Los Angeles Rams: 3 areas in need of improvement for Week 2 of preseason
3. Play on defense
To say the Rams’ defense played horrendous against the Ravens would be one of the biggest understatements from Week 1 of the preseason since the unit looked absolutely awful from the start, as the team was already trailing 23-0 at halftime. Obviously, the circumstances would have been much different if players like Ndamukong Suh or Aqib Talib were actually playing instead of resting, but this still shows some concerns over the backups for Los Angeles on defense.
Heading into the 2018 season, the Rams are expected to have one of the top defensive units in the league since they’re not only stacked with talent, but also Wade Phillips has a history of getting the best from his players. Based off the first preseason game, it’s clear Phillips still has plenty of work on his plate when it comes to making sure some of the younger players competing for a roster spot figure out a way to improve heading into next weekend.
The Rams are fully aware that just like the Ravens, the offense of the Raiders are going to provide them with quite the challenge on Saturday. If Los Angeles can do a better job at keeping Oakland’s offense in check for the most part, at least it will help McVay and Phillips forget about what happened against Baltimore.