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    PFF stats show Rams have one of the best defenses in NFL

    By Cameron DaSilva | 14 hours ago

    Coming into this season, there were far greater concerns with the Los Angeles Rams defense than there were with the offense. With Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and a trio of dependable wide receivers, the offense looked like it’d be just as good as the 2018 unit – if not better.

    That hasn’t necessarily been the case, but fortunately, the defense has really elevated its play. Despite all the changes made on that side of the ball, the Rams defense has been one of the best in the NFL this season.

    It helps when you have stars such as Aaron Donald, Eric Weddle and Jalen Ramsey, who just arrived a few weeks ago, but the role players are stepping up, too. Marqui Christian has played extremely well, as has Taylor Rapp in place of John Johnson. The same can be said for Troy Hill, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Sebastian Joseph-Day.

    According to Pro Football Focus, the Rams rank among the NFL’s best in just about every major category. Here are their overall team grades in four key statistics, via the Rams’ official site.

    Defense: 82.9, 5th
    Run defense: 80.5, 7th
    Pass rush: 82.9, 3rd
    Coverage: 76.9, 7th

    Just based on those four stats, it’s easy to see how good this defense has been in 2019. Dante Fowler Jr.’s emergence at outside linebacker has helped the pass rush immensely, as has Ramsey’s arrival in terms of coverage.

    The Rams can still get better defending the run, but it’s hard to argue with allowing the third-fewest yards per carry in the NFL. Michael Brockers has played a big part in that, not just Donald and Cory Littleton.

    It’s reasonable to expect the defense to continue improving as new starters such as Hill, Ramsey and Rapp continue to get acclimated to their roles. Now, it’s up to the offense to improve.

  • #2
    Pretty amazing considering the debacle against tampa bay

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    • #3
      Originally posted by general counsel View Post
      Pretty amazing considering the debacle against tampa bay

      ramming speed to all

      general counsel
      Yah but that was more an offensive debacle in the end--yes the Rams came back like gang busters when it was too little too late... and yes the defense allowed points, but when your offense puts your defense in those positions, it doesn't help

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      • #4
        I hear you Dragoon, but with all due respect, when you give up 55 points, that is a defensive debacle. We got no pass rush all game, and got torched over and over and over. The defense put the offensive in an enormous hole. From my perspective, you should win 100 percent of the games in which you score 40 plus points.

        ramming speed to all

        general counsel

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        • #5
          PFF stats show Rams have one of the best defenses in NFL

          Hmmm... No, we need to get past those stats and become a better, winning D.

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          • #6
            I trust the Rams ignore these types of articles. Everygame is a new challenge that is not effected by prior stats.
            “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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            • #7
              Impressive article and eye-opening rankings for us. Now if we can amp up the run game and fortify the O-line giving Jared and clean pocket as much as possible, we can do some damage. Not mentioned here is the recurrence of concussions for Brandon Cooks, our best downfield receiver. That would help the defense immensely by moving the chains.

              Its a great time to be a Rams fan.

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              • #8
                And yet one missed FG has flipped this season on its head. Game of inches.

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                  But first, let’s dive into defense and special teams.

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                  Relative to expectations, however, it’s also fair to say the defense underachieved.
                  The 2018 Rams were average statistically. And that was despite a historic season from the two-time reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
                  What if they delivered on their promise now? What if – in conjunction with one of the top-scoring offenses in football – the Rams defense imposed its collective will on the opposition?
                  Aaron Donald believes they can.
                  “Hundred percent,” he told me recently. “I feel like we’re in a position to be even better.”

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                  It would be a wonderful financial dilemma for L.A. to contend within 2020 if Fowler and Peters are each coming off career years as they approach the open market. There’s a reason to think that could happen.
                  Peters improved dramatically as 2018 wore on, as he did not allow a score after that first trip to New Orleans in Week 9, and per PFF, didn’t even surrender a deep completion in the second half of last season.
                  Once Fowler settled into Los Angeles, he made some of the biggest plays of the Super Bowl run, including a thunderous tackle of Ezekiel Elliott and the overtime hit on Drew Brees.
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