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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

By Mike Sando

Just a reminder: We'll be chatting all things NFC West beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Here's the link.

Rams fans appear to be ready for this one.

The first question in the queue asks whether I think the Rams will remain in St. Louis. The odds favor the Rams staying, but there is no way to know til their lease situation is resolved.

Another early question asks whether the Rams' recent defensive struggles indicate the team isn't as good as expected on that side of the ball.

Defensive end Chris Long has had a couple off games against the best offenses St. Louis will face all season. I don't know if there are any hidden reasons for this. Is he hurt? Did he just play poorly? You'll sometimes hear coaches say they need their best players to play their best. The Rams have been without a couple of their best players, including Danny Amendola, and they haven't gotten top-tier play from Long or James Laurinaitis consistently enough.

The defense forced lots of turnovers early in the season. Opponents have apparently adjusted. They're not throwing interceptions against this defense. We have instead seen opponents take advantage of the Rams' aggressiveness on defense. The bye week gives the team an opportunity to adjust.