How much of the Rams’ defense is predicated on turnovers? Does Rodgers’ ability to avoid interceptions tilt the No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense battle in our favor?
Rodgers’ ball security is a big part of this offense’s efficiency. It’s not so much the Rams’ takeaway total (22 in the regular season, tied for 10th), but what they do with them. Williams’ pick-six of Wilson was the Rams’ fourth on the year.
Karl from Fort Collins, CO
Shouldn’t we consider that the Rams lost six times, once to the Jets and twice to the 49ers? How many coaches will be digging through the film to see where the Rams can be attacked?
All of them, but they scouted their own film when they had rough games, too. That’s the constant give and take in this league. Buffalo scored 35, Miami 28 and Arizona 28 (with Murray) against this defense, so it can be done. Other than that, nothing more than 24 all year.
Brannon from Greenville, SC
I respectfully disagree with Mike’s statement, “I couldn’t care less about the logo stomping. It’s childish, big whoop.” Given what happened on Jan. 6, all of us need to behave more civilly. The lack of awareness shown by Ravens players on national TV just makes me sad. We need sportsmanship modeled for all today more than ever.
You have a point, but I’ve never been one to look to athletes to set an example in that regard. It would be nice, but it’s an inherently unreliable approach because the bad apples get exponentially more attention than the good ones, so I just don’t go there.
Neil from Brooklyn Center, MN
Not sure if it was asked already, but has Adams gone up against Ramsey before and what was the output/result?
A few snaps in Ramsey’s NFL debut in Jacksonville in the ’16 opener and about five plays in the Pro Bowl that Adams could recall. That’s it.
Brendan from Mount Clemens, MI
It’s not a secret that one of the things that makes Adams so effective is his ability to move around the LOS and play multiple positions. As you guys are talking with coaches and players and reviewing film yourselves, do you notice Ramsey moving around a lot with the opposing teams’ primary receiver? Should we expect to see him lined up across from Adams in the slot or wherever else? Thanks for the great info as always, gentlemen.
I think that’s the wait-and-see element of this game. Ramsey is certainly capable of traveling with anybody. As Rodgers said, the Rams also like to keep both safeties back, so they could let Ramsey match up on the perimeter but bracket Adams with a slot corner and safety when he moves inside. I really don’t know.
Paul from Johannesburg, South Africa
Given Mike’s assessment of Trubisky that the Bears must ‘”move on,” why aren’t there three rock-solid rules of life: 1) Never get involved in a land war in Asia, 2) Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line, and 3) Never trade up in the first round to take a QB? I don’t have hard data but empirically, but it seldom seems that what is gained outweighs what is given up.
The Chiefs have no regrets. It’s not about whether to trade up for a QB, it’s about making sure you’re getting the right QB.
The Rams had a pick-six on a wide receiver screen pass. The Packers like to throw that type of pass as well. Can the Packers do anything to keep the defense honest and prevent them from jumping that route?
Most of the time when the Packers throw that, it’s what they call a “run alert” or “run solution,” where Rodgers can choose between a handoff and the quick flip to the flat. Only he knows for sure which he’s doing, and he only throws it if the DBs are giving too much cushion.