The Los Angeles Rams are ready to take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday as they are one game away from reaching the Super Bowl. One of the reasons why the Rams have gotten to this point is due to their excellent running game that has been created in the past four weeks. When Todd Gurley went down with a knee injury late in the season, the Rams needed a veteran to step up and picked up C.J. Anderson. The running back has brought new life to the Rams as he has rushed for 403 yards along with two touchdowns in four games.
With Gurley back in action for the playoffs, the Rams are using a two running back method which was showcased against their win against the Dallas Cowboys. Both of the RB’s rushed for 235+ rushing yards in the win as they will once again have the same style heading into New Orleans. But will Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram out shine them? Here are three reasons why Gurley & Anderson will outperform the Saints duo.
Even though the New Orleans Saints finished with one of the best offensive lines in the league, they are coming into this game banged up. Saints OL Andrus Peat, Ryan Ramczyk, and Max Unger were all limited Thursday at practice as that will play a huge role for Sunday. Majority of them will play, but with Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are making their way towards the backfield, the Rams have the advantage. Especially when the Rams defensive line held Cowboys star running back to only 47 yards rushing. Edge goes to the Rams.
Let’s flip the script now. Yes the New Orleans Saints also have an excellent defensive line, but they will be without defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. The 24-year old had eight sacks along with 40 tackles on the regular season as he was causing mayhem for running and quarterbacks. Even though the Saints did bring in Tyrunn Walker who knows the Saints system, the Rams have the edge also on the defensive line. Expect a weaker push from New Orleans as Gurley will continue to use his speed to bounce out and Anderson going straight down the middle for his usually five to six yards per carry.
The Los Angeles Rams are riding high with their rushing attack as the New Orleans Saints have been slow and steady. In the past five games (excluding week 17) both Kamara and Ingram combined are only averaging 95.6 rushing yards per game. As for the Rams, they are averaging over 107 rushing yards per game in that same span. The Rams have the Saints beat in the rushing category for sure. Momentum will be alive on Sunday as the Rams will be using their new duo left and right.
After Sunday, the talk of the town will be about Gurley and Anderson. The new running back duo will showcase why they should be in the spotlight when they take on the Saints this weekend.