LA Rams game day primer: What are Rams made of?

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LA Rams game day
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LA Rams’ game-day finds the 10-4 Seahawks hosting the 9-5 Rams in a showdown for the NFC West title. How will the Rams measure up?

The LA Rams have won some impressive games so far this season. But the same team has gone out and laid some eggs too. This is a Rams team that is very deceptive. On the football field, the Rams defense is the master of disguise and has leveraged that prestidigitation to climb to the top ranks of the NFL.

Meanwhile, the offense plays shows flashes of heroics without dependable heroes. After a three-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, tight end Tyler Higbee went virtually silent for the season until the eleventh game against the Arizona Cardinals. Suddenly, he’s scored twice in three games. He is just one of many weapons that show up big in one game, only to blend in the shadows in the next.

New faces

The LA Rams didn’t have the luxury of field goal kicker Matt Gay in the last game. As a result, the Rams were good from 23 yards for a field goal and were two out of three for extra points. Gay has a much longer range, and that could prove to be an important factor in this game. The Rams had also rested outside linebacker Terrell Lewis recently, but he will be active for this one. His two sacks and solid edge play was the perfect harmony to that of veteran OLB Leonard Floyd. The bookend edge rushers combined for five quarterback sacks and seven tackles in the last meeting.

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The Sunday afternoon weather is currently forecast to be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a daytime high projected no more than the upper 40’s. The temperature will fall quickly to the freezing point overnight and light winds will persist from the northeast in the range of up to 5 mph. The game should be ideal for early winter football.