Los Angeles Rams: Three Keys Against the New Orleans Saints
For the Los Angeles Rams, playing in the NFC Championship Game is a step farther than they went last season. In 2017, they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. On Sunday, they will head to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Saints. It is a matchup of the top two seeds of the NFC. What can the Rams do to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII? Here are three keys.
Run Gurley (Anderson) Run
The Los Angeles Rams need to have a ball control game plan on Sunday afternoon. That means we should see a lot of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson. Last week, the Rams went for over 200 yards on the ground against the Dallas Cowboys. Repeating that performance could mean a trip to Super Bowl LII. It also means that Drew Brees is on the sideline.
Talib is a huge factor in this game. He did not play in the first game and the Saints had a field day through the air. Saints WR Michael Thomas had over 200 yards that day. With Talib in the lineup, the Rams are a spectacular defense. When he is not, they are average. Thus, making Aqib Talib an x-factor on Sunday.
McVay makes our list again this week. This will be the biggest game, to date, in his career. He needs to stay the course that he has stayed all season with his squad. He has been even keel and level-headed. That has helped the Los Angeles Rams maintain the same course all year. He was as cool as a summer breeze in the divisional round. Early jitters may show. Which way will McVay go?
The Los Angeles Rams have an opportunity to make history. The last Super Bowl appearance as a franchise was in 2002. They lost to the New England Patriots. The last Super Bowl appearance as the Los Angeles Rams was in 1980. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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