Atlanta's biggest concern was starting running back Devonta Freeman, who has a knee injury that made some question whether he'd be able to play against the Rams. Los Angeles? Just 21. You can buy eight seats all in a row for all eight members of your family right now at many different locations within the Coliseum. They're just trying to get back to a year ago. The Rams are like college students that grew up their entire lives at home, then were forced to move out for a bit.
Wade Phillips, the well-traveled but long successful defensive coordinator for the Rams, said of the Falcons earlier this week: "They've kind of hit their stride here at the end of the year, as far as their offense goes".
Its been a while Los Angeles. Luckily, the Falcons understand that beast after being in the playoffs last season. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jones with 5:48 to play as the Falcons took a 26-13 lead against the Los Angeles Rams in an National Football League playoff game. In 2004, it was George H.W. Bush.
Here's what makes these Saints such a fascinating team: the 38-year-old Brees threw for just 4,335 yards (his lowest total since 2005) and 23 TDs (lowest since 2003), but was the league's most accurate passer with a record-breaking 72 per cent completion rate. Not only has Donald had an impressive season, but Grady Jarrett has too.
Quarterback Matt Ryan is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 seasons and still searching for the ultimate prize. No matter you're perspective, personally, I can agree with both sides. By going to this game, you are witnessing a young coach who turned around a last place team, and a transcendent talent at the running back position.
Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams. They finished 2017 ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and yards allowed. Regardless, Sean McVay carried the torch that was lit by Jeff Fisher and strived - even while in his shadow.
If there's one "knock" on these Rams, though, it's inexperience. But this game versus the Falcons will also tell us just how real this Rams team is or if we were fools to think they were the real deal. There's a ton of effort and heart that goes into a turnaround this big. On fourth-and-short from the 35-yard line, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Rams go for it.
"For us, it's another game and another opportunity to go out there and execute".
But if Manuel's defence can shut down the Rams run game and control possession offensively, the Falcons will have a chance to upset high-flying L.A. on the road. If the World Series in LA this year showed us anything, it proves that Los Angeles loves winning. "I certainly have a lot of respect for the guys I play against week in and week out, and I imagine they feel the same way".
To make matters worse, you could get tickets for the game on Groupon.