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    Pundits Los Angeles Rams Hoodie , fans and other teams seem to be lining up to praise them.While they appreciate the respect, this is a profoundly weird experience for any Rams who were around even two years ago for the franchise’s less-than-glorious return to LA after a decade of losing in St. Louis.This team doesn’t have much experience in being the favorites for anything, and the Rams are wary of the role.“I hate it,” said Michael Brockers, who has been on the defensive line for seven years.“I hate looking at ‘SportsCenter’ and they’ve got you at the top of the power rankings,” Brockers added with a smile. “It’s just like, you know, stop crowning us! For me, I’m a humble guy. I don’t want to be crowned. I always want the attitude of being the hungry dog, being the underdog, because you almost seem to be more hungrier when you play like that.”Nobody with any experience in the Rams’ locker room has forgotten that this franchise is just one year removed from streaks of 13 consecutive losing seasons and 12 consecutive non-playoff seasons. Humility is relatively easy with that struggle still on their minds, according to the players and coaches who went through it.Jared Goff doesn’t even turn 24 until next Sunday, but he remembers going 0-7 as a rookie starter for the hapless Rams of 2016.“I don’t think we’re getting any bit caught up in anything,” said Goff, who’s second in the NFL with 1,406 yards passing after his outstanding effort against Minnesota. “I think a lot of people on this team, being part of that team two years ago, understand how easy it is to be on the other side of it, and you don’t ever want to go back there. You understand the work that needs to be put in to stay where you’re at.”Receiver Robert Woods said it’s “easy” to ignore the attention the Rams (4-0) are getting.“It’s just buzz,” he said. “It’s just noise. We’ve been on both sides. We’ve been not talked about Jack Youngblood Jersey Black Friday , and now we’re being talked about, but it’s really just focus. We know how it goes. We had a great year last year and fell short, and I think this year the team is just focused. No outside distractions. Don’t blink. Just focus on one goal.”Los Angeles was revived last season by coach Sean McVay, going 11-5 and winning the NFC West before losing its playoff opener. This season’s team appeared to be even stronger on paper ??and through four games, that’s exactly what it has been.The Rams lead the NFL with 468.5 yards per game of offense, increasing their total every week. Only five teams have allowed fewer points than the Rams, and their special teams have thrived despite losing two of their four Pro Bowl selections to injury.The rest of the football world can get excited about the Rams, but McVay reflexively downplays any idea that they’re a Super Bowl favorite.“I have no doubt that we have the right kind of guys in our locker room that know it’s about earning it every single day,” McVay said. “They are confident, but like we’ve said over and over, there’s a humility that exists.”Along with the respect they’ve garnered, the Rams’ 15-5 record over the past 20 regular-season games has turned them into a target for opponents, who realize they’re facing one of the NFL’s best.The power shift in the NFC West could be cemented this weekend if the Rams can win in Seattle for the second straight season. The Seahawks had won eight division titles in 13 years before Los Angeles shoved past them last season, but the Rams only spoke of the Seahawks with immense respect Wednesday.“Being hunted, I don’t think that bothers us,” Brockers said. “Because we’ve been underdogs for so long, so our mentality isn’t even that we’re that good. We’ve won some games, but we know we can get better.”Attention has even darker aspects for professional athletes: Woods’ house was burglarized last Thursday while he was playing against the Minnesota Vikings. Police arrested four suspects Tuesday in connection with that crime and a series of planned heists at celebrities’ homes.“It’s an unfortunate event, but I’m happy they caught them,” said Woods Torry Holt Jersey , a native of the Los Angeles suburbs. “I’m happy nobody got hurt. I guess it’s LA territory.” LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Rodgers can’t lead a game-winning drive if he never gets the ball.That was the whole idea when Los Angeles‘ Ramik Wilson forced a fumble from Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery on a late kickoff return. That was also Todd Gurley’s thought moments later when he stopped running with a clear path to the end zone, keeping Rodgers stuck on the sideline in the unbeaten Rams‘ eighth victory.“Man, forget fantasy,” Gurley said with a grin. “Forget Vegas. We got the win, so that’s all that matters.”Greg Zuerlein hit a 34-yard field goal with 2:05 left before Wilson forced and recovered Montgomery’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Gurley’s prudent decision to go down wrapped up the Rams’ 29-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.Jared Goff passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns while the Rams (8-0) were sternly tested by the Packers (3-3-1).Both teams rallied from 10-point deficits to take a lead in front of a rollicking, bipartisan Coliseum crowd, but the Rams extended their best start since 1969 by capitalizing on two crushing special-teams mistakes by Green Bay.Rodgers threw for 286 yards, but he didn’t get a snap in the final 5:20.“That was a high-caliber, back-and-forth game,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “This team has demonstrated through eight games that while we have a long way to go, this team is capable of winning games in a bunch of different ways.”Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 8:50 left to put the Packers ahead 27-26, but Goff and Gurley drove the Rams into range for Zuerlein’s second field goal of the fourth quarter after a 25-yard punt by JK Scott.Montgomery then coughed up his return, and Wilson pounced on the ball.“That play didn’t lose the game, but it took away an opportunity to win,” Rodgers said.Montgomery declined to talk after the game, but Wilson called his fumble-forcing hit “one of the biggest collisions I’ve been in.”Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the return man was supposed to take a touchback.“You trust your players on tough decisions, close decisions,” McCarthy said. “I think Ty was just trying to make a play.”In the final minute, Gurley ran 17 yards for a key first down and stopped before reaching the end zone Eric Dickerson Color Rush Jersey , allowing the Rams to run out the clock.Josh Reynolds caught two touchdown passes for Los Angeles. Gurley had 114 yards rushing and 81 yards receiving, and he scored a touchdown in his franchise record-tying 11th consecutive game on a 30-yard pass in the third quarter .“That was probably my favorite (win) of the year,” said Goff, who went 19 for 35 without an interception.The Rams faced their largest deficit of the remarkable season when they trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter, but they calmly turned it into a 23-13 lead late in the third.Rodgers answered with two touchdown drives to grab a one-point lead for Green Bay in the fourth quarter, but Goff countered his fellow Cal product and childhood hero after Aaron Donald sacked Rodgers on third down to stop the Packers’ next drive.“The urgency has to pick up, but there’s no momentum gained from a loss,” Rodgers said. “We can play with anybody, but we already knew that before this game. It’s not like this was some revelation.”Both teams had loud contingents of fans at the Coliseum, where Green Bay won the first Super Bowl in 1967. The Packers were greeted by a rowdy bunch of California Cheeseheads in Green Bay’s first trip to Los Angeles since the NFL returned in 2016.After Reynolds scored on a 19-yard grab late in the third, the Packers responded with Aaron Jones‘ 33-yard TD draw run up the middle with 13 seconds left.GURLEY AND CRAZYLEGSGurley’s scoring catch put Los Angeles ahead in the third quarter. The grab also extended Gurley’s TD streak to tie the Rams record set by Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch in 1950-51. Gurley leads the NFL with 15 touchdowns, and he became the fourth player in league history to score at least 15 touchdowns in the first eight games of a season, joining Jim Brown (17 in 1958) and Priest Holmes (15 in 2002 and 2004).SHIELDS SHINESSam Shields made several big plays for LA against his former team. The veteran defensive back caught a pass from Johnny Hekker on a fake punt, and he later downed a punt at the Green Bay 1 to set up the Rams’ defense for its safety. Shields played seven seasons with the Packers before his fourth concussion in 2016 nearly ended his career, but he returned to the NFL with the Rams this season.INJURIESPackers: WR Randall Cobb had four catches for 40 yards in his return from a three-game absence with a hamstring injury.Rams: WR Cooper Kupp missed his second straight game with a knee injury, opening the chance for Reynolds to shine.UP NEXTPackers: At New England on Nov. 4.Rams: At New Orleans on Nov. 4.

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