The Los Angeles Rams are now in line for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, if the team wins out, of course.
The Los Angeles Rams take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday at Ford Field. They are coming off a bye week in which they were able to get healthy and plenty of rest. The last game they played was two weeks ago and it was a barnburner.
Jared Goff threw for 400+ yards and the Rams outlasted the Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football. The defense made numerous plays as they scored two defensive touchdowns, forced a couple of interceptions and a forced fumble.
Their opponent this week, however, is not as daunting as the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions, at 4-7, have slim playoff hopes and look to be playing toward the role of spoiler this year.
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They are led by Matthew Stafford who has not played as well this season. Though he will throw for over 3000+ yards yet again, Stafford has come under constant pressure.
Ever since trading Golden Tate and losing Marvin Jones due to injury, Matthew Stafford has force fed his new number one receiver by default Kenny Golladay. Golladay is on pace to have over 1,000 yards and looks to be a star in the near future.
The key for the Rams in this game is to attack the Lions via the air. Detroit may rank as one of the worst rush defenses in the league, but have marginally gotten better as the season has gone by due to the arrival of Damon “Snacks” Harrison.
The Rams still have Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods leading the way in receiving as well as Josh Reynolds taking over the 3rd receiver role for injured slot receiver Cooper Kupp. Though top corner Darius Slay will more than likely shadow Cooks or Reynolds on the outside, Woods will be able to expose the Lions in the slot.
Todd Gurley, who had his ankle rolled up in the Rams last game, will be fully healthy and ready to go in this game. Additionally, the Rams will welcome back cornerback Aqib Talib who will definitely shore up the defense and help fellow partner Marcus Peters who has been burned in the last couple weeks coverage wise.
The Rams should not overlook this game as it could be a classic trap game given that their next opponent is a defensive stalwart: The Chicago Bears.