The Los Angeles Rams are the 2nd staff in as a long time (and historical previous) to play the Aesthetic Bowl of their dwelling stadium. In 2021 the Buccaneers obtained to abilities the joy of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy of their rental, and the Rams are going to salvage to enact the same.
The day earlier than this day I went over why the Bengals will derive the Aesthetic Bowl, now it’s the Rams flip. There’s a sure incompatibility of their paths. Just a few completely different aspects desire to near support together for Cincinnati to derive, which makes it a chance — but inconceivable. Heck, that’s why they’re the underdog right here. The reality is, the Rams are simply in actual fact, in actual fact correct. They don’t in actual fact desire a sure arrangement of attack, or strategies to derive this matchup. It’s upright about relying on abilities of their entire roster and evaluating it to the Bengals, who’re aloof very mighty a work in growth.
So whereas Cincinnati wants everything to pass correct in report to derive, the Rams will want everything to pass unfriendly in report to lose. So let’s salvage to why Los Angeles will derive.
No. 1: Aaron Donald
You recognize how correct Aaron Donald is, all people knows how correct Aaron Donald is. There’s a motive he’s nicely on his method to being regarded as one in every of the correct defensive gamers in NFL historical previous, and it’s resulting from he’s ready to produce unreal production from the defensive kind out dwelling.
Now to now not determine the rest a long way off from Donald’s hotfoot, strength or force, but he’s furthermore a player who has in actual fact benefitted from offensive changes to the NFL. Interior linemen had been valued much less across the league as groups centered on the cross and reduced the point of interest on the bustle. Salary cap has been spent on tackles for years now, with guard changing into roughly an afterthought for quite various groups.
So, when the entire league is loading up to contend with edge rushers, they leave themselves open for an elite cross rushing defensive kind out. Instant forward and that’s fragment of the motive Donald had 12.5 sacks this season and tore groups apart.
The staff that had primarily the most success beating the Rams changed into the 49ers, with two customary season wins and a in actual fact narrow loss in the NFC Championship. Know what they’ve? A Pro Bowl guard in Laken Tomlinson, a Pro Bowl center in Alex Mack, and but every other decent interior lineman in Daniel Brunskill. Having abilities in the center is the entirely hope of shutting down Donald, and even then that you just must absorb to double him.
Know what the Bengals don’t absorb? Interior offensive line abilities. Within the Divisional Playoff round Titans’ defensive kind out Jeffrey Simmons recorded three sacks to guide the staff. This implies that unless Cincinnati has a vogue to alter, Donald is going to spend, and spend nicely in the Aesthetic Bowl.
No. 2: Lockdown corner Jalen Ramsey
So whenever you’re Joe Burrow you take into accout the very fact that Aaron Donald is going to be in your face for quite various the game. There’s now not mighty you might be ready to in actual fact enact about it, so the arrangement has to be to throw shorter routes and salvage the ball out as lickety-split as likely to mitigate the internal slip.
Now, this assuredly isn’t a convey for Cincinnati, who absorb elite wide receivers who can determine the ball up field with yards after the determine. Nonetheless, Jalen Ramsey now not entirely has the flexibility to connect up with Ja’Marr Slump and Tee Higgins, however the physicality to now not salvage got rid of the motorway of scrimmage. Add in the flexibility to jump routes and fabricate plays on the ball from a QB who is desperately making an strive to now not salvage pushed into the dirt, and there’s a grand chance Ramsey can derive his matchup and dominate from the exterior.
No. 3: The Stafford/Kupp connection
The Rams are a in actual fact completely different staff from their final Aesthetic Bowl look, but no recount is this extra pronounced that quarterback. Los Angeles realized Jared Goff wasn’t going in command to verify them to the ideal level, and saw the aptitude of getting Matthew Stafford to have that characteristic.
I attach this changed into aloof a mutually functional alternate for all facets, but there’s no question that Stafford has transform on of the ideal incompatibility makers in the NFL this season. He’s taken the Rams from being very correct, and connect them in the Aesthetic Bowl. No person singularly has benefitted better than Cooper Kupp.
Kupp went from being an honest receiver to the correct in the NFL without mighty anticipate. He and Stafford are upright in sync whether it’s on deep passes that showcase Stafford’s spacious arm abilities, or rifling it in where Kupp cap make a choice apart zone defenses and trot for 15-20 yards without mighty convey.
Los Angeles led the NFL in completions over 40 yards (18) and were third in completions of 20 yards or extra (65). Know what staff happened to quit 65 completions of 20+ yards? The Bengals.
No. 4: Unparalleled starvation
To convey that a staff “wants it extra” is roughly boring, I know. All people wants to derive a Aesthetic Bowl in the NFL, so this isn’t a ask force or desire. Nonetheless, there’s no question that quite various the Rams’ gamers know their window is closing, so there’s a sense of urgency to their game that the Bengals will lack.
A pair of of the gamers experienced the inability of being beaten by the Patriots, others recently arrived in Los Angeles for one final bustle — this might possibly be the final, and ideal opportunity for Stafford to derive a hoop. That adds up to quite various strain, but furthermore loads of gas to fireplace them forward.
Within the interim the Bengals, they upright don’t absorb that. They’re a young, hungry underdog with an immensely vivid future, but now not necessarily the same “absorb to derive correct now” force. Right here’s a double edged sword that can well result in the Rams playing a minute bit tight, but extra likely it’ll mean they’re laser centered and ready to derive.