The Los Angeles Rams have an opportunity to effectively (if not mathematically) secure their first NFC West crown in nearly 15 years. The 2003 St. Louis Rams were the last Rams team to win the division. If these Rams execute on Sunday, their chances of winning are very, very good.
It all starts with the Rams head coach. He’s admitted that he needs to do a better job staying balanced on offense - and also that it’s his job to fix that problem. I just hope he doesn’t over-correct and become predictable early on in the running game. That can be just as bad as not running the ball enough. Balance on offense is essential.
I don’t want to equate this to Todd Gurley touching the ball more as that is oversimplifying the issue, but that’s almost what it boils down to. Get the pass/rush closer to 50/50 coach and your players will make you look good.
While Goff hasn’t looked bad against tougher competition, he’s definitely been rattled against some of the better teams the Rams have played. When the Rams and Seahawks played in the Coliseum earlier this season, Goff was held to a season low 48.9 passer rating and had his only multi-interception game.
The ‘Legion of Boom’ is in tatters due to injuries to Richard Sherman and Cam Chancellor, but this defense is still extremely talented. Goff need to show he’s improved since the last time these two teams met if the Rams are going to walk away with the win.
Woods has indicated that he has absolutely no reservations or lingering concerns with his injured shoulder. That’s fantastic news for the Rams offense as Woods has been the team’s best WR this season. He’s not leading the team in any major categories, but that’s largely because he has missed the past few games.
Look for the Rams to get Woods involved early to shake of any dust that had accumulated during his absence.
Don’t look now, but Quinn has four sacks in the Rams last three games. Quinn has historically played the Seahawks very well (12 sacks in 11 games) and he looks to have turned back the clock a bit lately.
His injury history has clearly taken its toll, but I like Quinn’s chances to make a big impact this weekend.
NRC played very well in the second half of last week’s loss. He’ll have to continue that play with Kayvon Webster out indefinitely with a torn achilles. The Rams have next to no depth at CB so it’s imperative that NRC steps up.