The Rams are fresh off of taking down two of the best quarterbacks in the league today. Their defense has stepped up big time, and there’s no secret they are loaded with weapons on the offensive side. They’ll look to even up the score with San Francisco as the last time they faced each other, the Rams disappointing. The 49ers will look to spoil LA’s attempt to remain in first.
To avoid any chance of that happening we’ve broken down three keys for the Rams that could lead to another division win and remain undefeated at Sofi.
3. Exploit the Injuries
The last time these two teams matched up, it did not end well for the Rams. A big problem was tight end George Kittle who had 7 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. The team will also be without Jimmy G and will instead face his backup Nick Mullens. Mullens has thrown 6 interceptions in 6 games this year and will be going up against the Rams pass defense which has tormented opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks.
— Schillers_Sports_Talk (@SchillersT) October 19, 2020
However, the 49ers still have rookie Brandon Aiyuk and could see the return of Deebo Samuel as well as Raheem Mostert. The loss of both Garoppolo and Kittle may be too much as they have been handed 3 straight losses.
2. Fill the hole left by Micah Kiser
Inside linebacker Micah Kiser landed on the injured reserve this week after suffering a knee injury against the Buccaneers. Kiser leads the Rams with 77 tackles this season and his absence will be a big blow to their defense. Backup Troy Reeder will step in to fill the hole left behind.
#LARams transaction: we've placed Micah Kiser on IR.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 26, 2020
In Reeder’s lone start this season, he had three sacks against the Washington Football Team. San Francisco will no doubt try to test Reeder and the rest of the linebacker corps once again.
1. Jared Goff has a clean game
Goff has played much better since coming off of the team’s bye week. However, it hasn’t come without his occasional hiccups such as the two interceptions he had on Monday night. Which version of Goff shows up will play a huge role in the outcome of this game.
Jared Goff finds JPP on the screen! 😅pic.twitter.com/yvOHlgvVNU
— PFF (@PFF) November 24, 2020
In their last matchup against San Fran, Goff threw for 198 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. That kind of production won’t be enough, even against a depleted 49ers team. San Francisco will no doubt play the Rams tough once again, so limiting their chances will go a long way.
San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, November 29th, @ 1:05 PM on FOX