When you think about the Los Angeles Rams defense, two words come to mind: Aaron Donald. Rightfully so. He’s the best in the game, and one of the most dominant forces in the NFL. But not enough is said about the Rams’ secondary this season, which has indeed been locking down receivers and eliminating big plays.
Through three weeks of play, the Rams are the only team in the NFL that has yet to give up an air yards completion of 20+ yards. Opposing QB’s have attempted to take the Rams deep five times and all five tries proved fruitless.
Now, they have given up pass plays of 20+, the longest of which goes to Cleveland Browns’ RB Nick Chubb (30 yards). Jarvis Landry, also on a catch-and-run, went for 27 last week. And New Orleans’ Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith had a 28 yard reception in Week 2. That’s it. The Carolina Panthers didn’t have a pass-catcher eclipse 20 yards in the season opener.
In total, for both run and pass plays, the Rams have allowed only five 20+ yard plays all year. That, again, is currently the best mark in the league.
On Thursday, Rams’ DC Wade Phillips was asked the longest pass play to a receiver (that being Tre’Quan Smith) being 28 yards. His response:
That’s too much
You have to love that guy. And love what the Rams’ defense is doing as a whole to start the year.