Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has revealed how he and his Los Angeles Rams teammates will be approaching their next game against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams lost to the Arizona team earlier this season, and Donald talked up the stakes of the game when speaking to reporters on Friday (via NBC Sports):
“I feel like it’s a playoff game, so that’s how we got to take it,” Donald said. “That’s the mindset and we know we got to win. We got to win.”
While the loser of the game will still keep going, Donald is right about its high stakes nature. If the Rams lose, they will most likely be relegated to a wild-card team at best. This would also put the Cardinals up three games in the standings plus the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two teams. As a result, the Rams would need to win all of their last four games to win the division. Additionally, they will need the Cardinals to lose all of their last four games.
Donald has spoken about how they plan to stop Kyler Murray and the Cardinals this time (via NBC Sports):
“We just ain’t play good, but we know what to expect,” Donald said. “We know what we got to do to try to bottle him up — not let him get out the pocket and extend plays. So we do that, we’ll be fine. We just got to find ways to get after him, make him uncomfortable, and get some hits on him this time.”
It's one thing knowing the plan and another executing that plan. Aaron Donald will hope he and his Rams teammates can achieve the latter as they seek to keep their season hopes alive against the Cardinals.