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RAMS' YEAR IN COASTAL
September 18, 1967
The shuffling over, revived Los Angeles is eying a bright new era. But it has two problems it won't solve easily: San Francisco and Baltimore
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September 18, 1967

Rams' Year In Coastal

The shuffling over, revived Los Angeles is eying a bright new era. But it has two problems it won't solve easily: San Francisco and Baltimore

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First should go to the team with the division's strongest defense plus improved running and passing. That, of course, is Los Angeles. Much depends upon the health of Mason and the development of Ellison, the running backs who must come through to relieve the pressure on Bass. If Mason can perform up to his good seasons, the added running strength will open up the passing routes for Gabriel and the fine array of Ram receivers. In Bruce Gossett, the Rams have the most accurate place-kicker in the division, a big factor in a race as close as this one is likely to be.

But a few reservations must be made: The San Francisco 49ers, with the best-balanced attack in the division and an improved and deeper defense, are capable of upsetting the Rams. The Colts themselves could get lucky and return to their winning ways. They have all that it takes except a proven quarterback to replace John Unitas should he falter. Until Jim Ward proves his worth, Baltimore is living precariously.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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