Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday during Week 4.
Just look at last year for example how Donald missed all of training camp and preseason while holding out for a new contract, only to end up recording a career high 20.5 sacks while helping the Rams earn a trip to the Super Bowl in the process.
Despite Los Angeles coming up short in the big game to the New England Patriots, the motivation behind Donald and the rest of the defending NFC champions seemed like it would help the team make another run in 2019.
Through three games, the Rams still have a long way to go when it comes to proving this to be the case, but most importantly, Los Angeles currently sits at 3-0 heading into Sunday’s Week 4 battle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When looking at how these two teams compare on paper, there’s every reason to believe that Los Angeles will have little trouble coming through with the win, especially if Donald manages to apply constant pressure on Jameis Winston.
As usual, Donald continues to be the biggest critic to himself by claiming he needs to be better on defense for the Rams, but the two-time Defensive Player of the Year shouldn’t be beating himself up too much.
While some football fans haven’t been shy to point out that Donald took until Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns just to record his first sack of 2019, they also need to take into consideration all of the extra attention he receives from opponents.
Plus, if the extra attention on Donald helps pave the way for other members of the Rams to get to opposing quarterbacks, this is what really matters the most for Los Angeles.
During Sunday’s game against the 1-2 Buccaneers, Donald should be able to increase his sack total when taking into consideration that Winston has already been sacked 10 times through three games, meaning Tampa Bay’s offensive line is far from impressive.
Assuming this turns out to be the case for Donald and the Rams, it’s fair to see improving to 4-0 shouldn’t be a problem at all against Tampa Bay, and help Los Angeles feel much better heading into next week’s contest against the Seattle Seahawks.