The Detroit Lions welcome the latest version of the Largest Show on Turf & # 39; to Ford Field today, as the high-octane Los Angeles Rams looks to improve 11-1 and grab the NFC West with a victory over the Lions.
At 4-7, the Lions hopelessly need a victory to keep their hopes for a place of place.
Here's what you're looking for in today's game:
The Rams averaged 35.4 points per game, the largest part in the NFL. On the way they crawl up 448.6 yards per game, which is the second most. There is no weakness on that side of the ball for the Rams.
It puts a lot of pressure on the Detroit's offense to try and keep up. Detroit's defense obviously has to do a good job by limiting Los Angeles's crime as best they can, but Detroit must point out some points – probably a few points – if they plan to win. Detroit's average is only 21.6 points per game, and has won more than 30 points just this season (32 in Miami).
The good news for from Leon is this is not a defense of the Rams. They have talented players on that side of the ball, of course, but they rank 20 in points allowed (25.6) and 20th in total defense (372.5).
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a MVP caliber season. He leads the NFL with 14.5 bags, and also exploded in 38 treaties and three expelled. He is ready and fast, and that's tried to be a deadly combination over his career. The Rams will move him and the same defensive attack Ndamukong Suh around slightly based outbuildings that they like.
Laoons always have to know where Donald is aligned, and has an appropriate plan of attack for him. He can certainly destroy a game, if the Lions allow it.
PRIORITIES NO. 1
The Rams can tap the ball around in the past game with the best of them, but it's the run game that was the priority of No. 1 for head coach Matt Patricia and some of the Lao defender who spoke to the media this week.
Rams returns Todd Gurley is second in the NFL at a speed (1,043 yards), and leads the league with 13 touchdown races. His 29 races of 10-plus yards are second only to 31st by Ezekiel Elliott. The Rams are the best five in the league in speed (second) and passing (fifth), a fairly rare feat.
The security of Lions Glover Quin has said this week that contains Gurley and the run game is the first priority in the hopes to limit a game of games that are the best in the NFL.
ALL SENDS TIME
Lions beginning running back Kerry Johnson do not play today, which means we'll probably see many veterans LeGarrette Blount. He hastened 19 times for 88 yards with two touchdowns against a very good Chicago Defense on Thanksgiving.
The Rams allows 119.9 yards per game on the ground that is ranked 19th. A good way to keep the ball out of the hands of Gurley, Rams quarterback Jared Goff and the rest of the offensive weapons of Los Angeles is for lions to run the ball effectively, stay ahead of the sticks and work the time of possession in their favor.
ALL EYES IN STAFFORD
The 17 touchdowns of Matthew Stafford this season rank 16th between districts, linked to Baker Mayfield and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who both did not play 10 games this season. Stafford's 11th play.
The 10 Stafford interceptions are linked for the eighth most in the NFL. His 90.8-passper ranks 23st.
This needs to be a rewarding game for Stafford by losing this two interception, no touchdown performance on Thanksgiving in the loss to the Bears. If the Liones hang with the high-pointed Rams, Stafford needs to play well with one of those signing Stafford presentations we have seen from him in the past.