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NFL Week 16 Preview: Rams at Titans

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 21, 2017

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Dec 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) dives toward the end zone during a long first quarter run but is pushed out of bounds two yards short of the end zone against the Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams visit the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 7

Coverage by: Mike Cahill

Matchup: Los Angeles Rams offense vs. Tennessee Titans defense

Todd Gurley, running back, Los Angeles Rams

PFFELO Ranking: 17

Coverage by: Sam McGaw

Matchup: Tennessee Titans offense vs. Los Angeles Rams defense

Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Tennessee Titans

  • RB DeMarco Murray vs. LB Mark Barron – Murray ranks 39th among running backs with a run grade of 69.0. He possesses an elusive rating of 32.5 and he averages 2.08 yards after contact per rushing attempt. Only 21.1 percent of his runs have been held to zero yards or less, which is slightly better than the league average of 23.2 percent. Barron’s 10.5 run-stop percentage is tied for fourth among linebackers. However, his run-defense grade of 43.2 ranks 72nd.
  • WR Rishard Matthews vs. CB Trumaine Johnson – Matthews approaches Week 16 averaging 1.89 receiving yards per route run, which is tied for 17th among wide receivers. When lined up outside to the right, he’s caught 19 of 24 targets for 314 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he boasts a wide receiver rating of 146.5 when he runs his routes from that position. Johnson has allowed an average of 1.34 receiving yards per coverage snap. When he’s lined up as the left cornerback, he’s given up 25 catches on 48 passes into his coverage for 371 yards, one touchdown and has also secured one interception. Quarterbacks targeting a player in his coverage average a passer rating of 78.0.

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