Key III: Contain New York Giants Daniel Jones
Okay, the LA Rams were able to sack Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray three times, but the defense was unable to contain him. What do I mean by that confusing statement? Simply put, it’s more important for the Rams defense to neutralize Giants’ quarterback Jones’ ability to run with the ball.
That means that they must stay in their lanes, eliminate any large running lanes that could allow Jones to escape, and eventually count on the pass rush to get to him. Jones is currently the Giant’s leading rusher, averaging 40 yards per game.
Their next best running back has just 64 rushing yards this season.
Like it or not, the Giants’ offense will be all about Daniel Jones in this one. That simplifies the defensive game plan on one hand. After all, if you know that Jones will run and pass for the Giants, the Rams can dedicate Kenny Young or some other player to spy on the quarterback all game.
It also means that the Rams should be prepared to face 30+ passes in this game. That will likely be more than their 60 percent passing so far this season. That will place a lot of pressure on a secondary already short of starting defensive back Darious Williams. Hopefully, the defense will benefit from the best games of the season from David Long Jr. and Robert Rochell.
You just know that quarterback Daniel Jones is eager to test the Rams’ new secondary configuration.