The LA Rams travel to take on their NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers on prime time. That’s right, the LA Rams are back on national television, this time featured on Monday Night Football. Despite all of the Rams roster moves over the past two weeks, Week 10 is not a sure thing whatsoever.
Whenever the LA Rams face the 49ers, you can toss the records out the window. The Rams could enter this game at 9-0 and the 49ers could arrive at 0-9, and this would still be a game filled with concerns and worries. The 49ers play the Rams tough, but perhaps never as tough as the past two seasons as they have chalked up a four-game winning streak.
While this rivalry has heated up at times, there is a healthy amount of respect for these two rather familiar foes. The LA Rams have climbed to 7-2, and have lost to the two best teams in the NFL: The Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers face the LA Rams with a 3-5 record, with wins coming against the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Chicago Bears. Those teams have an aggregate 6-20 record.
Toss the records, this is 49ers week
But let’s revisit that word of caution. Toss the records out the window. The 49ers step up whenever they face the Rams. And we’ve witnessed occasions where the Rams will when they must play the 49ers (see 2020 results). You can bet that All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald will be all set for this one. Curiously, the 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk had plenty to say about the LA Rams, particularly Aaron Donald.
The conversation with Juszczyk starts at 31:15 but the real football talk begins at 33:00. Juszczyk talks about the 49ers struggling, but they are all going right back to work for their Week 10 matchup. Juszczyk talks about how the 49ers can defeat the LA Rams and that will turn the season around very quickly for the 49ers in 2021.
He may not be far off. If the 49ers beat the Rams, they climb to a 4-5 record and only face three teams the rest of the way with winning records: Cincinnatti Bengals, Tennessee Titans, and a season finale with the LA Rams.
At 39:00, Juszczyk talks about Aaron Donald and states that Donald is the toughest player he has ever faced. He admits that the 49ers’ offense must know where Donald lines up on every play. In fact, he also admits that the 49ers’ offensive game plan is modified to adjust to where Donald lines up and goes on to claim that they are not the only team in the NFL that does so.
The question now is, how can that offense handle Leonard Floyd, Von Miller, and Aaron Donald coming at them simultaneously?