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Rams have first 3-game winning streak since 2006

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Rams have first 3-game winning streak since 2006

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have their first three-game winning streak since the end of the 2006 season and they're making no apologies for the way they're doing it.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday he's less concerned about how his team wins than actually getting the victory. The Rams are coming off a 15-12 victory at Buffalo on Sunday in which the defense held the fourth-ranked rushing offense to just 61 yards and special teams stymied one of the best return teams in the league.

``To win a game like this in a hard place to play, against a team like that, we had to play that well. We had to play good in all three phases or good enough in three,'' Fisher said. ``Good in special teams and good on defense.''

That ``good enough'' was directed at the St. Louis offense, which continues to struggle to score. Fisher said the Rams can't continue to rely on their defense and special teams to overcome the league's 29th-ranked offense.

Brandon Gibson's touchdown catch with 48 seconds left helped lift the Rams to a 15-12 victory over the Bills on Sunday, marking just the fourth offensive touchdown for St. Louis during its three-game stretch. It also capped a relatively mediocre day for Sam Bradford, who completed 19 of 39 attempts for 207 of the Rams' 285 total yards. He also had an interception.

``At the end of the day a win's a win,'' Fisher said. ``We're not equipped like New England to put 40 up on everybody. Hopefully we'll get to that point, but right now we're finding ways to win.''

It was a similar formula the Rams' used in the two previous wins. The defense scored 14 of the team's 31 points at Arizona and the offense didn't score any in its overtime victory against San Francisco last week. But the offense found a way to get in position to score when necessary against the 49ers. Greg Zuerlein kicked field goals as time expired in regulation and then to win the game in overtime.

Against the Bills, the Rams drove 84 yards in just over four minutes for the winning touchdown.

``Anytime you can go out and win a game in the final minutes, it can give you confidence,'' Bradford said. ``It's not the first time we've done that this year, we've done it a couple of times, but to do it on the road, and in those conditions, it says a lot about our offense.''

Fisher also believes it says a lot about his team in general.

After the Rams opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, the Bills scored on the ensuing possession to grab a 12-7 lead. They failed on a two-point conversion attempt.

The quick turnaround didn't seem to bother the Rams, Fisher said.

``There was no panic. It was just let's play, let's answer,'' he said. ``What's good is they're learning not to look at the scoreboard, they're just learning to play. You play hard, you play consistent, than the score should usually take care of itself. ``

St. Louis hosts Minnesota on Sunday.

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

Ron Rivera reportedly hopes the Redskins can change their name before the 2020 season starts

One day after his team announced they'd be launching a "thorough review" of its name, Ron Rivera told the Washington Post "it would be awesome" if the Redskins could complete the change before the 2020 season.

In fact, Rivera already has a few favorite ideas that he and Dan Snyder have tossed around in their recent, extensive discussions about the topic, though he wouldn't disclose them yet.

"We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like," Rivera told Les Carpenter on Saturday.

In Washington's Friday statement, Rivera said, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”

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While talking with Carpenter, Rivera further explained that a new name must be respectful to both of those groups. 

"We want to do this in a positive way," Rivera said.

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It feels like more progress has been made toward a possible change in the past few days than the past handful of years.

Snyder, who once proclaimed his organization would "NEVER" make a switch, is clearly softening his stance now. That shift comes as outside pressure has really mounted from every direction since Thursday.

According to the Post, the owner and his new coach have really focused on going to a new name over the last month, with Rivera hoping to end the process soon.

"My eyes are wide open," Rivera said to Carpenter.

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