The LA Rams are pushing their current roster to the limit right now. After a convincing win over their NFC West Division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams must now face a second NFC West Division rival in the San Francisco 49ers. While everyone is looking for the LA Rams to lose this one, a victory for the Rams would go a very long way to their ultimate chances of appearing in the NFL Playoffs.
You see, one of the first tiebreakers in any NFL Divsion standings is the divisional record. A victory today would give the LA Rams a 2-0 record in the NFC West, and effectively give the team a two game advantage over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, and the San Francisco 49ers.
But if the 49ers win, the reverse is true.
Rams get great news for Week 2
The LA Rams will need as many top stars on the roster suited up and competing today. Thankfully, there is good news. NFL Insider Jordan Schultz shares the latest NFL rumors suggesting that Rams starting inside linebacker Ernest Jones will suit up and play in Week 2.
Jones was afflicted with an illness earlier in the week, and his availability for Week 2 was questionable:
Jones is a huge pat of good news for the LA Rams and the run defense, You see, he is the guy who plugs the holes and stops the running back in the middles of the running lane before that rusher can find daylight.
He managed to get three tackles for a loss to weigh down the Seattle Seahawks running game last week, allowing just 18 runs for a total of 85 yards and no rushing touchdowns. While that averages 4.7 yards per carry, the LA Rams actually outgained the Seahawks on the ground, getting 92 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns.
The Rams have to know that they will see a healthy does of San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey in Week 2, and the plan to stop him relies heavily upon Ernest Jones plugging the holes.
Let's hope that Jones is up to the task