Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Armed with Matthew Stafford, Sean McVeigh is ready to take on Matt Lafler.

As young assistants to Washington’s coaching staff, Sean McVeigh and Matt Lafler aimed to compose and assign games for the NFL’s most talented and seasoned quarterbacks.

“We’ve always talked about what it would be like to coach a guy like Aaron Rogers,” Lafler said, “and how … you are practically limitless in what you want to achieve.”

Last season, his assistants as head coach Lafler and Rogers led the Packers to an NFC Division Round victory over the Rams at Lambo Field, prompting the Rams to move from quarterback Jared Goff.

On Sunday, when the Rams (7-3) return to play the Packers (8-3), McVeigh will come armed with his own veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Rogers, 37, has walked nearly 54,000 yards in over 16 NFL seasons. Stafford, 33, has walked over 48,000 yards in over 12 seasons.

Is this the best Lafleur match?

“Yeah,” McVeigh said. “I mean it is.”

McVeigh, in his fifth season with the Rams, hasn’t played very well against close friends in the NFL lately.

The Rams are two weeks away from the San Francisco 49ers with a 31-10 defeat. It was the Rams’ second consecutive defeat, and for the fifth time in a row, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, mentor of McVeigh and Lafler, beat his Los Angeles protege.

Lafleur isn’t the only familiar face McVeigh will see on the opposite sideline on Sunday.

Joe Barry, coach of the Rams ‘domestic midfielders for the previous four seasons, is the Packers’ defense coordinator.

So, on a day when temperatures are predicted to be around 30 degrees, McVeigh and his players and staff will be asked to end their losing streak in one of the league’s most historic and challenging stadiums.

Rogers made 21 touchdowns with four interceptions. The NFL’s Most Valuable Player this week said he had a broken toe.

But after watching Rogers pass 385 yards and four touchdowns to the Minnesota Vikings 34-31 last Sunday, McVeigh and his players expect him to play like he’s at full strength.

“He might have been in pain, but he looked quite agile, quite special,” McVeigh said. “So I don’t attach much importance to it. He’s a great player and he certainly looks as good as ever. “

Defender Aaron Donald said, “He doesn’t look like he has a toe injury. So I don’t really believe in it. He [is] play good football. “

The Rams’ defense is eager to play again after being pushed aside by the 49ers, who opened the game on November 15 with an 18-move scorer.

Defensive End Of The Rams Aaron Donald Watches Defeat To The San Francisco 49Ers On November 15.

Defensive end of the Rams Aaron Donald watches defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on November 15.

(Tony Avelar / The Associated Press)

“We can be more physical,” said Defense Coordinator Raheem Morris. “We can set conditions in different ways and thus do different things.”

Stafford also wants to bounce back.

He hit 24 touchdowns, but his total interceptions doubled to eight after the Tennessee Titans and the 49ers intercepted two passes, sending the Rams to defeat. In both games, the interception was returned to the touchdown.

In 12 seasons with Detroit Lions, Stafford set 7-13 records against the Packers. He made 21 touchdowns, six interceptions and 3-7 at Lambo Field.

According to him, frost, even snow, will not bother him.

“I had a lot of experience playing in this weather,” he said. “Both in Green Bay, Chicago – Minnesota have been outside for a while.

“Just come and play the game. The ball will be captured, let’s play and just play as usual until the elements tell you you can’t. “

Receiver Cooper Kupp, Stafford’s top target, did not play against the Packers last season with a knee injury that forced him to wait out the playoff defeat. So this will be his first game at Lambo Field.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is trying to improve his stadium memories after dropping several assists during his January 2017 knockout loss to the New York Giants.

In his debut against the 49ers, Beckham caught two passes. He looks forward to a big role on Sunday.

“I’m not giving any hints as to what’s going on,” he said. “But I definitely think there are opportunities … to play.”

Outside midfielder Von Miller will also play his second game for the Rams. According to him, the ankle injury, due to which he was forced to not participate in the battles with the Titans, “is not a factor.”

Asked this week what he expects from Beckham and Miller, McVeigh replied, “I hope so much more.”

Miller made it through the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. He was the Super Bowl 50’s Most Valuable Player to complete the 2015 season.

The Rams are approaching Sunday’s match against the Packers as “an early season playoff game,” he said.

“They are the best team at NFC and we are the best team at NFC,” he said. “This game will make a difference in the future.”

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