The Los Angeles Rams will be the next team to have a chance of slowing down Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. For the Rams, this game is important in their chances of keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The Rams were able to defeat the Chicago Bears in Week 11 on Sunday Night Football to improve to 6-4. Los Angeles won the game 17-7 in a game between two struggling offenses and two talented defenses.
In the end, the Rams’ offense was able to make enough plays to propel them past the Bears. Above all, Sean McVay made crucial adjustments along the offensive line that prevented Jared Goff from being under much pressure.
As for the Ravens, Baltimore is the hottest team in the NFL right now on both sides of the ball. Jackson is torching opposing defenses with his arm and his legs.
On the other hand, the Ravens’ defense is also playing lights out since acquiring Marcus Peters from the Rams. In no way, shape, or form is this game going to be an easy victory for Los Angeles on Monday Night Football.
With that being said, here are four reasons why the Rams will defeat the Ravens in Week 12.
4. The game is in Los Angeles
In the event that this game was in Baltimore, there’s a very good chance that we see Baltimore win with ease. However, luckily for the Rams, the game on Monday night will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
That bodes well for Goff and the offense as the quarterback doesn’t seem to fare well in colder weather. At around the time of kickoff, it will be under 40-degrees in Baltimore.
In a game that could be needed to make the postseason, the Rams being at home definitely helps their chances of winning the game.
3. McVay’s recent adjustments on the offensive line
Last week, many believed that the Rams’ decimated offensive line was going to be manhandled by Chicago’s pass rush that’s led by Khalil Mack. Instead, Goff wasn’t sacked and McVay made adjustments that we’ve yet to see from the offensive-minded coach.
First and foremost, McVay began to utilize plenty of double teams to make up for their shortcomings on the offensive line. Along with double teams, McVay also had his tight ends chip a defender on nearly every play.
As a result, Todd Gurley seemed to be rejuvenated as he touched the ball for a season-high 28 times for a season-high 133 yards from scrimmage. If there’s one area to attack this Ravens’ defense it’s their run defense that allows 4.4 yards per attempt (20th in the NFL).
2. Brandin Cooks is back in the offense
Ahead of Monday’s game, Brandin Cooks has returned to practice for the Rams and is projected to play. Cooks has missed the past two weeks due to suffering his second concussion of the season.
Without a doubt, Cooks is the most reliable deep-threat option in Los Angeles’ offense. Regardless of his production, his presence alone helps stretch the field for Goff and opens everything up for Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
Under any circumstances is it going to be easy for the Rams to throw on Baltimore’s revamped secondary. But having a wide receiver like Cooks back on the field can definitely help everyone around him.
1. The Rams defense can slow down Baltimore’s rushing attack
There’s not a single offense in the NFL who is playing as flawlessly as the Ravens have been over the past month or so. Jackson has elevated his game to another level and he is transcending the game of football.
Of everything you can try to do to slow down Baltimore’s offense, containing their rushing attack is the best chance you have of subduing them. In light of that, Los Angeles has the personnel on defense that can keep the Ravens’ running game in check.
Of course, Aaron Donald can wreck a game single-handedly with his ability to constantly find his way into the backfield. Along with Donald, the Rams’ defense has been remarkable against the run, allowing only 3.3 yards per attempt (second-fewest in the NFL).
To begin the game, Los Angeles has to make a concerted effort to prevent Mark Ingram and Jackson from getting into a rhythm. As someone who is writing about the game and not playing in it; that is easier said than done.