The Dolphins are coming off a tough win over the Cincinnati Bengals, so they are riding high also – high as in good spirits, not as in under illegal herbal substances. While Miami's offense resembles something like our own – it sucks – they do boast a gritty defense and a above par running attack.
For the Rams to keep the ball rolling, a few players are going to have to elevate their performance, especially with the absence of Danny Amendola.
Some of those players that have to step their games up are:
Smith has been a non-factor so far this season. Aside from a few catches (5) in the first three games, he really hasn't done anything that resembles his former Pro-Bowl capability.
Back in New York, ol' Stevie played the slot, and he did a pretty damn good job at it. With Amendola down, the Rams could use Smith's ability – assuming he still can ball at that level.
Givens has been getting plenty of playing time in the last two games. The speedster has nabbed 50-plus yarders in each of the past two games. It is time for the rookie to be more consistent, ya know, with Danny A. being out and all. Oh, and the offense can use him to spread things out versust a Miami defense that is stingy against the run.
In five games, this offense has not scored a single rushing touchdown. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Nada. This goose egg needs to change pronto if the Rams plan to win more. That task falls upon the shoulders of good ol' Steven Jackson.
Jackson also has been unable to top the 80-yard rushing mark in a game so far. If SJ tops that mark and scores his first TD, it would be a great benefit, especially against the Dolphins' tough run defense.
The Rams' D has performed pretty good. According to the NFL website, Courtland Finnegan & Co. rank at a reasonable 14th in yards per game, 12th in passing yards per game, and 18th in rushing yards per game.
While the front office has made efforts to rebuff that run D, backs are still rushing over the Rams. The additions of Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers were supposed to make life easier for Laurinaitis, but James' play has been hurting recently. Rushers have plowed through him – Michael Bush – and he's made bad angles/over pursued on certain plays, last week serves as the most recent example.
Animal Jr. is a leader on defense and has received plenty of praise from the coaching staff. All that there's left is for his game to step up.
Alright lets be honest, Sammy needs to get his shit together. He sucks. He stinks. He blows. Just kidding.
In all seriousness now, this team would be leaps and bounds better if Bradford made more plays. Now, I know Sam's play depends on various factors: the lines play, receivers catching, the rushing game, etc.
What I'd like to see Bradford do more is roll out when the pocket collapses, and not simply fold and take a sack. If Sam makes more of these moves, it'd be good, in my opinion.