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Redskins vs Rams: Rams Keys to Success


It’s going to be a tough game against the Redskins on Sunday.  First, I’ll state the obvious; if we’re going to win we’ve got to establish some level of control over Robert Griffin III (I think I want to call him Bob.  Bob sounds somehow less fierce or formidable).  Let’s face it, if Bob can dismantle the NO Saints defense, what is he going to do to us?  Will our defense get more pressure on Bob than the Saints?  Probably not.  I hate to fall back on the ole wishful thinking strategy, but I’m almost there.  The Rams defensive line, minus Michael Brockers, has somehow got to step up the pressure.  Then hopefully Bob will make some mistakes (it could happen).

I’m sorry, but I have to give you more obvious facts to achieve a Rams victory.  We have got to get turnovers.  Without the 3 interceptions against the Lions, the close and competitive game everyone is talking about is a blow out.  I wrote earlier in the week that the Lions beat the Rams in every team category except two: 1) length of punts and 2) we had 3 interceptions.  Defensive points have a way of making every team competitive.

Maybe a little less obvious, another key to winning this game is some aggressive and creative play calling for the offense.  Let’s face it, our offensive line is hurting.  Even with the all our starters in the lineup they would be considered a weak link.  And we don’t have all the starters healthy.  Left Tackle Roger Saffold; out.  Center Scott Wells; out.  Backup guard Rokevious Watkins; out.  So of course there should be no 7 step passing plays called, but can we do something different with Steven Jackson?  The whole world knows he is going to be running the ball right up the middle.  Although he might beat the crap out of the first or second guy who hits him, he is not gaining very many yards.  SJ is super talented.  How about getting him some outlet screen passes?  How about getting the fullback to throw some blocks for him running around the edge?  And if the GB Packers are not too high and mighty to go for a fake field goal (got them a TD last night), then shouldn’t we be trying trick plays all night long?

Every bone in my body squirms when I say this, but we have got to get a little luck on our side.  Things have got to go our ways.  Little things need to line up in our favor.  Give us an offensive interference call against the Skins (and Bob) at a clutch moment, a turnover in our favor, or maybe a few missed assignments by the Skins.  The Rams are getting better.  Week by week we are getting a little better.  But for this game say your prayers and think happy thoughts.  This is going to be a tough season opener.

Go Rams!!!

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