The Los Angeles Rams need to do a much better job at protecting Jared Goff during their Week 7 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
After playing at home for three of their first four games, the Los Angeles Rams will wrap up their three-game road trip in Week 7 when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in what should be a tough NFC West battle.
On paper, this may not seem like that tough of a matchup for the Rams since the 49ers only have one win to their name heading into Sunday, but this is the worst approach possible Sean McVay‘s squad could take.
All McVay needs to do is look back to last Monday when San Francisco was on the verge of knocking off the Green Bay Packers to see why Los Angeles could be in for a tougher battle than originally expected. And while there are numerous key factors to pulling off their seventh win, McVay knows near the top of the list if making sure Jared Goff receives the best protection possible.
For the most part, the offense line of Los Angeles is viewed as one of the best in the league, and rightfully so when looking at the impact the unit led by Andrew Whitworth has made dating back to last season, whether it involves protecting Goff or opening areas for Todd Gurley.
However, when seeing how Goff was sacked five times this past Sunday during their 23-20 win over the Denver Broncos, the Rams’ offensive line knows they can’t allow something like this to happen again.
Sure, the Broncos’ defense deserves plenty of credit since the unit is arguably one of the most talented in the league. But from a risk standpoint, the Rams can’t afford to put Goff in this kind of position since it would be devastating to see him take some sort of unnecessary hit that could result in some sort of injury.
Even if the case can be made that San Francisco’s defense is nowhere near the kind of threat that Denver is, this team will be motivated more than ever to hand Los Angeles their first loss of 2018, meaning Goff could be in for another afternoon of constant pressure.
When taking into consideration that Goff had only been sacked six times over the previous five games, there’s every reason to believe the Rams will be able to turn things around with the offensive line against the 49ers to provide better protection for their beloved quarterback.
If not, well let’s just say Los Angeles will be putting themselves in a tough position of possibly facing that first loss of 2018 if they fall to San Francisco.