4 keys to LA Rams win over Seattle Seahawks in Week 5

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Key III: Get the football to WR Van Jefferson first

The Rams have a hot receiver, and shock-and-surprise it’s not Cooper Kupp. In a surprising Week 4 performance, second-year wide receiver Van Jefferson had himself one helluva game. Ultimately, Van Jefferson caught all six passes thrown his way for 90 yards and a touchdown. That, it turns out, is a career-best.

He has more in him. In the past two games, he has caught 10 of 12 passes thrown his way for 132 yards and a touchdown. And at less than half of the targets as teammate Cooper Kupp, he nearly has as many 20+ yard plays.

And who can forget Jefferson’s 67-yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the home opener?

Strike while the iron is hot. Right now, Jefferson is making the plays, so why not make him an early target in the passing game and give the Seattle Seahawks defense one more receiver to worry about?

Speaking of the Seahawks’ pass defense, they are ranked 28th in the NFL at pass defense. That means they will try to guess at the receiver the Rams are throwing to, and will likely follow the Arizona Cardinals’ example and defend Cooper Kupp. That should free up Van Jefferson to pile up some yards early in the game. Then, after the defense tries to respond with their coverages, Stafford can air it out to Cooper Kupp or some other receiver.