Jaguars must contain Jalen Ramsey and 4 other Rams to have a shot

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Los Angeles Rams free safety Taylor Rapp (24) intercepts a pass – Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /

Just like the Los Angeles Rams, the Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a three-game losing streak but that’s where the similarities end. Both teams will face off against each other in Week 13, and it’s easy to see why Jacksonville is a 14-point underdog ahead of the game. They have a rookie quarterback and a first-time NFL head coach while the Rams have one of the best offensive minds in Sean McVay and a veteran signal-caller in Matthew Stafford.

Moreover, Los Angeles has the firepower to score at will even though they lost wide receiver Robert Woods for the season. This should be a cause for concern for the Jaguars, as they have trailed by more than 10 points by halftime in each of their last three losses. If they want to avoid falling behind early in Week 13, they will have to keep an eye on these five Rams.

No. 1 Rams player the Jaguars must contain – Taylor Rapp  

One reason the Rams have been able to win in spite of not having a first-round pick since 2017 — they drafted Jared Goff first overall in 2016 — is their ability to find defensive talent for their back-seven in later rounds of the NFL draft. They chose safety Taylor Rapp in the second round of the 2019 selection meeting and he’s gone on to become one of their most important players in the secondary.

Rapp is second in the Rams defense in both interceptions and total tackles. A video of Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon trucking him recently went viral but that’s just one play, as he’s pretty adept at stopping both the pass and the run.