Week 15 – New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams – TBD
In 2018, the Los Angeles Rams were the talk of the NFL, steamrolling their competition en route to the Super Bowl. In 2019, it was a much different story.
Los Angeles did go 9-7, but after a 13-3 finish the year before, this team was expected to get back to the Super Bowl. With the level of competition in the NFC in 2019, 9-7 wasn’t even good enough to secure a playoff spot.
A big reason for their inconsistent play was due to a lack of running game. Over the last couple of years, Todd Gurley was one of the most feared runners in the NFL. A knee injury late in 2018, had a lasting effect in 2019. Gurley finished with 727 total yards less than 2018 and seven fewer touchdowns. The offense was set squarely on Jared Goff‘s shoulders, where he, at times, caved to the pressure.
This led to some major changes for 2020. L.A. released Gurley from his contract. Anlong with him, Rams fans saw Clay Matthews, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Cory Littleton, and Dante Fowler all exit. The Rams also traded Brandin Cooks to Houston for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick. They did add Leonard Floyd to the mix and then used their two 2nd round picks to select Gurley and Cooks’ replacements. They took running back, Cam Akers and wide receiver, Van Jefferson.
Although there are many new faces, the Jets will still have their hands full with the Rams. In an inconsistent year and a tough division, they still finished with a respectable 9-7 record. On that defensive front is Aaron Donald, who is a game-wrecker. The Jets have seen many elite talents take over games against their front five. Even with a remade offensive line, it is still a big ask to slow the former DPOY down.