Los Angeles Rams: 3 Keys to Victory in Week 9 vs. Saints


Protect Goff

The Rams have done a great job keeping Jared Goff off of his back this season. Recently though, the Rams have fell back down to earth, allowing a few sacks here and there.

Through the first five weeks, the Rams allowed just five sacks on Goff. In the last three games, they’ve allowed 11 sacks, leaving an area of improvement for the Rams going forward.

Of course Goff has been the cause of some of these sacks, but most of them have been due to the pass protection crumbling.

The Saints pass rush will likely be worsened with the injury to Marcus Davenport. Davenport has accounted for four sacks this season for New Orleans.

He will miss a few weeks with a toe injury. You still have Cameron Jordan to worry about though if you’re the Rams offensive line.

The Rams offense got off to a slow start against the Packers, due to the instant pressure on Goff. Goff was sacked three times on third downs in the first half, forcing them to punt all three times.

McVay and company made adjustments though, allowing just two sacks in the second half. They’ll want to get off to a better start this week, especially facing a high-octane offense in the Saints.

If the Rams hope to beat a tough team like the Saints, they must give time for Goff to pick apart a Saints secondary who has been susceptible to the pass this season.