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The San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams will meet up in Week 17 NFL activity on Sunday.
San Francisco enters this one at 4-11 on the year. Following two consecutive wins over the Broncos 20-14 and the Seahawks 26-23, the 49ers fell to the Bears in a tough one this past Sunday 14-9.
In the Chicago game, 49ers QB Nick Mullens put up 241 yards and a pick, and Jeffrey Wilson led a paltry rush on 27 yards. George Kittle had a decent outing with seven catches for 74 yards for the Niners.
Over on the Rams’ side, they’re 12-3 this season. Los Angeles dropped a pair of games versus the Bears 15-6 and the Eagles 30-23, but in their last appearance they drilled the Cardinals 31-9.
In the Cardinals game, Rams QB Jared Goff posted 216 yards with one TD, and Robert Woods led the receivers with 89 yards and a score off six catches. Tops in rushing for LA was CJ Anderson on 167 yards and a TD.
The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 17 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in December. San Francisco is 2-5 ATS in the last seven road games and 1-6 ATS in the last seven versus the NFC.
Meanwhile, the Rams are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 in December and 2-5 ATS in the last seven versus the NFC. LA is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six on grass and 0-5 ATS in the last five games in Week 17.
Among the 49ers’ myriad problems this year is their lack of ability to score on offense. Over their last five games, they’ve topped 20 points just once, a 26-23 win over the Seahawks.
As for the Rams, They were on a dominant run up until that Bears game, where they were only able to muster six points. That will be a blueprint in the playoffs, and even though the Niners won’t be able to stop them, I like San Fran to get into this thick line.
The task ahead isn’t going to easy. This is by no means a gimme game since the Whiners have always been to the older generation of Rams fans, the most disliked team, the natural rival to the north, while newer Gen-X and Millennials seem to favor the Seattle Seahawks as the Rams’ main rival. Even though rivalry games take on a life of their own, it’s not only imperative that Rams win this game for playoff seeding purposes, they must look good doing it so that any remaining doubts about how the team will perform on their hoped for journey to the Super Bowl will be put to rest. Not only have the Rams looked bad recently, they’ve looked down right terrible at times with fans scratching their heads wondering what happened to that team that was 8-0 at the end halfway mark and has since lost three out of their last seven.
You want to be playing your best football heading into the playoffs, so the the win last week against the Cardinals certainly helps. But in reviewing the three loses the Rams suffered thus far to the New Orleans Saints, Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, two things stand out in the Professor’s mind: turnovers and offensive tempo.
What the Rams need to do on offense
Rightfully or wrongfully, the quarterback gets the most blame when a team struggles on offense. Not surprising then that Rams QB Jared Goff has been feeling the heat after the Rams suffered back-to-back losses for the first time under Head Coach Sean McVay.
The first thing noticeable to the Professor in both these losses was the Rams offense was off not only in terms of playcalling by McVay but the tempo. The Rams are most effective in no huddle keeping defenses from making situational substitutions. The only time the Rams should find it necessary to huddle is when they get into the red zone, where patience is a virtue since touchdowns take precedence over field goals.
The Rams play much better when playing from a lead forcing other team’s offenses to match them score for score. Playing at a faster pace is the Rams’ modus operandi. The fly sweep is the perfect play to set up the up-tempo style the Rams’ offense likes to play.
In the fly sweep, the quarterback has three available options. He can hand to it the receiver coming across, fake the handoff to the receiver and instead hand the ball off to Gurley for a run up the middle run or fake the hand off to him and hit a receiver coming across. If Goff has enough time after faking a handoff to Gurley, he could even hit Todd coming out of the backfield.
Additionally in the no huddle, Goff reads the coverage immediately at the line of scrimmage. He knows instantly where he should go with the ball taking what the defense is giving the Rams’ offense. Goff is forced to be reactionary in the no huddle while gaining confidence since under McVay rhythm is everything at QB. The quarterback can’t be thinking about where to throw the ball; he has to make his reads quickly and throw the pass to the first open receiver. Out of the huddle, Goff is simply overthinking the playcall and trying to do too much. The net result has been forced inaccurate passes into coverage killing his confidence and rhythm.
What the Rams didn’t do against the Bears or the Eagles for that matter was establish an offensive tempo that suited what they do best. Playcalling by McVay is crucial to putting the Rams’ offense in the best position to take advantage of opposing defenses, relying less on Goff to make the difficult long third down plays and more on the keeping the chains moving with short makeable third down situations. The Rams’ deep passes can only happen when the run game is productive. Getting success from the ground game leads to being able to call a playaction pass which freezes opposing defenses.
The other thing that Goff has to do is avoid the dumb turnover. He’s a turnover machine when he gets hit on the strip sack. If the play isn’t there, either throw the ball out of bounds or take the sack so that the offense can live for another day. Goff must learn to play smarter as there is no reason to get up from the ground after stumbling on the snap and try to throw the ball anywhere.
The recent offensive lapses aren’t entirely Goff’s fault though. His offensive line hasn’t given him a pocket to pass from against the Detroit Lions, Bears and Eagles. The offensive line seems to be having a problem picking up the blitz. This has caused Goff to rush his throw off balance leading to poorly thrown passes or interceptions.
The failure of the Rams’ offensive line to give Goff time has led to defenses repeatedly dialing up for the blitz. Goff has two choices under those circumstances: either get rid the ball or take the sack, plain and simple. But when the Rams have upped the tempo, McVay can take advantage of the blitz since the receivers are manned up. Only one team, Chicago, has the personnel to keep the Rams receivers in check in man-to-man coverage.
This week, the Whiners don’t present the kind of problems that playoff-caliber teams like the Saints, Bears, Seahawks, Bears or Vikings do. The level of competition just isn’t the same against the Cardinals or Whiners. That’s why it’s imperative that the Rams’ offense fires on all cylinders this Sunday — not just for the win, but to make all of us diehards comfortable that things are heading in the right direction going into the playoffs.
The Rams can’t let up after last week. They need to score and score often. Put this game out of reach by the middle of the third quarter and no one in the Coliseum will have to bother looking at the scoreboard, worrying about how the Vikings are doing.