With Clay Matthews expected back for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the veteran hopes to pick right up where he left off before suffering a broken jaw.
Back in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams drew some criticism for their decision to sign Clay Matthews, mainly because plenty of fans believed the veteran was on the decline based off his final few years with the Green Bay Packers.
At the time of the signing, linebacker was one of the needs for the Rams heading into the 2019 season, and even though Matthews would only be part of the short-term solution, this still seemed to have the potential to be an underrated move.
As Los Angeles fans would quickly find out, the addition of Matthews turned out to work wonders right away on defense, and watching him record a sack in every game before suffering a broken jaw in Week 5 was incredible to witness.
By recording six sacks in five games, the Rams were hopeful that Matthews would quickly recover, and potentially be healthy enough to return for their Week 10 meeting against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Turns out, Matthews is expected to be ready to go for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, meaning the linebacker will be in position to keep his impressive streak of games with at least one sack alive if he manages to apply the necessary pressure to Mason Rudolph.
Recording a sack in six games in a row is never easy for any defender in the NFL, and the fact that Matthews is in position to do so heading into Week 10 shows there’s still plenty of gas left in the old tank.
Since the Rams currently trail both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West standing at the moment on top of being in the No. 7 seed at the moment in the NFC, every win possible moving forward is going to be extremely important.
Even if it takes Matthews a little extra time to return to his usual level of impact, just having him back in the lineup will be huge for Los Angeles on defense.
Part of the reason Matthews was brought on board was due to the belief that he could play a key role in helping the Rams earn another trip to the Super Bowl, and as long as the linebacker remains healthy the rest of the way, it could end up happening.