Detroit Lions @ St. Louis Rams
Kickoff: 1:00pm EST
Where: Edward Jones Dome — St.Louis, MO
Weather: Game played indoors
TV/Radio: FOX / (97.1 The Ticket)
|P||Johnny Hekker||not injury related||Probable|
|K||Zach Hocker||right thigh||Probable|
|K||Greg Zuerlein||right hip||Probable|
What to watch for:
Can the Lions control Todd Gurley?
Despite only rushing for 60 yards over the past two games, Gurley is still the Rams’ most lethal weapon on offense. The Rams are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Over those five games, Gurley has failed to reach 100 yards even once.
At this point in the season, with neither Nick Foles or Case Keenum showing anything at the QB position, if the Rams can’t get Gurley going, their offense becomes stagnant. Expect the Lions to stack the box with seven or eight players all game and try to force Foles/Keenum to beat them.
Aaron Donald watch
In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Lions selected TE Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick. Three pick later, the Rams selected DT Aaron Donald with the 13th pick. Ever since that day, fans and media alike have talked about what the Lions would look like had they taken Donald instead of Ebron.
Through 28 career games played so far, Donald already has 17 sacks with a Pro Bowl appearance under his belt. He’s already one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the league and has Lions fans thinking about what could have been. Going up against a very inconsistent Lions offensive line, watch for Donald as somebody who could be giving Matthew Stafford problems all day.
The Rams have been in an absolute free fall since their Week 9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Teams have figured them out, while they have failed to figure out how to fix everything that’s gone wrong.
Expect the Lions to have one of their best defensive games of the year, and as long as the offense can out some points on the board, there’s no reason the Lions shouldn’t be in control of this game for most of the afternoon.
Prediction: Lions 32, Rams 15