The sort out was extra WWE than NFL.
Two weeks in the past, Rams linebacker Ernest Jones wrapped his arms round then-Carolina Panthers working again Christian McCaffrey, lifted him after which threw him to the turf suplex-style.
Rams gamers stated the tempo-setting play helped propel them to a victory that evened their document at 3-3 going into final week’s open date.
The Rams — and McCaffrey — return to SoFi Stadium on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers and their legion of followers arrive for a key NFC West recreation.
The 49ers final week outbid the Rams in a commerce for McCaffrey.
Jones is wanting ahead to creating extra tone-setting performs because the Rams try to finish a seven-game streak of regular-season futility in opposition to the 49ers, together with a 24-9 beatdown at Levi’s Stadium on “Monday Night Football” this month.
Jones stated McCaffrey “got me back” on the finish of the Rams’ victory over the Panthers “with a little stiff arm” transfer.
“I remember that,” Jones stated, “so I’m sure he remembers what I did to him.
“He’s one of the top five running backs that I’ve played [against]. His vision, the way he’s able to just keep going at his size — it’s crazy. It’s amazing.”
McCaffrey joined a 49ers offense that normally options versatile star working again/receiver Deebo Samuel, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight finish George Kittle and fullback Kyle Juszczyk amongst others.
With Samuel sidelined due to a hamstring harm and Juszczyk out due to a damaged finger, McCaffrey might play a extra outstanding position than anticipated for a 49ers staff that’s 3-4 after a 44-23 loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday.
The 49ers additionally will likely be with out injured defensive lineman Arik Armstead and linebacker Dre Greenlaw.
That would assist the Rams of their quest to beat the 49ers in a regular-season recreation for the primary time since 2018.
Rams coach Sean McVay ended a six-game dropping streak in opposition to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan — his buddy and mentor — when the Rams defeated the 49ers in January within the NFC championship recreation at SoFi Stadium.
The Rams received that recreation as a result of they performed “complimentary football in key moments,” star cornerback Jalen Ramsey stated.
“You just never know which moment will swing the momentum or which moment will be key for whichever team that wins the game,” Ramsey stated, including that in regular-season video games in opposition to the 49ers the Rams “have not done good enough in key moments and played complimentary football in a lot of those key moments.”
After weathering a number of accidents, the Rams will welcome again heart Brian Allen, receiver Van Jefferson and cornerbacks Troy Hill and Cobie Durant.
The Rams’ 3-3 begin equals their document on the similar level in 2019, the one season they missed the playoffs beneath McVay.
It has been a stunning season within the NFC. The New York Giants are 6-1, the Philadelphia Eagles 6-0 and the Minnesota Vikings 5-1. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-5, with Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers 3-4.
McVay sounded optimistic concerning the Rams outlook.
“Teams that are relevant play better as the season goes on and that’s where our focus and concentration is,” McVay stated, including, “It’s a strange year in terms of some of the different things that are going on, but usually those things have a way of balancing themselves out, and I think we’ll have a lot more clarity as this thing continues to progress.”
To make a run to the playoffs, the Rams want quarterback Matthew Stafford to keep away from turnovers which have plagued him in opposition to the 49ers. In three regular-season losses and the postseason victory, Stafford has handed for six touchdowns with six interceptions, two that had been returned for touchdowns.
Within the Oct. 3 loss, 49ers security Talanoa Hufanga returned an interception for a landing.
“It’s kind of the age-old stuff in football,” Stafford stated when requested what he needed to do for the Rams to beat the 49ers within the common season, “Don’t turn the ball over, stay efficient on first and second down, convert it on third down, when we get our chances in the red zone, hit them and score points.
“Got to play a complete game, got to play solid, and give yourself a chance.”
On Sunday, 49ers followers are anticipated to once more make themselves heard at SoFi Stadium. The Rams offense anticipates working once more with a silent depend.
“That’s what history says — you prepare for whatever it’s going to be,” receiver Cooper Kupp stated. “And understand you just got to go out there and play ball.”