The Los Angeles Rams are headed to Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers in a game that will feature the likes of Aaron Donald and Juju Smith-Schuster, but who will make a difference? In the past two weeks, we have seen players like Obo Okoronkwo and Josh Reynolds make a difference on the field just when the Rams needed it. So who does it against the Steelers? Any given Sunday, a player can make their signature play or come out of nowhere to aid the Rams to a win. This upcoming week, I think I have an idea who will.
Robert Woods, Wide Receiver:
It seems like its been a while since Robert Woods’ last breakout game. While Cooper Kupp has dominated headlines and rightfully so, Roberty Woods has been quietly productive. Even though he has only totaled 116 yards in his last two games, Bobby Woods makes a difference in other ways than yard production. It has been 4 weeks since Woods’ last game over 100 yards receiving though, so he’s due for a big game. I expect at least 85 yards receiving and some patented Robert Woods blocks against the Steelers.
Troy Hill, Cornerback
Who could’ve seen this coming? Troy Hill was PFF’s highest-ranked corner in the Rams’ game against the Bengals, and he has quietly been the Rams’ second-best corner, and a good one at that. I expect Troy Hill to come out looking the same way he has been; Wade Phillip and Aubrey Pleasant have entrusted Hill with the duties of being a number two corner and he hasn’t disappointed. Against the Steelers, Hill will be matched up against James Washington and Dionte Johnson on the outside, and maybe I’m crazy for this but I trust him with those assignments. Might not be a 90+ PFF grade game for Hill, but alongside Jalen Ramsey, he will suffice.
Obo Okoronkwo, EDGE
Rams twitter (me included) hyped up Obo Okoronkwo like he is the next Lawrence Taylor and I was disappointed with him throughout his tenure with the Rams: until two weeks ago. Okoronkwo has been cursed with inactive disease and has been largely left off the active roster but finally, in mid-2019, Sean McVay played him in an important role: Okoronkwo showed out. He had 1.5 sacks against the Bengals and got tons of pressure off of the edge against the Falcons the week before. I’m not saying he will be the next great defensive linemen for the Los Angeles Rams, but Okoronkwo has made a difference, and I don’t expect that to change against the Steelers, even against one of the best pass-blocking offensive lines in the game.
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