Ram’ Ndamukong Suh says LA focusing on slowing down ‘elite’ Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram
The Los Angeles Rams will have a tall task once again this weekend as they’re set to face off against one of the best running teams in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints have a potent one-two punch with running backs, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Despite giving up two rushing touchdowns in the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys, Ndamukong Suh and company were able to keep the ground game relatively in check.
The Cowboys rushed for only 50 yards, and the Rams hope to have similar success against the Saints with Suh claiming the team’s focus will be containing New Orleans’ two-headed monster in the backfield, via Turf Show Times.
”Yes. I look at (Cowboys RB) Ezekiel (Elliott) as a guy that’s really downhill, but has the versatility to get outside. And it’s really one back we got to worry about when we played against Dallas. Going against New Orleans, we got two backs that have the ability to go downhill and go outside. (Saints RB Alvin) Kamara primarily goes outside, even though he primarily runs between the tackles. Watching the Philly game on Sunday, he pressed the ‘C’ gap really hard and got some big plays. (Saints RB Mark) Ingram’s (II) a tough runner, so he comes downhill full steam. But they put him in space as well and he makes plays. So, two elite guys that we have to respect and know where they are at all times.”
In the win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week, New Orleans failed to reach the end zone with the ground game, but Kamara and Ingram still packed a punch with 124 combined rushing yards. They’ll try to be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC Championship Game to open up the passing attack for superstar quarterback Drew Brees.
The Rams are the underdogs heading into this matchup on the road in what could be the best matchup of the weekend in the NFL. Both teams have high-powered offenses with formidable defenses, and now a trip to the Super Bowl in Atlanta is on the line.