With the Jared Goff era getting off with a resounding THUD last weekend, the Los Angeles Rams travel to the Superdome in New Orleans to take on the Saints for Goff's first road start in the NFL. Here's who has to play well for the Rams to pull off an upset.
QB Jared Goff
Goff's debut didn't go well. Yes he was playing a decent pass D. Sure it was raining. But it boils down to gameplan. This is Jeff Fisher's offense. Period. End of Story.
That said, the Rams might not have a choice but to let Goff air it out if they want to avoid losing by 20+ points. Seeing how Fisher handles Goff in a dome against a bad defense is going to be very telling.
I can't wait.
LT Greg Robinson
Oh boy. I don't see a G-Rob / Cameron Jordan matchup working out very well for anyone wearing horns. Maybe this is one of those rare games where Robinson can piece it all together. I'm envisioning a lot of false starts and holding penalties directed towards big 'ol #73.
Robinson doens't need to win the game for the Rams. He just needs to not lose it for them.
CB E.J. Gaines
With Troy Hill demoted to the practice squad following his DUI, there is no longer any question who is starting opposite Trumaine Johnson. Saints WRs Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas are both legitimate WRs and Drew Brees knows how to get it to them.
Gaines has flashed the ability he showed as a rookie standout and the Rams need THAT E.J. to show up tomorrow.
LB/S Mark Barron
These types of games are why the Rams gave Barron a massive extension last offseason. They need him to to be a true hybrid safety. He needs to keep the Rams from getting gashed on the ground while not giving up huge chunks of yardage in coverage either.
Time to earn that cheddar.
K Greg Zuerlein
If Fisherball has taught us anything, it's that perfection is required from special teams. More often than not in 2016, Legatron has delivered that. The Rams need it again tomorrow.