One of the easiest ways to win in the NFL, and one of the least employed strategies, is to attack the opponent with something that they simply are not good at defending. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was simply. The Buccaneers were a top defense against the run and one of the NFL defenses that truly struggled against defending the pass. Of course, the Rams won the game.
But the LA Rams’ next opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, plays some pretty stingy pass defense. And in 2021, they are putting up a very good pass rush. Starting any NFL season with six quarterback sacks tends to do that, doesn’t it? Even NFL enthusiasts who do not follow the Cards know that Chandler Jones is having himself one helluva season.
The Cardinals’ defense is not infallible. You could say with some confidence that they struggle mightily at defending against the run. The LA Rams defense has allowed 92.7 rushing yards per game. The Cardinals’ run defense has allowed an average of nearly 141 yards per game. See where we are going with this?
Running may not be the ideal method to use this LA Rams offense. Not when the Rams have infused thoroughbred speed at wide receiver. This is an offense that is built to move fast, launching an aerial assault that puts up touchdowns from 70+ yards away in less time than many teams need just to get one offensive play going. This was an offense constructed to score instantly.
The Arizona Cardinals defense has been constructed to ground aerial offenses by attacking the quarterback relentlessly. Week 4 is shaping up as the irresistible force facing the immovable object.