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Postby hongwei28 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:53 am

Sam Shields expects to be tested if the Los Angeles Rams do not have their two starting cornerbacks available against Minnesota on Thursday night."That's part of the game. Backups Youth Kirk Cousins Jersey , hey, you gots to go at 'em," Shields said Tuesday night.With Aqib Talib set to undergo surgery and the availability of Marcus Peters uncertain, Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman are preparing for an expected challenge from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.The three cornerbacks looked to be up to the task based on how they performed in the Rams' 35-23 win over the Chargers on Sunday after Peters and Talib were hurt. It wasn't a surprise considering the experience of Shields, Hill and Robey-Coleman.Robey-Coleman has played 65 percent of the defensive snaps this season as the Rams' slot corner. Hill started the final three games of the regular season and the Rams' playoff loss last season. Shields made more than 60 starts during his seven seasons in Green Bay."We can call the same calls with those guys. In fact, we did in the (last) ballgame," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "I feel confident in those guys."The trio will be called upon for an extended period of time as Talib will have surgery on his injured ankle Thursday. The Rams will get a better sense of the timetable for when the five-time Pro Bowl defensive back might be able to return after the procedure, Rams coach Sean McVay said.Peters is day to day, and McVay expects it will be a game-day decision to determine his status."It's a great representation of his toughness to even still have it be a chance that he's going to play when you look at what occurred and you talk about what that position requires and entails in terms of the movements. He's taking steps in the right direction," McVay said.But Shields spoke as if he already knew he would be making his first start since Week 14 in 2015."Me, Troy Hill, you know, Robey White Mike Hughes Jersey , all us, we got to take care of the back end because two explosive guys out," Shields said.Shields missed all of 2017 because of concussions, but has been effective in spot duty for the Rams, including making an interception against Arizona. Still, the 30-year-old feels as if he has something to prove and is relishing the opportunity to show it against his former NFC North rivals."For me, it's just kind of (a chance) to show the people that I still got it. I can still do it," Shields said.Shields wasn't the only one expressing the notion the backups would be on a mission. Starting safety Lamarcus Joyner does not expect a secondary that has allowed 199 yards per game and two touchdown passes to miss a beat just because the two high-profile offseason acquisitions in Talib and Peters might be absent."I don't know if you all heard, but we know we got two corners behind those guys that can start anywhere else in this league, including for this team," Joyner said. "When you lose elite cornerbacks like that you still feel confident because you got another pair of great corners coming in."Joyner believes the biggest challenge is getting familiar with how Hill and Shields express themselves on the field together in such a short amount of time. The Rams held two walkthroughs Tuesday, with Phillips likening the early session to a typical Wednesday practice and the afternoon stretch to the Thursday of a normal game week.Even with truncated preparations, the Rams defense is confident Shields, Hill and Robey-Coleman will be ready."But if they test them White Laquon Treadwell Jersey , they are going to get intercepted just like Talib and Peters can do," defensive lineman Aaron Donald said. "If one guy goes down, the other guys step up. They got big shoes to fill, but they'll do it."NOTES: OLB Dominique Easley (knee) would not have participated if the Rams had held a full practice Tuesday and is questionable. McVay said it was hard to gauge whether Easley would play because of the limited physical work leading up to Thursday night. To start the second quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints were tied at 7-7, and the Vikings opened the quarter with a short pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs for a nice 19-yard gain into Saints’ territory at the 45. The Vikings then ran the ol’ flea flicker, with Cousins finding Adam Thielen for a 28-yard gain, and the Vikings were in the red zone at the New Orleans 17. The Vikings then found themselves facing 3rd-and-7 from the 14, and the Saints were flagged for defensive holding to give the purple a free first down and a first-and-goal. The Vikings wasted no time, as Latavius Murray went over the top of the pile for a touchdown! Dan Bailey. . .sigh. . .pushed the extra point to the left, and the lead remained 13-7.Bailey lofted a short kickoff to Taysom Hill, who took the ball to the Saints’ 33-yard line to start the drive. A couple of passes to Michael Thomas picked up a first down for the Saints, and they were suddenly near midfield. Mark Ingram carried the ball to the 50, and a pass to Alvin Kamara was stopped by Eric Kendricks to bring up a third down and short. Everson Griffen then jumped offsides to give the Saints a first down to the Minnesota 41. The Saints then found themselves with a 3rd-and-3 at the 34-yard line http://www.authenticsminnesotavikings.com/cheap-xavier-rhodes-jersey , and Kamara dropped a pass to bring up fourth down. The Saints brought in Will Lutz for a 52-yard attempt, and he drilled it to make the score 13-10 with 7:27 remaining in the half.The kickoff from Lutz went for a touchback, giving the Vikings the ball at the 25 for the first time on the evening. He found. . .who else. . .Adam Thielen right away for 15 yards to the 40-yard line. That was followed by a huge run by Latavius Murray. . .that was wiped out by a hold on Pat Elflein. Cousins was then sacked by Sheldon Rankins, making it 2nd-and-25. The Vikings couldn’t get enough to move the chains, so Matt Wile came on for his first punt of the evening. Matt Wile booted it away, and Kamara returned it to the New Orleans 33.A couple of runs by Kamara quickly put the Saints into Minnesota territory at the 45. However, the Saints’ drive was stopped by Harrison Smith, who intercepted a pass intended for Thomas at the Minnesota 33-yard line!After a couple of runs by Mike Boone, the Vikings had a 3rd-and-6 from their own 37 at the two-minute warning. Cousins then hit Kyle Rudolph, who stretched for the necessary yardage and a new set of downs. Cousins then threw incomplete for Murray, and a long pass for Laquon Treadwell fell incomplete as well to bring up another third down. Cousins then calmly found Aldrick Robinson for a big 19-yard gain into New Orleans territory at the 37.Eli Apple was then flagged for pass interference against Treadwell to give the Vikings another first down to the Saints’ 30, and a short pass to Murray went into the red zone at the 18. Cousins then hit Thielen with a short pass, and after gaining a few yards, Thielen fumbled for the first time this season. The ball was picked up by Marshon Lattimore and taken deep into Minnesota territory http://www.authenticsminnesotavikings.com/cheap-matt-wile-jersey , and Treadwell was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct to move the ball all the way to the Minnesota 18 with under a minute remaining.Brees went to work immediately, finding Kamara on a short pass that he took all the way to the 1-yard line, and then Kamara went over the top for a score. The two-play drive and the extra point by Will Lutz gave the Saints a 17-13 lead with thirty seconds left in the half. The Vikings got the ball back, but ran one play and let the clock run out before heading to the locker room.Cousins has played an outstanding game thus far, for the most part. He has completed 15-of-19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in the first half of play. Thielen is almost to his eighth straight 100-yard game already, as he leads the team with 75 yards on five catches. Stefon Diggs has 54 yards and a touchdown on four receptions, and Aldrick Robinson has a 19-yard catch. Roc Thomas has a 15-yard reception, and Kyle Rudolph has 14 yards on three grabs. Latavius Murray has a 12-yard reception as well.Speaking of Murray, he’s done decently on the ground thus far against the NFL’s #1 run defense. He has 29 yards and a touchdown on five carries thus far. Thielen has a 15-yard run, and Mike Boon has three carries for 11 yards as well.That’s where we stand at halftime, ladies and gentlemen, with a big momentum swing putting the Vikings down by a score of 17-13 at halftime. The purple will get the football first coming out of the locker room, so hopefully they can recapture the momentum they had early on.
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