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Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys divisional playoffs: Best overreaction has to be that the Rams’ run defense is fixed

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It would seem that all the Rams needed to stop the run was some good old fashioned disrespect.

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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.

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.