Rams confident youth can offset Falcons' experience
Jan 07 2018
For whatever reason, this upcoming game between the Rams and Atlanta Falcons is not drawing a sold-out crowd. It's been a long 13 years for their fans, but that drought comes to an end this weekend.
The NFC established itself as the superior conference early on in the 2017 National Football League campaign, and the result is a pair of juicy wild-card matchups over the next two days. They're just trying to get back to a year ago.
Don't forget that earlier in the season, it was an over the hill, out of the game Mike Martz who lobbed some fire towards the first time/first year head coach saying that the Rams hired a buddy for Goff.
The game at L.A. Memorial Coliseum kicks off at 8:15 p.m.
After trading top target Kelvin Benjamin and suffering a rash of offensive injuries (including leading receiver Devin Funchess), the pressure has fallen nearly entirely on Newton to get the job done himself.
Even more impressive is the fact that three of those field goals are from 56, 51 and 54 yards out. The three takeaways, all of them coming on Cam Newton interceptions, ended up being the only time this season that Atlanta forced three turnovers in a game. Keep an eye on the decisions Sean McVay makes in Falcons territory. Atlanta took over once again in Rams territory, on the 32-yard line.
The comparisons are well known, with many saying Goff is the next Matt Ryan. Everyone in this locker room has been doing everything they can to make sure that when we step on the field this time on Saturday, that we've got everything ready to go. After last week's game, Rams coaches weren't sure he'd be able to play.
The over, meanwhile, is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last seven meetings when the Rams are the host team. The Rams boast a very talented defensive line and a unit that racked up 48 sacks during the regular season.
The Falcons have the game's best wide receiver in Julio Jones, a veteran quarterback in MattRyan, and accomplished running game with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. If split apart, both could start for any of several teams in the National Football League, but the combination of the two has worked well with the Falcons. "When you've been through some of the fire together, you come out the other side stronger as a brotherhood".
Gurley was productive on the ground, with 101 yards. They've played some really good teams and played well against them.
If the Saints are making a deep run this post-season, it will be thanks to these two backs and there's every reason to expect "Boom and Zoom" to feature heavily on Sunday.
Goff looked like the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft and should benefit from his first taste of playoff experience the next time he's in this spot.