Los Angeles has instantly turn out to be the focus for soccer. After UCLA and USC quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold declared for the NFL Draft, the highlight shifts to the Rams and 31-year-old wunderkind head coach Sean McVay as they host the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons in a primetime matchup Saturday evening. The Rams enter the wild-card matchup with the highest-scoring offense within the league, a title the Falcons held a season in the past. In the meantime, Atlanta is the one crew from the NFC to return to the postseason this 12 months. Listed here are the three issues to observe for:
The very best-scoring offense within the NFL additionally comes with the potential league MVP in Todd Gurley. The Falcons have the 24th-ranked run protection within the league and they are going to be tasked to cease the league-leader in speeding touchdowns (13) and second-most speeding yards (1,305) this season. Gurley can also be a menace within the passing sport, catching 64 passes for 788 yards and 6 TDs.
DOWN A LEGATRON
One of many biggest strengths the Rams had all season was their particular groups unit, however they are going to be lacking a key piece within the playoffs with kicker Greg Zuerlein (again) positioned on injured reserve two weeks in the past. He had made 95% of his subject objectives, together with six of seven from 50-plus yards. As an alternative, the Rams will go together with Sam Ficken — a 25-year-old rookie from Penn State — who missed a subject aim and additional level in his debut and could possibly be a legal responsibility for the Rams on Saturday.
TIME TO KILL
A method the Falcons can cease the Rams is by limiting how typically they’ve the ball. Atlanta might want to depend on operating backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to maneuver the chains and dominate the time of possession with the intention to maintain the Rams offense off the sphere. Going up towards an LA run protection that ranks 28th within the league makes the duty far more possible.
Falcons: No gamers have been designated an harm sport standing.
Rams: WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is DOUBTFUL.