Rams vs. Titans: Who has the edge?
By Rich Hammond
RAMS (10-4) at TITANS (8-6)
When: Sunday, 10 a.m.
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Line: Rams by 6.5
TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 93.1-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish)
RAMS OFFENSE vs. TITANS DEFENSE
Rams coach Sean McVay faced some criticism in recent weeks for not giving the ball enough to running back Todd Gurley, but the Rams might want to pass this week, particularly since early forcecasts for snow in Nashville have been changed to clear skies. The Titans have allowed opponents to rush for an average of 3.5 yards per carry this season and have allowed a league-low five rushing touchdowns. Last month, the Titans held Le’Veon Bell to 46 yards on 12 carries, but in the same game. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for four touchdowns and the Steelers won 40-17. Last week, San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 381 yards. This could be a big day for the Rams’ Jared Goff. EDGE: RAMS
TITANS OFFENSE vs. RAMS DEFENSE
The Titans found some success last Sunday against San Francisco when they went to a no-huddle attack, but now the Rams likely will anticipate it. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 draft, has been playing through a knee sprain that has limited his ability to run the ball, but Mariota had one of his better passing days last week, as he threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Rams would be thrilled to duplicate their defensive effort from last week, when they made things miserable for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and held Seattle to 149 total yards. The Rams will need to slow Titans running backs Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray. EDGE: RAMS
It’s a matchup of the two Pro Bowl punters, the Rams’ Johnny Hekker and the Titans’ Brett Kern, who has averaged 51.6 yards per attempt this season. The […]