The Los Angeles Rams have had their fair share of battling the San Francisco 49ers on the road, and on Monday night they will try to undo recent history. In NFC West’s Match of the Titans, this game has all the makings of an instant classic, and the Rams’ chances of success depend on one factor in particular; their ability to hold back the 49ers’ running game.
San Francisco is bringing extra dimension to this aspect of their offense, with wide receiver Deebo Samuel playing a huge role in keeping the defense honest when he takes the field. Los Angeles will have a hard time holding back Samuel’s dual role as a rusher and threat taker, but head coach Sean McVeigh told reporters Thursday that he hopes linebacker Bobby Wagner can make a big difference in their attempt to limit distance on the ground. .
“I think, in general, with respect to Bobby as a whole, what he can bring from a player, from production, from management, all of the above,” McVeigh explained of his valuable veteran linebacker. “That is definitely one of the things that I thought was his great feature. Physicality at the moment of attack to fight off the grip, conceptual trigger, awareness.
“Of course, any time you talk about opponents in the division, especially a great opponent in the division like this one, who is definitely a part of it. It’s not just that, but he’s a guy that when you look at these games, just with the amount of crossover, I think he’s always played well in any game, but he did a good job when they played the Niners, when he was in Seattle. “.
The importance of Wagner’s experience against San Francisco cannot be underestimated. His knowledge of the 49ers offense should prove invaluable to the Rams as they look to narrow down their powerful ground game and maintain their place at the top of the NFC West.