

While Ram­sey pre­pares to play, the Rams may have to rely on a bunch of rel­a­tively untested de­fen­sive backs against Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, in­clud­ing cor­ner­backs Troy Hill and Dar­i­ous Wil­liams and safety Mar­qui Chris­tian.

The Fal­cons’ frus­tra­tions may have peaked when usu­ally re­li­able Matt Bryant missed a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing ex­tra point in last week’s 34-33 loss at Ari­zona. Only a dra­matic turn­around would save the Fal­cons from their sec­ond straight los­ing sea­son. The los­ing streak has in­creased the pres­sure on fifth-year coach Dan Quinn.

Quinn said his play­ers “want to get it right.”

“They’re hurt­ing, the fans are hurt­ing, every­body is,” he said. “If you’re around the team, you know how much they care and how much it means to them. More than any­thing, they want to get it right. When we haven’t done that, it stings.”

Here are some more things to know about the Rams-Fal­cons matchup:

THEN THERE WAS ONE Safety Eric Wed­dle is the only starter from last week’s loss to San Fran­cisco who will re­turn in the Rams sec­ondary. He has to lead the new mix of starters.

“That’s why you have me, quite hon­estly,” Wed­dle said. “I’ve been through this many a time. Re­volv­ing door, whether it’s safeties, cor­ners, it’s my job to get ev­ery­one on the same page and play at a high level.” NO DE­FENSE

Quinn fired all his co­or­di­na­tors af­ter last sea­son and named him­self de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. That hasn’t pro­duced the re­sults he wanted. The Fal­cons rank last in the league in scor­ing de­fense and sacks. “There’s noth­ing where we can say we’re hit­ting the mark in any way,” Quinn said.

JUST VIS­IT­ING, Y’ALL The Rams will re­main in At­lanta and will prac­tice at Ge­or­gia Tech next week be­fore fly­ing to Lon­don for their Oct. 27 game against Cincin­nati. Quar­ter­back Jared Goff said he thinks the time away from home will be “some­what gal­va­niz­ing.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

CHAS­ING At­lanta Fal­cons quar­ter­back Matt Ryan (2) runs as Ari­zona Cardinals line­backer Chan­dler Jones (55) pur­sues dur­ing a game on Oct. 13 in Glen­dale, Ariz.

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