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CSU Rams vs. Nevada football: 4 things to know, key matchups and predictions

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Nevada (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West) at Colorado State (3-8, 2-5); 7 p.m. Saturday, at Canvas Stadium

TV/Radio: CBS-SN/1430 AM, 98.1 FM

Line: Nevada -4, 57 over/under

Weather: 43 degrees, partly cloudy

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If CSU takes care of the ball … then the Rams have a shot to keep up with an explosive Nevada passing game. But turnovers have doomed CSU as of late and forced a run-first offense out of its comfort zone. During its current five-game losing streak, CSU has given the ball away 1.8 times per tilt and allowed an average of seven points per game to opponents off its own turnovers. Nevada comes into the weekend ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West in turnovers forced (21) behind Hawaii (27) and Boise State (23).

Halftime Harbinger? The Wolf Pack have scored first in seven of its 11 contests so far this season and in six of seven Mountain West Conference tilts. CSU is 0-5 this season when its opponent opens the scoring, and 0-6 all-time in those situations under coach Steve Addazio.

Dollar Difference. Nevada coach Jay Norvell is reportedly the lowest-paid football coach (Air Force notwithstanding) in the Mountain West with a salary of $625,000 in 2021. With a 7-4 mark coming in, he’s cost the Pack just $89,285 per victory this season. Addazio, who reportedly makes $1.55 million, cost CSU $516,666 per win so far this fall.

Camper’s Climb. With his next field goal, Rams kicker Cayden Camper will set the new single-season CSU record for makes in a season (25). His 24 field goals are the most for a Rams kicker since Jeff Babcock (24) in 2002.

Key Matchups

CSU’s secondary vs. Nevada QB Carson Strong. Having already set the Pack’s single-game record for completions in a tilt (49) against Fresno State earlier this season, the NFL-bound Nevada signal-caller is three scores away (32 TDs) from setting the program’s single-season record for passing touchdowns, too.

CSU punter Ryan Stonehouse vs. Nevada’s return unit. Stonehouse’s rocket leg has been a blast to watch. The Pack, meanwhile, rank No. 15 nationally and No. 2 in the Mountain West in FootballOutsiders.com’s Punt Return Efficiency while averaging 18.3 team punt return yards per game.

Predictions

Sean Keeler, sports columnist: Nevada 37, CSU 35

The Pack have never won in Fort Collins, but all good things in Rams circles seem to be coming to an end lately. The way Carson Strong can sling it, this one could have a Utah State feel to it. Heaven help The Daz if it has a Utah State ending, too.

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.

The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager and 11 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.

Leslie Frazier interviewed for the head coaching position Friday, the team announced.

Leslie Frazier

Age: 62

Title: Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator

Experience

Frazier has been coaching in the NFL since 1999, including a stint as the Minnesota Vikings head coach which began on an interim basis for the final six games of the 2010 season. Frazier was then hired full-time and coached the Vikings for the next three seasons, posting a 21-32-1 record during that span. In the eight years since, he has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. He has been the Bills defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Sean McDermott since 2017.

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Under Frazier’s watch, the Bills defense led the NFL in total yardage allowed during the regular season (272.8 per game). The Bills also tied for third with 30 takeaways, finishing in the top 10 of that category for the fifth consecutive season.

Chicago connection

Frazier entered the NFL with the Bears as an undrafted defensive back out of Alcorn State in 1981 and was an invaluable piece in the vaunted defense that coordinator Buddy Ryan built. During the Bears’ iconic 1985 season, Frazier recorded a team-high six interceptions and finished in the top 10 in the league in that category as the Bears recorded 61 takeaways and held opponents to 12.4 points per game. Frazier tore his ACL during a trick punt return in Super Bowl XX and never played again.

What’s been said: “Leslie is special. With his connection to the Bears and knowing that city, the organization and the mentality there, I don’t know how you couldn’t give him serious consideration. … Les knows how to galvanize people. He brings players together. And he has always had a good vision for how to get the most out of people.” — Hall of Fame coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy

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US military medical team to help with COVID staffing at a St. Louis County hospital

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‘Winter Surge’ pushes St. Louis area pediatric numbers to highest levels in three months

CLAYTON, Mo. – A team of US military personnel will be deployed to the St. Louis region to help hospital staff deal with the record numbers of COVID patients. They are expected to be at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County next week.

The U.S. Navy team is coming to the region after a request from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. On Thursday, Dr. Alex Garza, Task Force Leader, told FOX2 that it’s the first time hospitals here have needed to make the request, as hospitals not only see the most patients they’ve seen during the pandemic, but are losing staff to sick days brought on by their own COVID cases or those close to them.

Christian Hospital was selected by the Pandemic Task Force to receive federal assistance. A team of 44 health care professionals, including doctors and registered nurses, will begin arriving on January 26.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force submitted requests to support 11 facilities in the region. The United States Department of Health and Human Services indicated that could only deploy resources to only one local hospital. The hope is that by adding resources to North County other facilities will benefit as well. 

“This is a reflection of where we are in the pandemic. We’re seeing more patients now than we have ever seen before in the pandemic. Unfortunately, we have our workforce is either getting ill or having that second order effect from the virus… having to take care of family members, schools closing down, things like that. We’re typically very self-sufficient in health care, we don’t like to ask for help but I think we’re at that point where we need to ask for help,” Garza said Thursday.

A 17-member Health Care Task Force team is currently helping to support staff at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. They have been in place since January 7 and were granted an extension to continue providing care through February 4.

“This team will help support our dedicated local medical professionals who work hard each day to care for Missourians. The best way Missourians can help aid our hospitals and health care workers is by considering vaccination to protect themselves and their families,” states Governor Parson.

“As we made clear in our letter to Governor Parson more than two weeks ago, St. Louis needed him to step up and request federal assistance to help our region respond to the Omicron variant,” writes US Rep. Cori Bush.

The move comes roughly three weeks after Missouri Governor Mike Parson ended the state of emergency which had been in place since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Fake COVID inspector tries to test QuikTrip workers to pay rent

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Fake COVID inspector tries to test QuikTrip workers to pay rent

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A man was charged with false impersonation and identity theft Thursday after conducting COVID tests on employees at a Quik Trip.

A court document says Eddie Jameson, 27, posed as an inspector from the St. Louis County Department of Health and went to the Quik Trip located at 10739 Page Avenue. He said he was there to conduct COVID tests on store employees “so that county government could analyze the data to determine if certain restrictions should be eliminated or loosened.” He then had five employees fill out a form with their names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. After the form was filled out, “he administered a nasal swab to the employees.”

He then left the store and drove away in a red Pontiac Solstice convertible. “St. Louis County Health Department employees confirmed that no county employees were conducting tests of the type “performed” by [Jameson],” the court document said. Jameson then went to a market located at 11683 West Florissant and attempted to do the same thing. The employees there refused.

The court document said Jameson returned to the Quik Trip two days later. He told the employees their results would be ready the following day. Police then arrived at the store and arrested him.

Once arrested, Jameson told police that “he had not identified himself as a County health inspector but otherwise admitted administering the tests.” The court document said Jameson “had been working for an organization called Community Wellness America which provides testing for employees. [Jameson] provided the name of a supervisor who confirmed that [Jameson] was working for him but he was not to be administering tests, rather he was to provide the tests so that employees could administer the tests themselves.” Jameson admitted he was not trained on administering a nasal swab. He said he “had never performed one prior to swabbing the employees at the Quik Trip.” According to the court document, James said “he was supposed to receive $20 for every test that was submitted, and explained that he needed money to pay his apartment lease and was trying to obtain the tests in order to get money.”

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