Looking at how the Rams (5-1) and Detroit Lions (0-6) come into play at 1:05 p.m. PT at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The game will be played on Fox (Channel 11).
When Rams has the ball: Quarterback Matthew Stafford will face his former team for the first time with an arsenal of receivers unlike those he once played with in Detroit. Following a 38-11 win over the New York Giants last week, Stafford, coach Sean McVeigh and the other offensive players were unhappy with another slow start or uncharacteristic sacks and penalties. Stafford hit 16 touchdowns with four interceptions in a setup in which McVeigh used more direct rebounds than in the past with Jared Goff. Cooper Kupp has 46 best team grabs, seven on touchdown. Robert Woods and Van Jefferson have also appeared in the last two games, but McVeigh may again find it necessary to increase the role of DeShawn Jackson. Backward Darrell Henderson continues to play over the rib. Against the Giants, he dashed 78 yards and hit 21 passes and played well in a 25-yard touchdown catch. Running back Sonia Michelle has been restricted from training due to a shoulder injury but is expected to play on Sunday. Former Rams defender Michael Brokers reinforces the Lions’ line. Midfielder Charles Harris has four bags. Corner-back Amani Oruvarie intercepted three assists.
When the lions have the ball: Quarterback Goff had spent the previous four seasons playing one of the NFL’s most creative and talented attacks with the Rams. Now he is almost on the island, almost without the same talent. Goff went 1505 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions. Running backwards, D’Andre Swift threw three touchdowns and has 34 receptions, one for a touchdown. Tight end T.J. Hockenson made 32 catches, two touchdowns. Swift and Hawkenson are on the list of suspects due to groin and knee injuries, respectively. The Kalif Raymond receiver has two landing latches, and the Amon-Ra St. Brown, a USC product, is also a target. The Rams are set to repeat last week’s game against the Giants when they forced four assists, including two interceptions by defender Taylor Rapp. Aaron Donald has sacks 31/2, the more powerful Leonard Floyd has 41/2, but the Rams are also getting production from outside midfielders Terrell Lewis and Obo Okoronkwo. Lewis, a second-year pro who fell behind with knee problems last season, has had three sacks in his last three games. Okoronkwo lost to the Giants. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey continues to torment attacks from all angles.
When kicked: The Rams who returned the kick, Jake Funk, suffered a hamstring injury at the end of the season against the Giants, so Atwell’s returning to punt tutu could take on the role as well. The Lions have lost two games on field goals in the last second. It’s not like a game that gets close enough to end this way. Rams striker Matt Gay made 11 of 12 shots for the field.
Gary Klein’s prediction: The Rams talked all week about how the Lions are playing tough on their opponents. Sure, but Goff and his new team are 0-6. The only controversy is how big the Rams’ lead will be in the win.
RAMN 38, LVIV 13