Donald picked up 10 tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss in a 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. After a little bit of a midseason lull, Donald is back to his stellar self, with 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks his last two weeks. He continues to be a beast in the middle of the Rams' line and is already one of the top defensive tackles in the league.
Donald notched seven tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's loss to the Bears. Although the Rams defense struggled at home, which is very rare, Donald was making plays all over the field in an impressive performance. He now owns six sacks on the season to go along with 35 tackles, and he continues to be one of the better pass-rushing tackles in all of football. The second-year pro is only going to get better and he should continue to provide solid production moving forward.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz. Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries. Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows. AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
The Rams defense came up big Sunday, sacking 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick eight times in the team's 13-10 road win over San Francisco in Week 9. While the offense was largely stagnant for 60 minutes, the Rams defense dominated the 49ers' offensive line to keep the team in the game and eventually pull off the win. Defensive end Robert Quinn led the charge with two sacks and a forced fumble, while linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive linemen Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Eugene Sims and William Hayes each picked up a sack as well. It was a stark departure from the same unit that failed to find much quarterback pressure over the first few weeks of the season. The Rams defense will hope to keep playing at an elite level in Week 10 against the Cardinals.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (shoulder), linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe) and safety Rodney McLeod (knee) are active for Sunday's Week 9 matchup with the 49ers. All three players were listed as questionable to play but will be available for the divisional matchup. The team also had nine players listed as probable, and eight are active for the game. That list includes wide receiver Kenny Britt (hip), guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder), centers Scott Wells (elbow) and Tim Barnes (shoulder), defensive end William Hayes (foot), safety Lamarcus Joyner (hip) and cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (knee) and Marcus Roberson (ankle).