The Los Angeles Rams are off to a 2-0 start in 2019 and have yet to show even half of what they are capable of on offense. Even still, there has been a ton of excitement. Here are five Rams you need to watch for this Sunday.
QB Jared Goff
This seems as obvious as it gets because he’s the quarterback but you need to keep an eye on Jared Goff this Sunday night. We have seen a tale of two sides of the coin with Goff on primetime. You have two primetime games versus the Vikings and Chiefs last year in which Goff looked to be an elite quarterback. Then, you have the two games against the Eagles and Bears in which Goff looked like a middle of the pack quarterback. This game is important for Goff as he is 2-0 on the season but with a big help from his defense. Goff needs to shake off the rust and shake it off now.
Did you know that both the Seahawks and 49ers are flirting with a 3-0 start this week? The Rams have some pressure on them to start the season for sure. This game was a much more acceptable loss before the season, but now that we’ve seen the Browns in two games get blown out by the Titans and barely take down a banged-up Jets team, there is plenty of uncertainty to be had. Goff started slowly last year but turned it on as soon as he played in his first primetime game of the year. Will he do it this weekend? I’m expecting a big game from Goff whether the Browns secondary is intact or not.
WR Robert Woods
Last week was one of Robert Woods’ most disappointing games which include the fact he had a touchdown called back due to a Joe Noteboom block in the back. Woods gets to head into this contest with the possibility of dodging the matchups with rookie Greedy Williams and second-year stud Denzel Ward. It’s not as if Woods would want to play the Browns shorthanded but it sure helps. You can expect Woods to feast on the Browns secondary if that indeed is the case and honestly, you shouldn’t be surprised if he feasts even if it isn’t. Woods has the second most targets for Rams receivers heading into this game and I’m expecting a 100-yard game and at least a touchdown visit for big number 17.
LT Andrew Whitworth
The Rams offensive line has been forced to protect Jared Goff from two of the nastiest defensive lines in football to start the season. Week three will feature the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line and with Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon headlining that unit, you could argue this is a better unit than the first two. With that being said, it will be up for Andrew Whitworth to slow down the red hot Myles Garrett on Sunday night. The way the Browns have played, it looks as if it would be harder for the Rams to lose this game than many expected pre-season. However, Garrett is a game-wrecker and could change the outcome of this one on a dime. Whitworth will have to hold his own as he has the toughest task on the line of stopping the hottest pass rusher to start the season in Garrett.
I’m expecting Garrett to have himself a good game but Whitworth will do enough to force defensive coordinator Steve Wilks’ hand into getting creative and maybe moving Garrett around the line.
ILB Cory Littleton
We saw Cory Littleton explode back onto the scene to kick off the season in Carolina. He came back down to earth in week two but this is still one of the top ten linebackers in football. This Sunday night Littleton will have to be on point as well as his running mates Bryce Hager and Taylor Rapp. Why? The Cleveland Browns running game isn’t even the reason, it’s their passing attack that comes from the backfield. Cleveland has a weapon in Nick Chubb that everyone is fully aware of but are you aware of D’Ernest Johnson who played in the AAF this past winter? Cleveland may have found something in Johnson as a multi-threat back and Littleton will need to do a good job of covering him. Johnson is the x-factor of the game.
CB Marcus Peters
The biggest player to watch Sunday night? Maybe Marcus Peters who will have the tough task of defending Odell Beckham Jr. The same OBJ that just went over 160 yards on Monday Night Football. Odell is a game-breaker and can change the game on a dime just like Myles Garrett on the other side of the ball. Peters has been quiet but has played relatively well and this is going to be a huge test for Peters in stopping Odell on primetime, the same type of game scenery that created the star we see today. Peters through two games has allowed three receptions on four targets for 40 yards. However, Peters along with the rest of defensive backs have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing receiver. Will Peters help keep that streak going? We will find out Sunday but his role in this game is vital.