Los Angeles Rams vs Atlanta Falcons bold predictions: Donald & company get payback. The Falcons’ offense made a mockery of the Rams D last year. While there has been some turnover, Aaron Donald will be out for blood.Even though most NFL players tend to shrug off the idea that they’re driven to exact revenge from a previous loss (especially if it’s a nasty one) when they play that team again, I believe that these guys have so much pride that they have to bring that emotion into these games.
When the Los Angeles Rams face the Atlanta Falcons on Wild Card Weekend, guys like DT Aaron Donald, DT Michael Brockers, and LB Robert Quinn are going to be pumped up for a playoff game just like new Rams players like WR Cooper Kupp and WR Robert Woods. However, the players on last year’s squad are going to have some extra incentive when they glare at QB Matt Ryan as he lines up behind center. This is the team that gave them the worst drubbing of the season last year. 42 to 14. A loss so bad that the Rams became an official embarrassment to the NFL.
If you’ve been watching the Falcons this year, you’ve noticed that their offense isn’t like it was last year. It’s boring. They don’t try any innovative sets — WR Julio Jones and their other receivers can’t get open as often; it’s not fun to watch. Wade Phillips is going to key in on this and make Matt Ryan pay once they fall behind and are forced to pass. Look for Aaron Donald to get all of his adrenaline out early, strip sacking Ryan in the first quarter. Michael Brockers, Donald, and Robert Quinn will collectively sack the QB 7 times, two those turning into turnovers. Jared Goff’s first throw will be a deep bomb to Sammy Watkins for a TD.