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NFL Week 13 Game Insight (Rams @ Lions)

Kyle Smith       December 1, 2018    11:25 AM

 

Welcome to the month of December fellow peers. The month where playoff dreams are either fulfilled or destroyed. In this game we have a LA Rams team looking to continue their strong season in hopes to earn the first seed in the NFC, providing them with a handy first round bye and home advantage for the playoffs. While the Lions playoff hopes are unfortunately being flushed down the toilet as we speak.

            First let’s get into injuries as they play a key role in our decision for this underwhelming battle. The Lions will be without star rookie running back Kerryon Johnson. As well as wider receiver Marvin Jones Jr, who was put on Injured Reserve recently. That leaves the Lions with Kenny Golladay and Theo Riddick as their top offensive weapons. While the Rams are coming off of a bye week and are COMPLETEY HEALTHY. They are even expecting all pro cornerback Aqib Talib to finally make his return to the field after being on Injured Reserve most of the season.

            The Rams coming off of a bye week is a huge factor when deciding if the Rams are in position to cover the -10 spread they have been given. Last year (Sean Mcvay’s first year as Head Coach) the Rams came off of their bye week and absolutely steam rolled a giants team at MetLife stadium, winning the game 51-17. A giants team that was also plagued with injuries and enduring another rough season, much like the Lions. So far this season when the Rams have played subpar teams they have won by an average of 27 points… those teams including Raiders, Cardinals, and 49ers. It seems when the Rams have a chance to play weak teams, they take advantage of the matchups and don’t let up. Something we will need to continue to see come this Sunday.

            In terms of player matchups, the Rams win in almost every matchup. The Rams have the secondary to control a weak receiving core and a front 7 that should be able to handle the Lions rushing attack led by punishing running back Legarrette Blount. The Rams offense, armed with weapons including Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Todd Gurley, should have a field day against one of the at best average defenses in the league. I look for the Rams to pound the ball consistently and attack Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson when throwing the ball. This would help avoid the one playmaker the Lions defense have, in cornerback Darius Slay.

            Extra Stats :

·        Rams are averaging 35 ppg while Lions are averaging a underwhelming 21 points

·        In Todd Gurley’s 2 matchups against the Lions he combined for 244 scrimmage yards and 2 touchdowns

·        Lions rank 20th in the league in sacks allowed

·        Ndamukong Suh will be returning to Detroit and facing his ex QB Matt Stafford who has been having a poor season, while Suh has been BALLING

Game Prediction: RAMS WIN 36-17

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