Tomorrow, week 2 of the 2013 season will be played out. A lot of people might say a week 2 win or loss is not really that important. I think this game is extremely important for the Rams. The #15 ranked Rams are obviously the under dog against a very talented and 4th ranked Atlantc Falcons. The Falcons lost their season opener last week against the Saints and are said to be a team that simply isn’t gelling yet. They are expected to extract revenge on the Rams for last week’s loss. Now, this is just the kind of game the Rams need to rise to. Will the Rams show the world they are no longer the weakest link in the NFC West or will they continue to be the team with high hopes that will take another year to get things right?
I bellieve the Falcons are not gellin or jivin or whatever. Their offensive line has undergone changes since last year and I think our very tough Rams d-line can cause them some serious problems. Getting presure on your opponents QB is always important and it will be no differnet against Matt Ryan tomorrow. I think if the Rams can execute in the following areas, we can surprise the Falcons and leave Atlanta with a win:
1 First contact tackling – the Rams had a tough time in the preseason with not allowing yards gained after first contact. We are going up against battering Ram and old friend Steven Jackson. There will be plenty of nostalgia going on pre-game, but during the game that crap has got to stop. Jackson cannot be allowed to gain large chunks of yards.
2 The Rams offensive line has to continue to protact QB Sam Bradford. They did a great job last week against the Cardinals and have to step it up a notch to hold off the Falcons.
3 The Rams’ young skill players have to make big plays. TE Jared Cook had a monster game last week (despite having a brain fart and turning over the ball on an almost guarenteed TD catch and run). The Rams brought him on for that very reason. Monster games. With his athleticism, size, and skills we expect nothing less from him this week. The Rams running team has got to find it mojo. As a squad they picked up a total of 67 yards last week and I’m not sure that will be good enough against this much better opponent.
4 Like I said previously, we have got to get a lot of pressure on Atlanta QB Ryan. Robert Quin picked up 3 sacks last week and is in the zone. We need other linemen (like Michael Brockers for example) to throw his name in the ring this week. The Falcons want to extract revenge; well the Rams need to throw down a parade of pride that lands a lot of Falcon o-linemen right on their butts.
5 Our defensive secondary also needs to start gellin. The CBs and safeties gave up a lot of yards in the middle of the field last week. Our defensive coaches need to pick up the Falcons offensive schemes quickly and put our guys in the right place on the field to win. Of course our guys have to play smart and execute.
If the Rams can do these things they will have a great shot at pulling off an upset and we will be 2 steps up on having the kind of season we are dreaming about. Go Rams!!!