There was a lot of prognosticating last week before the Los Angeles Rams-Dallas Cowboys playoff game, per usual. The consensus was that the Achilles heel for the Rams was going to be their weak run defense. Whoops!
ESPN’s Booger McFarland received the most dunks from Rams Twitter as he also called out the Rams’ offensive line. And he wasn’t out of left field. If you had to zero in on a weakness, the disappointing play of DT Ndamukong Suh isn’t a reach.
Gotta love the @RamsNFL liabilities.— J.B. Long (@JB_Long) January 13, 2019
Offensive line: 273 rushing, 0 sacks allowed
Run defense: 50 yards surrendered
Already liked @ESPNBooger before this week. Huge fan now for this bulletin board material. More next week, please! pic.twitter.com/iMqr3Qsn1A
However, pride is a powerful thing. And while it’s an overreaction to say that fans can expect the Rams’ run defense to shutdown RB Alvin Kamara next week in New Orleans because they played like wild animals this past Sunday, there’s still some truth to the idea.
So much of football is mental and it makes sense that a veteran like Ndumokong Suh heard the disrespect all week and his emotions/anger/fury perfectly complimented with his technique resulting in his best game as an LA Ram.
How do the Rams keep this up for next week you ask? Let’s all build up the narrative that Suh and company can’t do it again. Or that DT Aaron Donald has been overshadowed and isn’t worth his contract because he can’t deliver in the postseason.
If the recipe for success with the run defense is anger, then let’s get some trash talk burning before the Rams take the field in New Orleans.