LA Rams face a sack-shy quarterback in Week 7

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The Rams have been rather effective about getting to the quarterback this season. In just six games, the LA Rams have racked up 18 quarterback sacks, and show no signs of letting up. That dices up nicely to three sacks per game. There is no way that Jared Goff, a quarterback who hates to be taken down with the football in his hands, does not know that statistic by heart.

Making matters worse, the LA Rams are a rather opportunistic defense as well. The Rams have allowed six touchdown passes, but have intercepted the ball eight times. Only the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints have more picks than TDs.  The Rams have a little extra incentive. Even as pressure has built upon Goff to deliver the Lions their first win, the same type of pressure has been building upon the Rams defense to deliver a dominant performance.

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Facing the Lions’ 28th-ranked scoring offense gives the Rams confidence that they have a chance to deliver this week. When it comes to moving the football? The Lions are not much better, as they have the 27th-ranked offense in terms of yards per game. Making matters worse, the LA Rams defense knows all of Jared Goff’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

In short, look for the Rams to send A-gap blitzes at a season-high rate in this one.

Oh, and don’t forget the presence of All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. He is at 3.5 quarterback sacks in just six games, but he could do better in this one. Despite their close bonds of friendship, you know that Donald is itching to get a sack on Goff. He may get more than one in this one. After all, the Rams offense should be able to put up points. That means that the Lions will be forced to pass in an effort to catch up.

The Rams could get 5+ quarterback sacks in this one.