The Atlanta Falcons seemed to completely control the NFC South midway through the season, but have lost two of their last three games and fell into a first-place tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Luckily, the Falcons only remaining games are against teams with losing records and it all starts this week against the Los Angeles Rams. Here is a look at the Los Angeles Rams for this Week 14 matchup.
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The Los Angeles Rams started out the season with a surprising 3-1 record, but have since fallen back. They have only won one game in their past eight. Now, sitting at 4-8, the Rams are looking at yet another high draft pick next year. Changes are coming in Los Angeles and they might be more interested in looking to the future rather than trying to win the game against the Falcons.
Los Angeles Rams On Offense
Three weeks ago LA finally turned over their offense to their first round draft pick from this year. Case Keenum started the season off strong, but took the team on a four-game losing streak. After a close win against the New York Jets in Week 10, Keenum was benched. Jared Goff took over against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 20, and in three starts, he has thrown for 509 yards and four touchdowns, with three interceptions. His last start was his worst, as he completed only 14 of 32 passes with two interceptions and one touchdown against the New England Patriots.
Todd Gurley, one of the most promising running backs in the NFL in 2015, has fallen hard this season thanks to a poor offense around him. After running for 1,106 yards in his rookie campaign, along with 10 touchdowns, he hasn’t broken 100 yards once this season. Plus, he only has four touchdowns. On the other hand, Kenny Britt has watched his career roar back to life. He has 56 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. He already has career highs in all three categories with four games still to play.
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For most of his career as a head coach, Jeff Fisher has been known as a defensive mastermind. The Rams have been really good against a number of teams this year, but they have also given up a lot of points to high-powered quarterbacks, such as Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. They will likely struggle when Matt Ryan comes to town. Los Angeles ranks ninth against the pass, but this is a game that will be difficult for them to control.
Los Angeles Rams Players To Watch
Todd Gurley – The Los Angeles Rams star running back has not looked anything like he did last season because the opposing defenses can stack the line against him since there is no real passing attack. However, the Falcons don’t have a great run defense, so Gurley might get a little more of the load to take pressure off Goff.
Kenny Britt – While Goff isn’t scaring anybody, Britt has proven that he can score touchdowns regardless of who is throwing him the ball. He has five touchdowns on the season. He is a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands. He won’t beat Atlanta, but he will be fun to watch.
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The Atlanta Falcons lost this past weekend, but they still control their own fate. They play the Los Angeles Rams this week, a team that has failed to beat even the worst of teams. This is a game that the Falcons should not only win, but win by a wide margin.