Ravens vs. Rams: 3 players to watch for both teams
Players to watch for the Rams:
1. Aaron Donald:
Aaron Donald has the ability to rush the passer and to blow up plays in the backfield. Donald can line up anywhere on the defensive line and he is a match up nightmare against offensive tackles, guards and centers. Donald is coming off an impressive performance against the Chicago Bears where he had four tackles and two sacks. He has had at least one sack in five straight games. The Rams have a good defensive front. If Donald eats in this game, he is only going to be giving more opportunities for a player like Dante Fowler Jr.
The offensive line is the key to the Ravens winning this game. If the Ravens have a typical day at the office and they rush for over 200 yards, the Rams have no shot at winning this game. If the Rams defense can manage to slow the Ravens down and have their defensive front be disruptive, the Rams have a chance to show the NFL how to deal with the Ravens.
2. Cooper Kupp:
The Rams most successful receiver is Cooper Kupp. Kupp has caught 61 passes for 845 yards and five of Jared Goff’s 11 touchdowns. When you watch a Rams game the commentators tend to drill in the point that the offense goes as Todd Gurley goes. That’s true to an extent because the Rams need to base everything off the run game. That being said, Kupp is what makes everything operate smoothly in this offense. The Rams worst losses seem to come when Kupp isn’t very involved. In the Rams’ loss to the Steelers, Kupp has no receptions. When the San Francisco 49ers beat the Rams 20-7, he had four grabs for 17 yards. The Ravens have to limit Kupp.
3. Gerald Everett:
Gerald Everett is a tight end who can have some big games. The 6’3″ tight end has had three games where he caught five or more passes. The peak of his season was the game against Seattle where he had seven receptions for 136 yards. The Ravens have to feel confident that their cornerbacks will match up well against the Rams’ receivers; yet the tight end could provide the biggest challenge for the Ravens defense.