Jaguars game vs Rams became even more difficult after Von Miller trade

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports /

The 6-1 Los Angeles Rams are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now and they became even better after trading for outside linebacker Von Miller ahead of the 2021 deadline. This doesn’t bode well for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will face off against them in Week 13.

By now, you may have heard that the Rams traded for Miller in exchange for two second-day draft picks in 2022. Even though he’s dealt with injuries in recent years and is no longer in his prime, he’s still a difference-maker, one that can wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage.

Miller missed the 2020 season with an ankle injury but he’s playing at a high level this season, logging 4.5 sacks, 19 total tackles, and seven tackles for a loss. The three-time All-Pro designation will be joining defensive tackle Aaron Donald, arguably the best defensive player in the NFL. The Rams’ front office has broken the mold in recent years, and haven’t been shy to exchange draft pick for proven talent.

You might recall Los Angeles traded for former cornerback Jalen Ramsey back in 2019 and things have worked out well. More recently, they traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has been an upgrade over Jared Goff. See, that’s what makes this a good trade. The Rams don’t expect Miller to win games himself. Rather, they see him as a piece that will bolster an already dominant team. They know he’s not the same player that helped the Broncos win the Super Bowl in 2015 but know he can be a productive player in the right situation.

The Rams’ front seven could feast on the Jaguars offensive line.

The Jaguars are coming off a humiliating loss to a Seattle Seahawks team that had lost three consecutive games. They next take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 9 and things don’t look favorable for them. As of this writing, Jacksonville is a 14-point underdog, and you could make the case the Rams are even better than Buffalo.

The Rams’ defense ranks 10th in points allowed and leads the league in sacks with 25. Surprisingly, Donald’s five sacks are second behind Leonard Floyd’s 6.5. An already well-rounded defensive front just got better after the addition of Miller? How will the Jaguars stop it? Their offensive line has played well this season but is far from elite.

The Jaguars could get back on track in the next few weeks. Their loss to the Seahawks could serve as a wake-up call but even if they improve, their already difficult game in Week 13 against the Rams just became even more challenging.

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