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Random Ramsdom: What will it take for a bounce back game from the defense?

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The Los Angeles Rams defense is looking to bounce back against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. Here are three measurements to watch for in the week five matchup.

Total Yards Allowed

In a week four loss the defense allowed 401 total yards. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the defense gave up 407 yards and the team still came away with the win so total yardage isn’t everything but holding the Seahawks under 400 and maybe setting a new best and beating the 371 allowed to the Indianapolis Colts would go a long way in counting this as a bounce back game from the D. As long as the offense can also get right, holding the Seahawks to well under 400 yards of offense should help get the W.

Third Down Conversion Rate

The Rams allowed too many 3rd down conversions in week four, a 61.5% conversion rate to be exact with eight of the 13 attempts converted. Particularly 3rd and long attempts must be stopped.

Turnovers

If the Rams defense can produce at least one turnover, they will have improved over the previous week. Also they enter another tough division game and every turnover will be critical. Darious Williams is still without an interception this season after getting four last year. The Seahawks gave up three of those interceptions to D Will. Jordan Fuller had three interceptions last season and is also still seeking his first of the season.

If the Rams defense can improve on all three of these categories it will count as a bounce back game, especially if it facilitates a win over the Seahawks.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Injury Report 10/6: Rams carry no injury designations for Week 5 at Seahawks (Rams.com)

3 Keys to Winning for the Rams against the Seahawks (Rams.com)

Les Snead not worried about Tutu Atwell’s limited role, can see big punt return coming (RamsWire)

Can the LA Rams make effective halftime adjustments in week 5? (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

NFL QB Index, Week 5: Kyler Murray surges to No. 1 (NFL.com)

Patriots trade All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore to Panthers for 2023 sixth-round pick (NFL.com)

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions roll dice with Malik Willis, Steelers also select QB, Eagles land amazing haul (CBSsports)

Matt Nagy commits to Justin Fields as Chicago Bears’ starting QB going forward (ESPN)