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St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Five Rams Players to Watch

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Lets just be real. no one saw the Rams pulling a victory away from the Detroit Lions. The same Rams that gave away the win against the Baltimore Ravens three weeks ago. The same Rams team will look to get another dub in  Week 15's Thursday Night Football game.

So, enough of the bla bla bla. Here are the five Rams players to watch:

Players to Watch

WR Tavon Austin

Austin is one of the Ram's "light switch" players on offense. He can go through rough patches where he has no impact on offense. A few weeks later, he has four rushes for 40 yards and the team ends up winning.

It does not matter how Tavon gets the ball in his hands. The only thing that matters is involving him in the game.

DT Aaron Donald

Doug Martin is one of the top running backs this season. He has over 1,200 rushing yards on the season and he is still going strong. Luckily for the Rams, Aaron Donald is just the man to douse the lil' "Muscle Hamster."

Aaron Donald has 19 tackles for a loss this season. That is good enough for third in the league, behind fellow studs J.J. Watt and Khalil Mack (sidenote: WS Mark Barron has 13). Donald also leads the team with 11 sacks. For a defensive tackle, that's beasty, bro.

With DE Robert Quinn battling injuries, Donald is the Rams only source of consistent pass rush.

RB Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley went off for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. The last time Gurley had more than 100 yards was the Rams victory versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Since that game, Todd has been stifled by opposing defenses. In fact, he totaled only nine carries in each of the games before last week. But, abandoning Gurley is not the main problem.  Against the Ravens Todd had 25 carries, yet only 66 rushing yards to his name.

The offensive line has to give Gurley some creases to slip into. That is exactly what happened versus the Lions, Gurley had plenty of negative/no gain rushes then he got loose. So while Todd needs to be fed the ball, the line has to make sure he does not get messy.

CB Trumaine Johnson

The Rams asked Tru to shadow Detroit's Calvin Johnson last week. He covered the Bear's WR Alshon Jeffery earlier in the season as well. In Tampa, you can bet Tru will be on WR Mike Evans too. At 6'5 and 231 pounds, Evans is another big receiver. Trumaine will need to use every bit of his  six-foot-two frame to cover Evans.

Johnson is enjoying one of his finest seasons in his fourth year in the league. He leads the Rams with five interceptions and is second behind fellow CB Janoris Jenkins with 13 passes defended.

QB Case Keenum

Keenum connected on 14 of 22 passes for 124 yards and an interception last Sunday. This stat-line is not picture perfect, but sadly, it will probably the barometer of Rams quarterback performances. With that said, do not expect anything better than this type of performance. As long as Case does not have four or three interception game like Nick Foles has had, consider it a Gold Star day for Keenum.


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