Week 2 keys to LA Rams victory over the Indianapolis Colts
II – Rams pass rush must rattle Colts Carson Wentz
The Seattle Seahawks defense succeeded in sacking Colts quarterback Carson Wentz three times. The LA Rams must do at least as well getting to him in this one. The secret to the Seahawks’ success was their rotation of defensive ends, all of whom were very effective at using fresh legs and limited snaps to run down Carson Wentz.
Wentz can be an effective quarterback in the NFL if he gets comfortable in the pocket. He can run with the ball, rushing four times for 23 yards against the Seahawks. He can also pass the ball effectively, and he can throw a tight spiral deep ball if he has the time. The Rams defense cannot allow him to get that amount of time.
Of course, the key to the LA Rams pass rush will rest upon All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald and teammate outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. When the Rams faced then Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, they never did bring him to the ground, but they did harass him enough to force two interceptions. Pressuring Wentz oftentimes leads to good results for the defense.
The Colts fell behind quickly in Week 1, forcing them to abandon their modestly successful running game and entrust the outcome to the passing ability of quarterback Carson Wentz. While he was unable to mount a comeback, he had enough success to enter Week 2 believing that he is capable of doing so. The Rams must shake his confidence, terrorize him in the pocket, and make this one a very long afternoon.