Rams lack National Football League playoff experience but not confidence

Lynette Rowe
January 7, 2018

Atlanta has won three of four and six of its last eight heading into Saturday's wild-card game at the Los Angeles Rams (11-5).

Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards as Atlanta's offence chewed up the clock and field position. Los Angeles took one on the chin last weekend to finish off the regular season but most of their significant pieces were inactive in a meaningless game for them and with a full week to prepare for the Falcons it'll be exciting to see what the Rams can do against a Falcons side who has struggled at times this season but has been playing for their playoff lives for the last few weeks and will be coming in with a ton of confidence.

Just imagine how much this team improved in the first year under McVay and imagine how much improvement is still to be made between Year 1 and Year 2.

Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, despite being under pressure and sacked three times.

While McVay transformed the offense, Phillips got the most out of a team that allowed 20.6 points per game this season, down from 24.6 previous year. Sanu had four catches for 75 yards, highlighted by the 52-yarder. Minnesota is 13-3, but are you going to trust a playoff team with quarterback Case Keenum, who couldn't cut it in his first four National Football League seasons with Houston or the Rams?

Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams. After Bryant's second field goal later in the quarter, Cooper got stripped by Damontae Kazee during a kickoff return at the Rams 32, and the Falcons drove for Freeman's short TD run. Atlanta took over once again in Rams territory, on the 32-yard line.

More news: Trump threatens to cut USA aid to Palestinians

The Falcons defense ranks eighth in points allowed at 19.7 points per game, meaning the Rams' high-scoring attack could be faced with a challenge.

Freeman rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries and had the lone rushing touchdown.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is on quite a run. The Falcons may win the game straight up. He was 4-for-4 on Saturday night against the Rams and went 5-for-5 against the Panthers in Week 17. He certainly faced some pressure kicks at Penn State, but for a guy who hasn't made a field goal longer than 23 yards in the National Football League, there's plenty of uncertainty.

Wade Phillips, the well-traveled but long successful defensive coordinator for the Rams, said of the Falcons earlier this week: "They've kind of hit their stride here at the end of the year, as far as their offense goes".

Phillips is quick to direct much of that credit to Aaron Donald, the Rams' line-destroying defensive tackle and one of the game's best players.

The best of that news probably came Friday, when the Rams released their official Wild Card Game injury report and only one player's name was listed on it. You can recap all the action below.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article