Week 9 Preview – Know Thy Enemy: Los Angeles Rams

Titans vs Rams
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This week it is the Titans vs Rams. The wounded Titans travel to sunny Los Angeles to meet the LeBron led reeling Lakers and play at the new palatial digs that the Rams have. Is there a return trip for the road team in February in the cards? What do the numbers say about the high octane Rams offense in this Week 9 showdown? What do Titans need to know about the enemy residing in Tinseltown?

Rams Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 7-1 (1-1 NFC West)

Points scored: 245

PPG: 30.62

Points allowed: 168

PPGa: 21

Avg. yards per rush: 3.9

Average. yards per rush allowed: 4.4

Avg. rush yards per game: 104.12

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 103.37

Rushing TDs: for, 8 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 301.75

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 264.12

Passing TDs: 22 for, against

Pass Completion Rate: 68%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 67%

Leading Rusher: Darrell Henderson (110 attempts for 507 yards and five touchdowns)

Top Receiver: Cooper Kupp (63 receptions for 924 yards, 10 touchdowns)

Leading Tackler: Jordan Fuller (60 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed)

Key Additions: QB Matthew Stafford (trade), EDGE Von Miller (trade) CB Robert Rochell (rookie), LB Ernest Young (rookie), RB Sony Michel (trade)

Key Losses: QB Jared Goff (trade), RB Cam Akers (NFI), WR DeSean Jackson (waived), WR Tutu Atwell (IR), EDGE Justin Hollins (IR), LB Kenny Young (trade), TE Johnny Mundt (IR),

Titans vs Rams Series History

Rams leads the series vs Titans 8-5-0

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Ryan Tannehill

– The onus is on Tannehill to carry the offense now that superstar running back Derrick Henry is out for a significant amount of time if not the entire season. He has been under scrutiny as the point man carried by Henry by certain segments of the football loving population. It’s time to reset that narrative and lead the team to an highly unexpected victory over the high octane Rams offense. Can he do it alongside one of the best ever to run the ball?  

Team Defense

– It’s no secret that Matthew Stafford is an immense upgrade on former incumbent Jared Goff. Stafford can actually play the position without any caddying from Sean McVay. It will be up to the defense to limit the immense weaponry that the Rams have amassed like superstar Cooper Kupp, steady Robert Woods, and running backs Darrell Henderson + Sony Michel. Can a wounded secondary contain the firepower that Los Angeles possesses? 

Offensive line. Please do something

– An ongoing issue that will get heavily exposed with the newly acquired Von Miller joining forces with the indomitable Aaron Donald. Not to mention that leading sack artist Leonard Floyd awaits. Taylor Lewan is questionable and missed Friday’s practice while guard Nate Davis is out. Rodger Saffold is on track to play against his former team but has a penchant to come in and out of the game every week. It’s going to be a rather titanic task for the offensive line to keep Tannehill clean. 

Keys to a Rams Victory

Locate 58 and 48

– Tennessee’s rising star EDGE rusher Harold Landry has been rock solid this season, leading the league in pressures. Big money signing Bud Dupree is rounding into form after an expected slow start coming off an December ACL injury. Locate and contain these two forces off the edge and Stafford should have to put forth very little effort against a porous secondary. Free agent Denico Autry has been particularly impactful in spurts so some attention will need to go his way. 

Stop AJ Brown

– Brown is the lone weapon that opposing defenses have to respect now that Henry is injured and Julio Jones hobbled. The former Ole Miss receiver has been on a tear post Chipotle induced bathroom issues. Can he keep it going against one of the premier cornerbacks in the game, Jalen Ramsey? The Rams are helped by the fact that CB2 Darious Williams has returned to action after a stint on IR. Tennessee is in for a long day if they can’t get any protection for the quarterback. 

Keep on Keeping On

– The Rams are the favored team on paper and have a much healthier team than Tennessee. However, they can’t look past the Titans as they are a tough out regardless of the situation. What’s tough for the Rams is that a primetime Monday night date with fierce division rival San Francisco awaits next week. Everyone is expecting Los Angeles to walk over the road team from Nashville, it’s time for Sean McVay’s men to prove them right by blowing the Titans out of the water. 

Titans vs Chiefs Injury Report

Titans vs Rams: What are the odds?

Caesars has the Rams as seven-point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 52.5. The money line is the Rams at -350 and the Titans at +280.

BetMGM has the Rams as 7.5 point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 52.5. The money line is the Rams at -350 and the Titans at +290.

Wynnbet has the Rams as seven point favorites at -115 while the Titans are +105 dogs. The over/under has been set at 52.5. The money line is the Rams at -325 and the Titans +240.

Prediction

Tennessee 21

Los Angeles 35

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