With week 17 coming to a conclusion Womens Troy Hill Jersey , the Los Angeles Rams finish the r divisional rival San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. With the win, the Rams locked up the second seed in the NFC ensuring a playoff bye week prior to playing the remaining highest-seeded team.Let’s revisit the matchups to watch:DT Aaron Donald vs QB Nick MullensLast week’s matchup to watch:Aaron Donald was his usual dominant self on Sunday, even though the stat sheet only shows four tackles, one sack, and one tackle-for-loss. Donald nearly had another two or three sacks on the day, though Nick Mullens was quick to pull the trigger and throw errant passes, one of which went for an interception. Donald was a load to handle, and proved that his dominance continues to go further than a stat sheet could ever record.RB C.J. Anderson vs 49ers’ front-7Last week’s matchup to watch:C.J. Anderson notched himself another start, proving worthy of remaining on the roster moving forward. Anderson received 23 carries, rushing for 132 yards and one touchdown. A lot of his yards are gained prior to contact, but it’s evident how much power Anderson runs with as he routinely grinds out extra yards after contact. Anderson’s fantastic performances allowed Todd Gurley to nurse his knee back to health (hopefully).Rams’ CB’s vs WR Kendrick BourneLast week’s matchup to watch:Kendrick Bourne did prove to be the 49ers’ most dangerous wide receiver with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. They were some of the quietest stats accumulated, because the Rams were in firm control of the game from start-to-end.SS John Johnson III vs TE George KittleLast week’s matchup to watch:John Johnson III didn’t actually get to cover George Kittle a ton, but was successful when he did. Just like they did a few weeks prior against TE Zach Ertz, the Rams ran bracket coverage on Kittle in the redzone Robert Woods Jersey , effectively keeping him out of paydirt until garbage time. Kittle finished the game with nine receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, though the long catch-and-run TD came in garbage time. Regardless, Kittle set a record for the most receiving yards by a tight end in a season with 1,377 yards.LG Rodger Saffold vs DT DeForest BucknerLast week’s matchup to watch:Outside of one batted pass at the line-of-scrimmage, Buckner was relatively invisible. The offensive line did a solid job keeping QB Jared Goff upright and opening holes for the running game (mainly C.J. Anderson). Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay was a precocious offensive coordinator when they got together in Washington.After they collaborated on two tremendously productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFL's youngest head coach in Los Angeles, and Cousins got an $84 million contract in Minnesota."I'm very grateful for having crossed paths with him," Cousins said. "And I'm always rooting for him. But certainly, though, we want to get the 'W' this week."Indeed, they're getting back together Thursday night in a compelling early season NFC showdown between McVay's Rams (3-0) and Cousins' Vikings (1-1-1).And both say they wouldn't be there under the Coliseum lights without the other."I feel fortunate to have worked with Kirk," McVay said."Sometimes you hear people talk about not having the strongest arm or whatever, (but) I'm not sure what film they're watching," McVay added."He can make every single throw. I think he has the ability to speed it up with excellent twitch. He can change the launch point. So you're not limited in any way that you can utilize him. And I couldn't be happier for Kirk http://www.theramslockerroom.com/authentic-andrew-whitworth-jersey , and I'll be rooting for him the rest of the year after Thursday night."Their meeting will be an interesting barometer for both teams' early season fortunes.The Rams have been largely outstanding during their unbeaten start to a season that has picked up right where McVay's first team left off.But coach Mike Zimmer's Vikings defense gave perhaps the most impressive performance of last season against the high-octane Rams, who managed only one early touchdown from Todd Gurley in a 24-7 loss at Minnesota."We didn't run the ball as well as we had in other games against this defense," said Aaron Kromer, the Rams' running game coordinator. "They're a stout defense. They're built to stop the run. That's their No. 1 goal. ... We have to do a much better job. I think we're a lot smarter football team than we were in the past, so I hope that shows on Thursday night."More things to watch:WEEKNIGHT PARTYThe Rams realize Thursday afternoon isn't an ideal time to brave LA traffic for a football game at a stadium undergoing renovation that has severely curtailed its parking and tailgating.So they're trying to make this important NFC game into a civic duty: McVay sent out a funny "memo" through newspapers and social media to all employers in Los Angeles, urging them to allow their employees to leave work early so they can head downtown for the 5:20 p.m. local start time — which he says is the "typical bedtime" of his 71-year-old defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips. They also got Vanessa Hudgens to sing the national anthem, while Compton rapper YG will perform in the second quarter.EARLY DEPARTUREThe Vikings flew to Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, hoping to better acclimate to the two-time-zone change. The Vikings are 1-5 in Thursday night road games, winning only at Dallas in 1978. Traveling cross-country to play one of the NFL's best teams with three days of rest is a daunting task."Yeah, it's a problem," coach Mike Zimmer said. "We haven't had a home game on a short week since I've been here in five years. But you play the schedule how it is."NOT A FANThe Rams are also unenthused about their short-week schedule, although they're grateful they got to stay home for it. McVay joked that he's running on "maybe two" hours of sleep per night. Last weekend, Gurley summed up many players' feelings about Thursday football: "It's the dumbest thing ever."GOING WITHOUT GRIFFENThe Vikings will play without defensive end Everson Griffen Womens John Johnson Jersey , a captain and three-time Pro Bowl pick. The former USC star won't make his Coliseum return while he is sidelined indefinitely for treatment of mental illness following a pattern of erratic and threatening behavior. With players, coaches and staff concerned about Griffen's well-being, the show must go on. Stephen Weatherly had his first career sack against the Bills while starting in place of Griffen.INJURED CORNERSThe Rams have bigger problems than a late start time: Their star-studded defense is suddenly short-handed after former Pro Bowl cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters both incurred injuries in last week's win over the Chargers.Talib needs ankle surgery and will be out for at least eight weeks. Peters' calf injury isn't so serious, but still might keep him out. The Rams are likely to go against Cousins with backup cornerbacks including Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman."I feel like we're going to be great," Robey-Coleman said. "I can't take away from the hard work that every guy on this depth chart put in to get an opportunity to get on the field."SLOW STARTAfter ranking seventh in the NFL last season in yards rushing, the Vikings are next-to-last with just 66 yards per game, although they've been throwing excessively with two late deficits in their first three games. There still hasn't been much room for Dalvin Cook or Latavius Murray to run, and going against the Rams' stout defensive line won't help. Pat Elflein will return to the starting lineup at center, his rehab from offseason surgeries finally complete."We're not in panic mode. We're not in that," said Cook, who is expected to play after sitting out last week's loss to Buffalo. "We're going to get this thing going. It's just a matter of time."AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.