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Ten Thoughts on the NFL

Check out my Ten Thoughts on the NFL this week and drop some of your own in the comment section.

New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Ram Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

1) Last week the Los Angeles Rams lost to a very good Minnesota Vikings team, and the naysayers were all out saying, ‘I told you the Rams aren’t for real!’

On Sunday the Rams beat a very good New Orleans Saints team, so can we go back to thinking the Rams are pretty good?

2) One more Rams thing.

Did you see that L.A. head coach Sean McVay is calling plays for his young quarterback at the line of scrimmage? The NFL cuts off the radio communication between play caller and quarterback with 15 seconds left on the play clock, so the Rams hustle up to the line so McVay can give Jared Goff the audible if needed.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the competition committee recommend a change to the communication rule this offseason.

3) The Atlanta Falcons have won three straight and are making the race in the NFC South interesting. Right now the 7-4 Falcons are the 6th seed, with the Carolina Panthers (8-3) holding the 5th seed and the Saints (8-3) the fourth seed.

4) In the AFC, I’m interested to see if the Los Angeles Chargers can make a playoff push. They have won two straight to pull them to 5-6, and I just like the way they are playing on offense. When Philip Rivers is rolling, that’s a fun team.

5) The Green Bay Packers lost on Sunday Night, but I think their quarterback, Brett Hundley, may have turned a corner. He had three TD passes and threw for 245 yards, but more importantly for them, he had no turnovers.

5a) Also, Packers fans are really pissed off about their team. They want the head coach and GM fired, and while listening to Milwaukee sports radio the other day, the hosts were talking about trading Aaron Rodgers to help with the rebuild.

6) Denver Broncos’ corner Aqib Talib and Raiders’ wide out Michael Crabtree were both suspended two games by the league yesterday from an altercation in their game. got their hands on the letters notifying them of their suspensions, and it appears that they use a form letter for their disciplinary actions.

Here’s the letter sent by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan to Crabtree.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter -- less than three minutes into the game. First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game. Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over. Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and league personnel, including one of our game officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation. Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent's facemask and threw a punch at him ... Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations."

And here’s the letter sent to Tailb.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game. First, while competing on the field of play, you deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him. Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity. Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch. ... Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations."

7) What is this gravity defying wizardry?

8) Last night DeAndre Hopkins caught 7 for 125 for the Houston Texans, and he continued to show how important a great wide out is to a young quarterback.

Something Sam tweeted about in regards to his latest article...

9) This isn’t NFL related, but I thought this was really neat.

I wonder if Army will bring out something special for the game too?

10) While listening to the WSCR this morning, a caller claiming to be an employee of a Philadelphia strip club said he saw three Chicago Bears in his establishment until about 1:00 am Sunday morning.

If true, does this bother you guys?