There will be a showdown in SoFi Stadium on Thursday Night Football. The New England Patriots will be facing off against the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are coming off impressive wins after Week 13. The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in the same stadium where they will play the Rams.
The Rams defeated their NFC West rival, the Arizona Cardinals, in a hard fought battle by the score of 35-25. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives with only four regular-season games left. Therefore, expect this game to be a hard fought battle with a lot fireworks.
Patriots and Rams Thursday Night Football Preview
No winner is projected here, but the Patriots have nothing to lose. They will leave everything on the field in their next four games. They are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. This year of sports has been difficult and only the one-seed is awarded the bye-week; the Rams at 8-4, are not done themselves. They are the third seed in the NFC and are trying to fend off the rest of NFC West. Both the Rams and Patriots are 3-1 since Week 10.
Patriots offense and quarterback Cam Newton
When Cam “Superman” Newton gets it going, he is one of the hardest players to game plan against because he is a dual-threat. Not only do the Patriots have Newton, but they also have a three-headed running back room with Damien Harris, James White, Rex Burkead (currently on Reserve/ Injured list). The Patriots do not have weapons like they’ve had in past years but where they lack in the passing game they make up for on the ground.
Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels has done a tremendous job with the weapons he has at his disposal. McDaniels will again be a top candidate for a head coaching job next year.
A key matchup that will determine this game is the Patriots offensive line versus the Rams defensive line. If the Patriots can match the Rams’ defensive line’s intensity, they will have an opportunity to win.
Before the season started, the Patriots defense had two important players opt-out due to Covid-19; Patrick Chung and their defensive captain Dont’a Hightower. At the start of the season the Patriots defense was night and day but recently they have been clicking and have some quality players and breakout stars showing up for them.
The Patriots defensive backs will have challenge a with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds, and Tyler Higbee. The Rams have their own three-headed monster of running backs with Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, and Darrell Henderson. Akers has taken over the running back room recently, but the Rams find ways to give all three of their running backs touches; regardless of who the alpha dog in the room is. Therefore, the Patriots’ defense will have their hands full with offensive-minded Head Coach Sean McVay.
Rams defense will provide tough-out versus Patriots
The Rams are known for being a tough-minded football team and this game will certainly be tough. Earlier we mentioned the battle in the trenches. And if the Rams defensive line is able to get to Cam Newton early and often, this game will become a mismatch. If the Rams defense cannot get pressure on Cam Newton, the Patriots will not be able to keep pace with the Rams offense on a short field.
This should be a hard-fought game on both sides. The Rams have a chance to win this one with their explosive offense and their truckload of weapons. If they can get out to an early lead on the Patriots, they could make them one dimensional. If the Patriots can run the ball effectively and keep the Rams off the field, they should be able to control the pace of the game and keep the game competitive. We should be in for a good one on Thursday night.