Coming up this week on RamsHerd

I’m traveling to Atlanta on business Monday and Tuesday, but will try to keep you rolling in fresh content as I can. Here’s what’s on tap:

The Rams will begin making roster cutdowns, from 80 to 75.
Via his Twitter account, Howard Balzer weighed in with his predicted first five: “Brooks Foster (IR), Mark Rubin, Daniel Sanders, Marcus Brown, Ian Campbell. Debated between Brown and Eric Young.” Of his five and our predicted five, we had only Marcus Brown in common. Though putting Foster (and his scheduled ankle surgery) on the IR makes too much sense at this point not to do, and also gives Jarrett Byers a one-week reprieve.

A look at the “bubble battles”
The Rams must cut an additional 22 players from their roster by week’s end. Naturally, these bubble players will be seeing a lot of time in this Thursday’s game against the Chiefs, as the first teamers had just completed their most significant walkthrough. Key among these battles — will Keith Null firmly take hold of the #3 QB job? After a strong early start to camp and a thrilling TD in his first preseason action, Null has essentially moved sideways, keeping pace with Berlin rather than dramatically outshining him.

A report from Thursday’s game — I hope to attend in person, and will be live-tweeting as usual.

A look at possible help coming to the Rams after cutdowns
Where do the Rams need the most help? And which bubble battles around the league might yield interesting fruit for the Rams’ practice squad or depth chart? For that matter, which as-yet-unsigned free agents might be most helpful as well?

A look at the Rams’ December games, completing our preseason predictions.
Jim Thomas just posted his cliff notes of a predicted 6-10 record, and we see eye to eye on many of the games’ matchups — though not necessarily their outcomes. In case you missed it, check out our November predictions.

Good week ahead, and the actual season is almost upon us. Am I the only one hearing all these Seahawks injury reports and thinking we might have a bit more of a fighting chance in Week 1?