The Los Angeles Rams are putting together another impressive campaign that has seen them surge to the top of the league holding the best record through the first 13 games.
Much of the focus has been on their explosive offense, but there has begun to be some shifting attention over to reigning Defensive Player of the Year defensive tackle Aaron Donald putting together a career-best campaign. With that, he has shown a huge knack for making the big play at crucial points of the game over the last few weeks, which is something that he has voiced that he relishes those opportunities greatly, according to Rich Hammond L.A. Daily News.
Asked if he felt the moment was ripe for a big play, Donald said, “I’m like that every play. I want to make that big play. Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games, and that’s what we want to keep doing it. When you have a bunch of guys flying around making plays, good things happen.”
Donald put forth another big play late in the game in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions with the Rams up 16-13 as he got a pivotal strip-sack on quarterback Matthew Stafford. This quickly led to Los Angeles adding a much-needed touchdown to their lead on the ensuing possession with a rushing touchdown by star running back Todd Gurley.
It has been increasingly more difficult to not place Donald in the MVP conversation as he has continued to be a major playmaker for the Rams this year coming up big in several different spots. It hasn't just been his production with a league-best 16.5 sacks, but also the timing of his big plays. This was the case two weeks ago as well in the 54-51 win over the Kansas City Chiefs as he had a pair of sacks on quarterback Patrick Mahomes with one being a strip-sack with the game tied.
If Donald continues to perform at this high level while the Rams stay on the same path of racking up more wins, it will become difficult to not put him firmly in the MVP conversation.