The rivalry between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers is currently one of the most intriguing in all of football. The NFC West divisional foes know each other well, and they don’t seem to care for each other much.
The head coaching careers of Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan will forever be linked after the two coached in Washington together and then became head coaches at the same time in 2017. The duo then made huge swings to upgrade at quarterback after the 2020 season - the Rams by swapping Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford and the 49ers trading up to draft Trey Lance. LA won a Super Bowl in part because of Stafford’s contributions, but San Francisco is still waiting for their selection of Lance to pay dividends. The second-year QB was injured in the second game of the season and will not return until 2023.
Both teams expected to compete amongst the best in the NFC conference this season, but the early going has proved to be tougher than anticipated.
Are Rams a “get right game” for San Fran?
The 49ers were outpaced by the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 while the Rams used their bye week to nurse back to health. It’s all setting up for another all-important NFC West showdown.
A win for Los Angeles means a winning record at 4-3, and inversely they’d send the 49ers to 3-5. With the Seahawks at 4-3, San Francisco would be in danger of falling too far behind the top two teams.
But many fans in San Francisco see this matchup against the Rams as a “get right game”, and an opportunity to right the ship after a tough loss to KC.
The good news for the 49ers is.... that they play the Rams next week— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 23, 2022
49ers badly need a dose of the Rams to get back on track.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 23, 2022
looks like the 49ers are going to have another “get right” game against the Rams next week.— Gurshan Singh (@Gurshan_S1ngh) October 23, 2022
49ers reporters after the game “At least the Rams are a get right game for you, how good does it feel to face a familiar foe you’ve had a lot of success against” instead of asking proper questions about THIS game.— Jay C (@Doscero20) October 23, 2022
That felt way more normal for the 49ers. They always seem to be able to get right against the Rams— Where’s Purdy? (@kittlefacts) October 4, 2022
For the 49ers the Rams are the “get right” team— Yung JA (@YungJa49er) November 16, 2021
The 49ers see Rams’ OL as blood in the water
When the Rams and 49ers met in Week 4, San Francisco’s pass rush proved insurmountable for Stafford and the LA passing attack. According to PFF, Stafford was pressured on 41% of his dropbacks in that game - and the 49ers sacked him 7 times.
And LA’s injury disaster along the offensive line have only gotten worse since that game. LT Joseph Noteboom is now out for the season - he’s replaced by Alaric Jackson. The Rams are expected to start Bobby Evans at LG and Oday Aboushi at RG. Fortunately, Brian Allen should return from an injury suffered in Week 1 to start at center.
The 49ers managed 14 total pressures vs the Chiefs, per PFF. For comparison, they logged 35 pressures vs the Rams earlier this month — and LA is their next opponent.— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 24, 2022
SF should certainly enjoy facing a worse O-line
How do the 49ers fix their issues in the trenches? It’s fair to wonder what Arik Armstead can do to help, given his track record of highly impactful play. Problem is that his return timetable is unclear now. Good news is that LA’s O-line is terrible… KC’s was very good— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 23, 2022
On the McCaffrey trade and subsequent fallout...
McCaffrey played a limited role against the Chiefs after the joined the team on Friday and is still acclimating to the playbook and offense. He expects to have a firmer grasp on both in order to play a full role against LA in Week 8. Here’s what fans are saying about the trade and its fallout:
John Lynch on 49ers getting Christian McCaffrey before Rams:— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) October 21, 2022
"I’m sure he’s glad he’s here and not there."
Christian McCaffrey got to choose between Rams and 49ers and basically said nah that OL cooked and y’all Super Bowl frauds lmfaooo— ໊ (@PapiGing) October 23, 2022
Best believe if the Rams ended up w CMC, 49ers twitter woulda wanted Lynch n Kyle’s head. Also no typa OL, DL, or CB fixes the main issue at hand — scoring points ♂️— (@zaytorres03) October 21, 2022
Shanahan said that Christian McCaffrey will have the whole game plan under his belt for 49ers-Rams next week— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 24, 2022
FOX: The #Rams offered the #Panthers a 2nd, 3rd and 5th round picks for RB Christian McCaffrey, according to @PSchrags— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 23, 2022
The #49ers added the 4th round pick that the Rams couldn't to seal the deal. pic.twitter.com/9Gts9s8H0k
Rams just saw McCaffrey at SoFi with Panthers. Now he’s coming back with 49ers next Sunday.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) October 21, 2022