Rams expected to rest some starters Sunday

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Rams coach Sean McVay said he expects to rest some starters for the regular-season finale against the 49ers.

There’s “a vision to make sure we’re as ready as possible for that wild-card playoff game,” McVay said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Rams already have clinched the NFC West and cannot improve their playoff position. They are locked into either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will host a wild-card game either way.

Los Angeles could rest Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and Andrew Whitworth among others on Sunday. Gurley has 19 total touchdowns this season but may not get a chance to help his MVP candidacy, though his health for the playoffs is far more important than an individual award.

20 responses to “Rams expected to rest some starters Sunday

  1. Meaningless as it is, I’m sure the 49ers would love to finally get at least 1 win in the division not to mention their 6th in a season where many said it was 4-5 was a stretch. Not to mention that they’ve likely found their franchise QB. Not to take anything from the Rams should they lose. They’ll be just fine either way. Should be a tough out at least for thier home playoff game.

  2. If Belichick isn’t resting a 40 year old starter, why do lesser coaches rest theirs? Big mistake, your star players will be out rythm come playoffs time.

  3. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    If Belichick isn’t resting a 40 year old starter, why do lesser coaches rest theirs? Big mistake, your star players will be out rythm come playoffs time
    With that failed logic, one would then argue that the Patriots would never want to try to get a first round bye either.

  4. @patsfan

    Agreed, history has proven that the teams that take their foot off the gas pedal heading into the playoffs usually get out of rhythm for some reason. Usually it’s the 1st and 2nd seeds who have the bye week tend to struggle more when they rest starters late in the season.

    Health and rest is important but, they’d probably be better served playing at least a half then just completely sitting out.

  5. The recognition and endorsements that come with winning an MVP should not be taken away from Gurley. Can’t take years like this for granted and the opportunity takes him one step closer to football immortality in Canton. Complete BS that one would argue he should throw away trying to win MVP to save himself from NOT winning a Superbowl. And you can take it to the Bank that the Rams aren’t winning the Superbowl.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: If Belachek blah blah blah blah blah.. lesser coaches.. blah, blah blah. Star players will be out rythm… blah blah blah blah.
    Typical no brain Patriot fan. Patriots are still playing for homefield, plus they’ll have a bye anyway. Get over yourself, please.

  7. They just don’t want to be the Jaguars or Titans and go into the playoff after having their butts kicked. It’s a built in excuse. I’d love to see how the Niners match up in their own division

  8. Wow, if this doesn’t say, we do not want to play the Vikings, I don’t know what does. What a joke! They were totally embarrassed, and quite honestly reverted to their 2016 selves by the second quarter of that game. The team is absolutely soft, and are doing this because they’re scared. Truly pathetic.

  9. Being 4th seed and facing Eagles might be better than 3 seed and going to Minn; assuming you win the wild card game. I would rest and do the same thing.

  10. Even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see that this is a win-win for the Rams…

    They rest their starters and don’t risk injury. Meanwhile, they’ll drop down to the 4th seed and would be a wildcard win away from playing the extremely vulnerable Eagles in the divisional round.It’s a no-brainer.

  11. I would love to see my 9ers play this team at full strength. I am not saying we win, but it would be a great game to show us where we are in comparison to a top 4 NFC team… it could show us our most glaring need (beyond cb)

  12. I hear Rams are resting starters because they WANT to be 4th seed so in Round 2 they play Philly and not the Vikings in Minny, a team they only scored 7 pts against a few wks ago. Makes sense to me.

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