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Los Angeles Rams Vs. Washington: 5 Opponents to Watch

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Washington will need these players to step up in order to avoid an 0-2 start.

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Week 2 of the 2017 season is already underway and Washington is staring an 0-2 start. Headed west to face the Los Angeles Rams after a week 1 loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington has plenty of high-value opponents I’m watching out for this Sunday.

WR Jamison Crowder

Crowder was tabbed before the season as a breakout candidate. He’s got big play potential. The speedy WR got off to a very rough start last week hauling in just 3 catches for 14 yards when he wasn’t dropping them. The Rams’ Lamarcus Joyner broke out last week against the awful Colts offense but Crowder will offer a true test for Joyner and the rest of the defense.

LB Ryan Kerrigan

One of the perennially underrated pass rushers, Kerrigan has ability to change games. He’s always everywhere it seems. Last week his stat line had one of everything, with .5 sacks, .5 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup, 1 QB hit and 1 Lamarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson impression with a pick 6 of his own. Kerrigan is the guy the Rams must be aware of at all times. Sean McVay already knows this.

RB Chris Thompson

I like to view Thompson as what Tavon Austin should be in the Rams offense. Or for a more relatable comparison, Thompson is a suped up Benny Cunningham when he played for the Rams. A far more effective pass catcher than a runner, Thompson caught 49 passes last year and already has caught 4 passes for 52 yards in 2017, one going for a TD. With rookie RB Samaje Perine in the doghouse and Rob Kelley the plodder, Thompson could have a bigger role in the offense this week.

S D.J. Swearinger

You may recognize him from his time in Arizona last year, Swearinger is now starting for the Washington. His reputation is still a super aggressive big hitter and has been chirping about Jared Goff this week. His play style is boom or bust. I’m interested to see how aggressive the Rams are in attacking him or if they do at all. Is it Gerald Everett breakout time?

QB Kirk Cousins

Only because of all the narratives does Kirk make it here for me. If there is a prop bet for how many times “McVay” and “Cousins” are mentioned in the same sentence of the broadcast, I’m betting my life’s savings on the over. Cousins didn’t get a ton of help from his receivers or booth reviews last week but still had his team in the game against a very good and underrated Philadelphia Eagles defense. Cousins isn’t to be taken lightly but for some reason I think the Wade Phillip’s led defense will give him fits all game.