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Matchups to watch revisited After playing their first game outside of the state of California

in Suggestions Section Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:37 am
by panxing18 • 76 Posts

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks: Jacob McQuaide Jersey , the Los Angeles Rams remain undefeated with a perfect 5-0 record.Traveling to Seattle to play the Seahawks in their home is no easy task, and that proved true yesterday.Let’s take a look at the matchups to watch from last week and revisit how the battles ended:CB Nickell Robey-Coleman vs WR Doug BaldwinLast week’s matchup to watch:Doug Baldwin had one reception for one single yard. He was literally the definition of invisible. It actually turned out to be WR Tyler Lockett who had his way with the Rams’ defensive backs with three long catches that totaled 98 yards and a touchdown. Rookie WR David Moore chipped in with three receptions - two of which went for touchdowns (one was questionable). Nickell Robey-Coleman on the other hand turned out to be the Rams’ best defensive back on the day arguably. The unit struggled in general, though NRC’s physicality and tackling ability are always on display.LT Andrew Whitworth vs DE Frank ClarkLast week’s matchup to watch:Frank Clark was a problem yesterday for the Rams. Clark beat Whitworth on a few occasions as a pass rusher, but not only that, he actually registered an interception too. Clark returned that INT for 26 yards. He also registered a TFL on a jet sweep by Robert Woods where he got blown up. Now, it wasn’t all good. Whitworth also played a very good game himself, but that’s how the game goes sometimes. Good players win, and yesterday two good players got theirs.QB Jared Goff vs CB Shaquill GriffinLast week’s matchup to watch:If you looked at Jared Goff’s stat line you’d probably think he had a bad day, but that’s why we watch the games instead. Goff accounted for two interceptions on the day though one was simply a great pass breakup by a Seahawks defender that got batted up and dropped into Frank Clark’s hands, and the other was a hail mary attempt before the end of the half which was intercepted. Goff was picking apart (used to this yet?) the Seahawks’ defenders one-by-one. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were dominant and even depth players like Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge got their feet wet after concussions knocked out both Kupp and Brandin Cooks from the game.RB Todd Gurley vs MLB Bobby WagnerLast week’s matchup to watch:Todd Gurley wasn’t asked to do too much yesterday, though his physicality showed as he was finishing his runs with power all night. Gurley only had 77 rushing yards on 22 carries though he did have three rushing touchdowns. He also chipped in with four receptions for 36 yards. Gurley wasn’t allowed to kill the Seahawks (by gameplan), though he was still highly effective and poses a dangerous threat every time he touches the ball.DT Aaron Donald vs QB Russell WilsonLast week’s matchup to watch:Even though you didn’t hear his name called often Authentic Johnny Hekker Jersey , Donald was once again a handful for the Seahawks’ offensive line. Donald registered another sack keeping his streak going, and also chipped in with a tackle-for-loss. Much more is expected from the defensive line as a whole, but Ndamukong Suh did also chip in with another sack (and a second that was negated by defensive holding).K Cairo Santos vs himselfLast week’s matchup to watch:Outside of a missed extra point (which was awful) Santos had himself a solid game. Santos went 2-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-4 on extra points. Ultimately, his last field goal turned out to be the game winner; and it was a good time for him to rebound off a missed extra point.Los Angeles Rams versus Minnesota Vikings: Stock up, stock down Wow. In an indescribable and highly emotional night and contest, the Los Angeles Rams escaped with another win improving their unbeaten record to 4-0.The game was a high scoring affair that finished with a score of 38-31 for the home team.Let’s take a look at the stock report:Stock DownK Sam FickenOnce again, it wasn’t all terrible for Ficken. He actually scored all five of his extra points and went 1-for-2 on field goals, though his miss from 28 yards was awful. It came at an awful point in the game as the three points would have put the Rams up by 13, instead they were only up by 10 and the Vikings came right back with a touchdown nearly tying the game.CB Sam ShieldsShields was not the only defensive back who struggled - matter of fact, majority of the defense did. But it was clear the Vikings loved picking on Shields last night for whatever reason. I wouldn’t say it’s a cause for concern because Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are a downright dominant duo, but Aldrick Robinson shouldn’t be scoring a touchdown on Shields and Marcus Peters in coverage. Also, Shields’ almost-INT-turned-3rd down conversion was a turning point in the game.OLB Matt LongacreMatt Longacre is being depended up on to step up with edge Dominique Easley out Limited Lamarcus Joyner Jersey Salute to Service , but he hasn’t separated himself in any shape or form. Whether it’s the injury or lack of pass rush, Longacre hasn’t been able to distinguish himself at all. The Rams will need more from the co-starter moving forward.WR Josh ReynoldsReynolds hasn’t been asked to do much recently, but his rep on the fake-punt-pass was very poor. The only explanation that’s acceptable is he might have lost the ball in the lights, but even then, he didn’t even bother going for the pass which certainly looked catchable. For a guy who’s huge and a jump-ball type receiver, you expect Reynolds to put forth a better effort than that.Stock UpWR’s Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks, Robert WoodsThis trio is the best in the league and I’m not sure any other receiving corps is close. Kupp was the lead dog last night pulling a 9-162-2 line and looking absolutely un-coverable all night. Brandin Cooks managed to score his first touchdown as a Ram in his 7-116-1 line. Lastly, Robert Woods started to dial in-in the second half and took advantage of his opportunities registering a 5-101-1 line. These three were absolutely brilliant against a very good Vikings defense.. The trio looks like they might all be able to crack 1,000 yards receiving a piece.Rams’ OLUnreal. This offensive line is on something because they continue to put forth the leagues best performance from an OL group. The Rams’ running attack only had 100 yards though that was clearly not the plan of attack. They averaged 5.0 yards per rush which is fantastic. Not only that, but Jared Goff was sacked one single time and was generally given pristine pockets to work from. Anytime your quarterback can close in on 500 yards, you know the offensive line was absolutely dealing.QB Jared GoffElite. These past two weeks haven’t been good from Goff - they haven’t been great either. They’ve been ELITE. Goff continues to prove he’s not just a guy that works well in the system. Some of the pin-point accurate throws he’s making are jaw-dropping. Going 26/33 for 465 yards and 5 TD’s with 0 INT’s Rodger Saffold Jersey , Goff literally looked unstoppable. He was finding open receivers left, right, and center. And when they weren’t open, he was throwing them open. The touchdowns to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks were absolute dimes. The corner TD to Kupp defied all the laws of physics.DT’s Aaron Donald, Ndamukong SuhThe Rams’ handsomely paid defensive lineman are starting to show out. They started the game by collectively stopping the run - and it worked. The Vikings averaged a measly 3.2 yards per run. Aaron Donald finally managed to register his first legitimate sack - actually, he got two. Also, Ndamukong Suh notched another sack coming off defensive end for his second on the season.

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