The Los Angeles Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday 39-10, improving their record to an impressive 7-0, a mark that has not been hit since the 1985 season. The Rams are continuing to prove they are the class of the NFL with another all-around team performance from both sides of the ball.
Starting on offense, the Rams were spectacular per usual. At this point, you can almost assume Todd Gurley will get a touchdown every game. Gurley has been spectacular all season long and it is almost unfair when he gets the ball. He slashed the 49ers for three touchdowns today, and 85 all-purpose yards. That kind of efficiency is unmatched in the NFL. It seems like all you have to do is give him the ball and he will somehow find a way into the endzone.
As for Jared Goff, he did what he needed to. He passed efficiently and did not turn the ball over. He was 18/24 for 202 yards and two touchdowns, the two being to Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks. That type of efficiency will continue to win football games for you.
The defense played their best game of the season as well. They had seven sacks with four turnovers for the best marks of the entire year. Aaron Donald recorded a career-high four sacks of that team total of seven, which was by far his best game of the season. John Johnson had an interception for the second straight game as well. Overall, this team played their best game of the season, but can they continue it?
The next four games are brutal for the Rams. They play the Green Bay Packers at home, go on the road to New Orleans Saints, play at home against the Seattle Seahawks, and then travel to Mexico City to take on the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs. This schedule will be very rough for the Rams obviously, but if they can get through this part of their schedule. They’re ready for the playoffs.
The Packers game should be all about the trenches. The Rams defensive line is the most important part to success in that game. Giving pressure to Aaron Rodgers will be critical to get him out of the pocket and throw on the run. The Rams have a great defensive line, but the Packers have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. They may be old, but they can still block. Making sure Rodgers does not have all day in the pocket will be critical to the Rams winning that one.
The matchup against the Saints will be an absolute shootout. Whoever gets to 35 first will win basically. Drew Brees has been miraculous again this season and he does not show signs of slowing up anytime soon. The Rams secondary is very good, but Brees can destroy any secondary. The offensive game plan will be critical for the Rams if they want to win that one.
The Seahawks may be the easiest game in this four-game stand. The Rams went into Seattle most recently and defeated the Seahawks 33-31. It was an incredible game, but the Rams cannot allow the Seahawks to pass on them this much. They applied great pressure to Russell Wilson, but Wilson went into full magician mode and made plays all over the field. If the Rams can just somewhat contain Wilson, they will win that game handily.
Lastly, the showdown in Mexico City should be the best game of the NFL season in general. Two high-power, high-flying offenses going against each other in Mexico City. The NFL really could not have asked for a better game to be in Mexico City. The Rams need to exploit the Chiefs secondary. As we have seen throughout this season, the Chiefs defense is a major Achilles heel for them. If the Rams can be slow and methodical on offense and keep the ball out of Mahommes’ hands, then they should be able to come out on top in that one.
As weird as it is to say, I have faith in the Rams in these next four games. All teams have the capability of exploding offensively at any point, which scares me as a fan. Any of them could dethrone the Rams and give them the first loss of the season. But, with the sound game plans that Sean McVay has been drawing up, the Rams will be well-prepared for these upcoming games and should be competitive in all four.