PFF Preview: Rams @ Redskins, Week 14
Coming off a 52-0 drubbing of the Raiders, the St. Louis Rams head to the nation’s capital on Sunday attempting to repeat that performance against the Redskins. A longshot for the competitive NFC playoffs, the Rams will nonetheless look to build on their strong performance in recent weeks as they’re set up to play spoiler for a couple of division rivals over the remainder of the season.
Washington, meanwhile, needs to curb its current four-game losing streak. While there are issues (especially last week) in the secondary, some stability and consistent play at quarterback would do wonders for this team. Injuries have taken their toll, but the lack of depth behind starters is one of the unfortunate side effects of trading so many picks to move up and draft Robert Griffin III in 2012. The coaching staff’s willingness to bench him after just four starts this year doesn’t bode well for Griffin’s future in D.C., and whether or not it’s the right decision, it is no doubt curious. With Colt McCoy set to run the offense yet again and a complete tour of the NFC East on the horizon, Washington’s best chance for another win this year may just be this week.
St. Louis Rams
Chris Long – Back last week for the first time since Week 1, Long will have a favorable matchup against Tom Compton, who has allowed 18 pressures over the last four weeks. Long’s +11.1 pass rushing grade last year was seventh-best at the position.
Stedman Bailey – On a rather lackluster receiving corps, the second-year player has had a strong couple of weeks with over half of his targets (15 of 28), receptions (12 of 20) and receiving yards (189 of275) coming in the last two games.
Mark Barron – Playing a season-high (since being traded to St. Louis) 48 snaps last week, Barron now has a +1.8 coverage grade on 54 coverage snaps. He’s allowed just a single 11-yard reception in four games in St. Louis.
DeSean Jackson – Whoever is under center will need to utilize Jackson’s elite speed. The former Eagle is one of only a handful of receivers to have caught over half of his targets on deep passes this year. His 494 yards on deep passes trails only Mike Evans.
Ryan Kerrigan – One of just three 3-4 outside linebackers with a grade of at least +1.0 in coverage, run defense, and as a pass rusher, Kerrigan leads the team with 50 quarterback disruptions, doing his best to mitigate the midseason loss of Brian Orakpo.
David Amerson – Injuries to the likes of DeAngelo Hall and Tracy Porter have made Amerson the team’s leader in playing time at cornerback. The sophomore has had a rough go of it, with a -12.1 coverage grade, allowing six touchdowns while recording only two pass defenses.
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