NFL Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

NFL Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

Second-year quarterback Jared Goff said the team has played in plenty of big games this season and this Saturday's National Football League playoff wild card round game against the Atlanta Falcons will be another big contest. Thankfully for the Dirty Birds, their defense has shown this year they can play against strong offenses.

RB and MVP candidate Todd Gurley leads the offense. Had Gurley not sat out the final game, the title would have been his. They are going to need those capabilities if they expect to keep pace with the Rams on Saturday night.

The health of Julio Jones might play the biggest factor in whether Ryan can put up similar numbers in these playoffs, as the wide receiver comes into the game nursing an injured left thumb. If they can force Goff to throw to the sides of the field to Cooper Kupp or Sammy Watkins, they can keep the Rams out of their comfort zone and thus potentially out of the end zone.

Since the Rams move to Los Angeles they have been playing "temporarily" at the LA Coliseum. He also ended the year with a career-best 64 catches for 788 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in 15 games played. Atlanta has a tendency of leaving receivers open, and if they spend all their time anxious about containing the run, that will surely happen even more. They have made 18 interceptions this year, and Matt Ryan has had trouble keeping the ball out of opponents hands all season. Unlike past Rams teams, they finished 28 against the rush and 13 against the pass.

According to the report, attendance at Rams games during the 2017 season was down approximately 25 percent from 2016.



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