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Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons: Game notes

After getting a chance to rip through the all-22, Sosa shares his observations.

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The Los Angeles Rams had an impressive rebound win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, and since I’ve went through the all-22, I’ve gathered some interesting observations from the contest.

Let’s get into the notes:

  • The Rams moved the pocket and quarterback Jared Goff’s release points often. I wonder if that had to do with a simple gameplan or due to a lack of trust in the offensive line. Either way, it worked to perfection
  • Right guard Austin Blythe was very bad, particularly as a run blocker. He whiffed on far too many occasions
  • Center Brian Allen also had a fair share of whiffs as a run blocker. Left guard David Edwards wasn’t great as a run blocker, though he wasn’t as bad as Allen or Blythe were either
  • Safety Marqui Christian was the one guy who played so incredibly well, yet nobody mentioned. Christian showed off his pursuit and excellent ability to tackle ball carriers in the open field. Not only that, but he also covered a lot of tight end Austin Hooper, and didn’t allow a single reception as far as I saw
  • Newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey was a pest. Julio Jones won a handful of times, but that’s what happens when two elite players go to war. This was an incredibly fun matchup to focus on

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  • As per usual, defensive tackle Aaron Donald was superb. He was applying pressure wherever he lined up on the defensive line
  • David Edwards received some simple tasks in pass pro, though he did receive some 1-on-1’s, and generally did a great job in both facets. Edwards was a clear improvement at left guard

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  • If it weren’t for a few overthrows from Goff, tight end Gerald Everett might’ve had a 150-yard performance as he was open all day. Everett abused his matchup on all levels of the field

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  • The run defense is truly excelling. They maintained gaps and discipline throughout, never allowing the Falcons’ rushing attack any space
  • Backup running back Darrell Henderson is beginning to receive more opportunities, and he’s impressed. Henderson looked very good, showing plenty of burst, explosion, decisiveness, balance through contact, and finished his runs with power
  • Edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. played the game of his life. Fowler had two or three impressive tackles in run support, and obviously was active as a pass rusher with his three-sack performance

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  • The Rams lined up inside linebacker Cory Littleton over the center (Alex Mack) nearly all game. I’m curious as to why they did that

The Rams will look to string together a winning streak as they head to London to face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.