Rams' Barron, Cooper active for playoff meeting with Falcons


Rams' Barron, Cooper active for playoff meeting with Falcons

If the Falcons are forced to play from behind and abandon the run, Sanu can be the key to moving the chains.

"It was actually my first year [in Atlanta], so I remember him really well", Quinn said.

The Falcons snuck into the postseason with a week 17 victory and have locked up the second wild card spot setting them up for a date on Saturday with the resurgent Los Angeles Rams who have been remarkable to watch this season and are a very unsafe team on both sides of the football.

Don't forget that earlier in the season, it was an over the hill, out of the game Mike Martz who lobbed some fire towards the first time/first year head coach saying that the Rams hired a buddy for Goff. Thus, as a Rams fan I am both extremely happy and extremely sad at the same time if no one shows up to watch this game. If anything, Los Angeles residents and other people with the ability to go witness a Rams game should go support the team for the simple fact that they made it to this spot.

But the contrast from last year's team isn't all bad.

The Falcons didn't meet those expectations during the season.

Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal (22) and OLB De'Vondre Campbell are part of the defensive team that will face the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Round this weekend. Jones ended the season with 88 catches for 1,444 yards, but his three touchdowns is his fewest haul in a year since 2013, when he only played five games that campaign before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Atlanta does have a very athletic defense and they will need every ounce of it against a Rams side that is potent running the ball with Todd Gurley and passing the ball with Jared Goff which makes them a very tough out.

Sanu may not be the only slot receiver to have a productive game, as Rams rookie Cooper Kupp could also be in line for a nice night.

Where Cam Newton goes, so do the Panthers. Would you be surprised if he had a three interception game?

After trading top target Kelvin Benjamin and suffering a rash of offensive injuries (including leading receiver Devin Funchess), the pressure has fallen nearly entirely on Newton to get the job done himself.

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.

Against Seattle, Gurley scored four touchdowns in addition to 180 yards from scrimmage. Gurley was also excellent out of the backfield in 2017.

If the Saints are making a deep run this post-season, it will be thanks to these two backs and there's every reason to expect "Boom and Zoom" to feature heavily on Sunday.



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