The St. Louis Rams are 1-1, following last week's surprising lost to Washington. No one expected the Rams to finish the season undefeated so, the lost as unexpected as it may be, does not mean that all hopes are lost for the Rams.
This week will be a difficult test for the team, as they will play against one of the most electrifying passing offense in the NFL. If the Rams are going to combat this high flying attack it will be up to these players to make aa positive impact.
Why is Jenkins on this list? Easy, he is the biggest variable on the Rams defense each week.
How can Jenkins make an impact? Jenkins is a gambling Ram, it's something that has been accepted and since he has not been treated for it, it is something that the Rams support. The Steelers have seen tape on Jenkins's and more than likely will attempt to pick on him. It has looked as though it is impossible to stop Ben Roethlisberger and his passing game to Antonio Brown and the others. If the Rams are going to win, Big Ben will need to be slowed down.
Prediction: Jenkins grabs a pick, but allows three deep passes.
The other side of the coin
The other side of the coin
Why is Mason on this list? He will have to be the guy this week, this time he will be expected to do more than get a couple of yards.
How can Mason make an impact? He can start by looking solid while running the ball successfully. Eventually Mason will become running back 1b. But this week he is still the alpha back, he is going to have to show the speed and running ability that he showed last season. This week it would be nice if Mason caught a couple of passes out of the backfield to help Foles out if he is in trouble.
Prediction: Mason will get 20 carries and 3 catches, and will also have 100 total yards wih a TD.
Why is the offensive line on the list? Coming off the disaster last week, they should be listed twice.
How can the offensive line make an impact? This season will live or die with the offensive line. Last week, the line was horrible, even Rodger Saffold who is the best lineman on the team looked rough. The Steelers do not have the best pass rushing defense, but their creative blitzing schemes could be a headache for an offensive line that has not had enough time to gel or for young players who do not have the experience to combat those blitzes. The Steelers rush defense looked solid against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams will have to find a way to create holes and get to the second level to win.
Prediction: Expect the worst, but hope for the best. The game will be easier for these linemen if they can establish the run.
Why is Alec Ogletree on the list? The Rams will be playing against one of the most dynamicrunning backs in the league and Ogletree speed will be the Rams biggest asset.
How can he be an asset? Look by now, everyone knows Ogletree does not get off blocks well, and it's doubtful that anyone expects him to start doing so this week. However he does have the speed and athletic ability to help keep Le'veon Bell under control. Not expecting him to play great, but after Bell gets by the defensive line someone had to catch him.
Prediction: Ogletree finishes with 12 tackles and a fumble, but the running backs will have more than 100yards.
Why is Jared Cook on this list? He has been the most reliable weapon the Rams have had so far. Yes Cook has had his share of drops and is a horrible run blocker, but the Rams will need him to win this game.
How can Cook make an impact? The Steelers secondary has been their biggest weakness all season, and Cook is the Rams leading receiver. He should be able to eat this week and caeve up the Steelers in the middle.
Prediction? Cook will finish the game with 5 catches and a touchdown.