While I was on the radio discussing the Rams recent victory over the Seahawks in the wild card round, I was asked which current injury to a Rams player would affect the team the most in Saturday’s matchup with the Packers.
Off the top of my head, I thought it’d have to be either Jared Goff or Aaron Donald. With some more thought, I decided that a banged up Goff could ultimately affect the entire team’s performance more than a less-than-healthy Donald, at the end of the day.
The offense is predicated off of the run game. Should the run game fall flat, which it has done on more than one occasion this season, then it’s up to Goff to throw them into keeping pace. Goff has also been quite up-and-down this season, which means that’s not a situation the Rams ever want to find themselves in, especially during the postseason.
But when it comes to the defense, there are so many talented and underrated players on that side of the ball that Donald doesn’t need to be 100 percent. Leonard Floyd played a phenomenal game against Seattle and the secondary can make a lot of offense’s pay in their own right. The likes of Sebastian Joseph-Day and Morgan Fox allow the defensive line to rotate without losing too much production and impact, which is not something a lot of other teams can claim, as well.
So anyway, I thought I’d get some of your thoughts on this matter.
Which injury would affect the Rams the most, Goff’s or Donald’s?
And now for today’s links.
Bret Stuter spotlights defensive tackle Morgan Fox as an unsung hero for the Rams (Ramblin’ Fan)
Peter Schrager says the trade for Jalen Ramsey may have been the best move in the past 10 years (The Rams Wire)
Stu Jackson highlights how the defense needs to step up against the Packers (TheRams.com)
First look at this Saturday’s matchup with the Packers (TheRams.com)
Field Yates discusses seven free agents who will get paid more than you’d expect (ESPN)
Bill Belichick chose not to receive the Medal of Freedom (ESPN)
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says Pederson firing not about Wentz (ESPN)
Brady vs. Brees will be the oldest QB matchup ever (Pro Football Talk)
Five things to watch in every divisional game (NFL.com)
Winners and losers from the CFP National Championship Game (Bleacher Report)