The St. Louis Rams will be attempting to defy the odds this Sunday by beating the playoff bound Seattle Seahawks at home. If the Rams are going to win this week they wiill need these five Rams to play well.
RB Todd Gurley
The Rams offensive plan this season has been to run the ball with Gurley early and often and hope that he breaks a couple of big runs. The Rams run first approach worked for six games out of the season and if the Rams are going to beat the Seahawks the team will need Gurley to put the team on his back again. No one is expecting a gamebreaking performance from Gurley, but the rookie pro-bowl player has a chance this week to show why he could become a rookie of the year.
QB Case Keenum
On Thursday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keenum played one of the best games in recent history for the Rams, throwing for 234 yards, two touchdowns and QB rating of 158. Obviously the Rams do not expect Keenum to play so well against the Seahawks, but if he play well for the next two weeks of the season, he can make a case to stick around on the roster next season.
This week, Keenum just needs to prevent making mastakes and just be a solid quarterback for the Rams. This will be a big game for Keenum.
WR Tavon Austin
This season Austin has fulfilled a surprising role for the Rams by being a touchdown scoring playmaker dsoring 10 touchdowns. Austin does not have the yardage of a number one receiver, since he does not have 500 receiving yards thus far, also he is currently 10 yards under 400 rushing yards.
The Rams will need Austin to make plays in the open field like usually or he will have a tough day against the likes of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
CB Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner has been a solid performer for the Rams in their nickel cornerback position. This week the young corner is currently questionable however if he plays he will have the tough matchup of Doug Baldwin who has been torching the league through the last month or so of games. If Joyner plays this week, it will be interesting watching Joyner and see how much he has progressed as a player.
DT Aaron Donald
What can be said about Donald that has not been said before? Donald is one of the best defensive tackles in the league, currently he is sitting strong with 11 sacks on the season. If the Rams are going to contain Russell Wilson and the Seahawks newfound passing game, the Rams will need Donald to continuously get into Wilson's face.