The Rams are back home in Los Angeles for Week 5 to host the Buffalo Bills.
Obviously, the Bills have zero interest in traveling from coast to coast just to lose. However, the Rams are on a streak right now and will be looking to keep the streak going.
Something has to give.
I’ve got the difference maker prediction right here for you, and it falls in line with the streaking theme...
- Rams QB Case Keenum will continue his streak of two touchdown passes for the third consecutive game. As it stands now, teams have yet to view the Rams’ pass attack as a big enough threat to stop loading the box, leaving Keenum with some relatively huge windows to throw into. For the third straight game, Keenum will capitalize on a stacked box, and his streak of two touchdowns in a game will extend to three. However, in this game, he will have three passing touchdowns.
- Speaking of streaks, WR Brian Quick will continue his touchdown receiving streak. Quick will catch his fourth touchdown in three weeks. Like the previous two weeks, this will come on the heels of minimal targets, but he’ll reach pay-dirt in the third quarter.
- WR Tavon Austin will have 150+ yards from scrimmage. Austin will break a long run on an end around, but will also break loose on a reception. Austin will finish with 90+ yards receiving and 60+ yards rushing. The issue with stacking the box is that if a player can break past that first wave, then the defense is in trouble. A fake to RB Todd Gurley will hold the second level just long enough for Austin to get the edge, and with two key blocks from WRs Kenny Britt and Quick, Austin will be off to the races. His reception will come once he beats the corner and crosses the safety’s face on a post.
- For the first time in his career, LT Greg Robinson will grade out as PFF’s top-ranked lineman of the week. Thus far, Robinson has received a negative grade in all but three games of his career. This week, Robinson will dominate in pass protection, and move bodies regularly in the run game. He will play a penalty-free game, and force two encroachments.
- The Rams defense will hold the Bills running game to 60 total yards or less. RB LeSean McCoy hasn’t exactly been tearing it up, but he’s been very solid. However, the add bonus in the rushing attack that is QB Tyrod Taylor has allowed he Bills to pile up the rush yard this year. The Bills have the seventh ranked rushing attack and Taylor is their second leading rusher. The Rams’ front seven will shut that down, and hold Taylor and McCoy to a combined 45 yards.