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Week 11 Preview – Rams v Falcons

The Rams return home to try to return their record to .500 against a most unwelcome guest, the Atlanta Falcons, who are the best team the Rams have played this season.  They sport a talented and stacked offense against the Rams team that just gave up tons of yards to a lesser offense in San Francisco.


Georgia, some of Alabama and some of South Carolina will get the game and only those people who are on the Missouri and Illinois border around the Mississippi River up and down the Missouri border will get the game.  Check out the map for any changes.

What to Watch For

  • Roddy White – Falcons have one of the best receivers in the NFL, who has torn up defense after defense with the long ball and even shorter routes.  How the Rams deal with him in their struggling secondary will have a lot to do with how the Rams defense as a whole plays.
  • Tony Gonzalez – The Rams have had trouble in the past with tight ends and this one is a doozy.  Gonzalez is a sure fire hall of famer and with Matt Ryan pulling the trigger, is always a weapon in the middle of the field.  The Rams better find one or two people to cover Tony at all times.
  • Rams Offensive Line –  The Rams offensive line struggled against the bigger defensive line of San Francisco and although the Falcons do not have a defensive front seven of that caliber, they do have an elite pass rusher in John Abraham.  If Rodger Saffold does not play and he lines up over Renardo Foster, the Rams most assuredly will have to give him help.
  • Rams Defensive Line – As the Rams defensive line goes, so does the Rams defense.  But, a bright spot for the Rams d-line is that they will not have to face a mobile quarterback.  Matt Ryan has pocket awareness, but is much more statuesque than the last two QBs they lost to in Troy Smith and Josh Freeman.  Chris Long and company will be able to rush to a spot in the backfield and be able to bring down Ryan on the first hit.  The defensive line will have to be the first defense against any deep throws by Ryan to Roddy White.
  • Big Plays –  Big plays and bigger penalties killed the Rams defense against San Francisco.  The bad news is that the Atlanta offense is considerably better than the San Francisco offense.  It will be up to the defense to keep their concentration level high so that they can prevent the big plays from coming back for another week.  The Rams will have to turn the big plays on its head and make a few big plays of their own with turnovers to win this week.
  • Home Cooking – The Rams have at time struggled away from home, but they also have had success.  Their 4 wins have all been at home, including an upset victory over the San Diego Chargers.  The Rams “home” version of the team will have to show up to have any chance against one of the best teams in the NFC.  The crowd will have to will on the defense and force the Falcons to scramble.

Go Rams!

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