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Rams News: Aaron Donald and the Rams front is key on Sunday

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 1/22/22

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams defense was one of three units this season to get at least 50 sacks. This becomes critical in the divisional round of the playoffs when the Rams face off against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In the first meeting between the Rams and the Bucs, Aaron Donald and company sacked Brady three times and Los Angeles won 34-24. If the Rams front can repeat and get Brady sacked at least three times, it will certainly increase their chances of a win. In the Week 3 meeting, Donald, Kenny Young, and Leonard Floyd got home with a sack. On Sunday, Floyd and Donald will be back at it but this time they’ll be joined by eight time Pro Bowler Von Miller.

Donald has 12.5 sacks in the regular season. Floyd has 9.5 sacks. Greg Gaines has 4.5. Miller has six sacks in the last five games. All will be present in Tampa Bay to provide pass rush for the Rams.

A’shawn Robinson is the other piece to the Rams front. The six year veteran is having a solid season posting a career high 67 tackles in the regular season and was the Rams leading tackler in the Wildcard round with seven tackles.

In the first meeting between the Rams and Buccaneers, the Bucs were held to only 35 yards rushing with 14 of those yards provided by the quarterback. Robinson, Donald and gang will need to put up the same type of resistance to get the win on Sunday for the divisional round.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth, safety Taylor Rapp to miss Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN)

Divisional Round Preview: Rams battle Tom Brady & Buccaneers for a chance at NFC crown (Rams.com)

Ernest Jones won’t play vs. Buccaneers, could return next week if Rams win (RamsWire)

LA Rams pass rush could terrorize Tom Brady in Divisional Round (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

NFL sends memo to remaining playoff teams regarding updated COVID testing cadence (NFL.com)

Ravens part ways with DC Don ‘Wink’ Martindale (NFL.com)

Source: Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry to be activated, expected to start vs. Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jets land arguably the draft’s two best prospects, Jaguars take a new name at No. 1 (CBSsports)