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The Rams are starting to become an interesting team to watch, and it is due to the young players stepping up and getting results. Who will step up this week?

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The Rams are riding high after upsetting the Seattle Seahawks 28-26. Austin Davis & Co. will look to keep it pushing right through the Kansas City Chiefs.

For the first time in what seems like a long time, the Rams' high draft picks are paying dividends. Key young and rookie players are making plays, and it is leading to more consistent results.

These young bucks must continue their progress this week against the Chiefs to win the Governor's Cup.

Players to Watch

Austin Davis

Davis threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks. He completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts, good for a 85% completion rate. While Davis didn't pass for 300+ yards like previous weeks, he did not need to. He stepped up to the plate when he needed to, and he minimized his mistakes and managed the game when the team was up.

Davis played the rookie Russell Wilson role. He managed the game, handed the ball off, and did not turn the ball over. That was supposed to be the game plan from the beginning. The Rams somehow got caught up in a pass happy offense, but that is not the Rams modus operandi.

With Davis playing more of a game manager role and taking shots down the field when necessary, the Rams will be more of a threat.

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald is currently the Rams' best defensive lineman. He certainly is performing like the Rams' best D-Lineman. AD has two sacks on the season. He leads the team with eight tackle for a loss. Aaron is also graded as the best defensive tackle in the league (16.5), per Pro Football Focus. The scary part is – be afraid – Donald has only been a starter these past two weeks. Imagine if he played starter snaps from the get go.

Donald will continue to improve as the season progresses. The defensive line will perform better as well. When all the pieces come together, it will be a beautiful sight to watch.

Tre Mason

Speaking of young guns blazing, Tre Mason has done nothing but impress these last two weeks. While he only carried the ball five times versus the 49ers, Mason started against Seattle last week and rushed the ball 18 times for 85 yards and a 4.7 yards per carry average. That stat line is a huge upgrade from the other two backs (Zac Stacy has a 3.9 ypc, Benny Cunningham has a 3.8).

While it is not a dig against the other two backs, it definitely highlights one of  Masons strengths – his speed. The Rams' offensive line struggled to hold open running lanes for Stacy and Cunningham. The two had to take the little of what they got. Both are not fast enough to burst quickly through collapsing holes; and here is where Mason excels.

Alec Ogletree

The Rams' leading tackler so far this season is Alec Ogletree with 39 tackles. He also leads the team with two forced fumbles. Alec is the type of athletic linebacker the Rams need; and they need him to excel. This cannot be more true this week, especially going up against the dynamic Jamaal Charles.

Alec will need to get off blocks – which he has struggled with – and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Ogletree is second amongst the linebackers in tackles for a loss with four (Jo-Lonn Dunbar leads all linebackers with five). For comparison, Lavonte David, one of the best outside linebackers, has 11 tackles for a loss.

The Rams will need Ogletree and the entire linebackers corps to show up and put a halt to Charles.

Greg Robinson

Why did it take this dude so long to enter the starting lineup?

Robinson showed his dominance last week against Seattle. He completely bullied the Seahawk's interior defensive line. Greg made Brandon Mebane his bitch on multiple plays.

His dominance on the inside is another factor for the re-surging running game. With a big, strong, mauling behemoth like Greg, the running game will only improve as long as he is in there laying down bodies.

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It is imperative that these rookies and young players perform at a high level this Sunday. Of course, The passing game will need the help from receivers Brian Quick and Kenny Britt. Or maybe, the special teams pulls off some tricks again.

What do y'all think?