Key II: Use more of RB Sony Michel’s north-south running style
I love the fact that Darrell Henderson is showing a bit of toughness and resolve by playing through injuries and picking up blitzes. But this game just feels like it was meant for Sony Michel. Michel is more of a physical runner, and he is still working out his timing with the LA Rams offensive line.
This game is an ideal time to work through those issues.
Henderson’s workload per game so far has been between 13 and 17 carries per game. So far, he is averaging nearly 5.0 yards-per-carry thanks to a productive game against the Arizona Cardinals. That’s pretty impressive, particularly so in a season when the Rams have yet to chalk up 100 yards by one player in one game.
Henderson can do it. That is why it’s more important for Michel to be the one the Rams feature in this one.
The LA Rams should avoid being predictable on offense. Right now, they have two running backs lining up behind Matthew Stafford, and one of those rushers needs to have his workload managed to stay below a certain snap count/carries per game.
Michel needs the work. He’s been with the team since Week 1 but has yet to have a truly dominating performance. The Giants’ run defense is questionable at best, and Michel has the strength and determined style of running that would give the Giants a host of problems.
There is no way that the Giants enter this game focused upon stopping the run. So hit ’em where they ain’t. Run the ball down their throats. The Giants will understand that message, and respect it.