Los Angeles Rams: Three Matchups To Watch Against the Titans

by Preston Gore
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The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday Night Football. In a rematch of Super Bowl 34, both teams come in as the two of the top teams in their respective conferences. The Rams and Titans matchup marks just the fourth time in the past 15 years that the teams with the best record in each conference have matched up in Week 9 or later. With that being the case, there will be a lot of good matchups to watch. 

1. Los Angeles Rams Pass Rush vs Titans Offensive Line

Football games are won in the trenches and this may be one of the most lopsided matchups on paper. The Los Angeles Rams have a league high 25 sacks on the year, which isn’t favorable for Ryan Tannehill and the Titans offense. The Titans offensive line has allowed 24 sacks on Tannehill, which is the second most in the league – only trailing Justin Fields (25).

Ryan Tannehill has thrown four interceptions in his last three games, while the Rams’ defense is tied for a league high with 11 interceptions. He’s also fumbled three times this season and has lost all three. Expect the Rams’ pass rush to get to Tannehill multiple times on Sunday night and force him into a turnover or two.

The Los Angeles Rams pass rush features Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd who leads the team with 6.5 sacks. Earlier this week, the team also added Von Miller. With no Derrick Henry, expect the Rams to focus on the passing game and getting to Tannehill to force him into mistakes. 

ADVANTAGE: Rams Pass Rush

2. Jalen Ramsey vs AJ Brown

After Derrick Henry was contained the past two weeks, the Titans offense ran through AJ Brown and his big play ability. Last week against the Colts, Brown had 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. He also had eight catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs the week prior.

AJ Brown’s blend of size and speed has given him the game breaking ability of yards after catch, which has earned him the nickname “YAC god” among Titans fans. Brown has 155 yards after the catch this season, which ranks just 29th in the NFL. However, over the last two weeks, Brown ranks fifth in the NFL with 95 yards after the catch.

 Brown will face his toughest challenge of the season. This week, he’ll be lining up against Jalen Ramsey who is considered the best cornerback in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams line Ramsey inside and outside and he’ll surely spend a fair amount of time across from Brown. The Rams top cornerback must keep Brown in check by not allowing him to get loose after the catch.


3. Cooper Kupp vs Elijah Molden

Cooper Kupp has been an absolute nightmare for opposing slot defenders. From the slow this season, Cooper Kupp leads the NFL with 43 receptions for 700 yards and five touchdowns. His 16.3 yards per reception from the slot also ranks fourth.  This week, Kupp draws a favorable matchup against Titans’ rookie cornerback, Elijah Molden.

Considered the “Jedi in the Slot” by some Titans fans, he’s had flashes of brilliance as a rookie. However, Elijah Molden has played more like “Padawan in the Slot” rather than a Jedi. Molden never allowed a touchdown at the University of Washington, but he’s already gotten beat for a league-high three from the slot this season. 

Additionally, he’s allowed 16 completions for 252 yards with 113 of those yards coming after the catch. His 252 yards allowed from the slot this season is the fifth-most in the NFL. The 113 yards after the catch also ranks inside the top-10 in most allowed.

 Kupp is the NFL’s leading receiver with 63 catches for 924 yards this season. The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver has also been dominant from the slot where Molden spends his time. Kupp’s 414 yards after the catch is the second most in the NFL. Kupp’s 10 touchdowns and red zone touchdowns also lead the NFL. Expect Cooper Kupp to win this matchup by a large margin on Sunday night.

ADVANTAGE: Cooper Kupp


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