Pats Rams Preview

The Preview That All of America Has Been Waiting For

ATLANTA - The players have heard enough questions. Every angle has been examined. Players are ready to play football. They don't want to hear anymore about the Super Bowl halftime show, who is singing the National Anthem or pretty much anything else. Saturday is family day. Players will spend time with their families who will try to avoid asking players questions about the game. Surely, Gisele Bundchen would rather talk about the children's soccer schedule than whether her husband will be walloped by Aaron Donald. As long as Brady isn't too sore to watch the kids, Bundchen should be happy. Pats Maven will give you the game plan from each angle.

How the Rams Win

  1. Be attentive to the Pats blitzing schemes from the AFC Championship Game. Jared Goff needs time in the pocket for the Rams long passing game to develop. Watch Kyle Van Noy wherever he is - he has become better at finding the holes in the offensive line.

  2. Run some quick screen passes to Todd Gurley - get Gurley (who has a bad knee) involved early to improve his confidence.

  3. Run the bunch formation to confuse the Pats secondary and get favorable matchups. It looks like Stephon Gilmore will cover his former teammate in Buffalo Robert Woods - which could mean former Pats WR Brandin Cooks will have a big day.

  4. Defensively, Wade Phillips mentioned it early in the week - the Rams must stunt Aaron Donald a lot to give the Pats offensive line different looks. Ndamukong Suh must not take plays off and be huge against the Pats running attack. He likely had his best game against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

  5. Marcus Peters must stay disciplined. Aqib Talib is playing well and Peters is the weakness of the Rams secondary. The Pats will attack him. The Rams must also be physical with Julian Edelman. If Josh McDaniels puts him in motion - wait a minute before attacking him. If he is not in motion - jam him, jam him.

How The Pats Win.

  1. When Pats Maven attended overnight camp as a child, there was a prayer hail to the mighty and powerful king. Pats fans should have changed that prayer name to hail to the mighty and powerful (Dante) Scarnecchia. He is simply the best offensive line coach in the game. The 2007 loss to the New York Giants still haunts him. Scarnecchia will have a plan to exploit the undersized Rams linebackers. Pats fans will likely use James Develin a lot with Sony Michel running the ball.

  2. Get pressure to stop the Los Angeles Rams from getting into their long passing attack. Run some stunts with Trey Flowers.

  3. The Rams linebacker Cory Littleton struggles to cover the running back. Get the ball to the great James White and get it to him some more. White with the ball in his hands is like Doug Kyed with a microphone in his hands - good things will happen.

  4. Can LaAdrian Waddle get some love? The Pats backup offensive lineman is as reliable as they come - bring him in their on running plays and mow down the Rams. Waddle and Ted Karras (the other Pats backup) are just lovable people. Karras wants to be Mayor of Mansfield when he retires.

  5. Duron Harmon - if Brandin Cooks catches a 20-yard in-cut take the right angle on the tackle. Harmon must prevent big plays from turning into really big plays