Who can help them avoid the upset?
To say that Rams fans missed Legatron the past month and change would be a severe understatement. Out of the 3 players that kicked for the Rams in Zuerlein’s absence, it should come as no surprise that the one and only Johnny Hekker was the most effective.
Rams fans will be able to breathe easier on PATs and FGs with GZ back, but there will still be some nervousness until the Rams All-Pro kicker shows that he truly is 100% recovered from his injury.
The 49ers are allowing nearly 30 points per game and Goff has to be drooling over the opportunity to play them this weekend. With RB Todd Gurley getting a ton of attention (rightfully so) the 49ers may look for Goff to beat them.
I expect the Rams franchise QB to do just that.
With WR Cooper Kupp out with an MCL injury, head coach Sean McVay will look to Reynolds to be the next man up. Reynolds has been an enigma thus far in his NFL career and this is his opportunity to shed that label. Is he up to the task against a porous 49ers D?
Whoever Plays Opposite Marcus Peters
Peters was able to recover nicely last week after a horrid game against the Seattle Seahawks 2 weeks ago. The issue for the Rams secondary since losing CB Aqib Talib has been fielding two competent corners at the same time.
When Troy Hill was playing well, Peters was getting torched. When Peters recovered and played to his ability level, Hill looked terrible. Sam Shields has flashed the ability that once made him a Pro Bowler, but has lacked consistency.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips needs someone to step up. Who will rise to the occasion?
Brockers is here simply as an advisory. He injured his shoulder last week and has been listed on the injury report all week. He’s going to play, but I’m interested to see if the injury slows him down at all.