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The Sean McVay’s Rams could use all the help they can get when they battle the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Rams, who own a record of 12-4 and run a winning streak of five games, are able to finish NFC West on Sunday. Sean McVays club last won a division title in 2018, a year in which the club finished in Super Bowl LIII.
That season, the club ended with a 13-3 mark, which included a perfect 6-0 mark vs. their NFC West neighbors. That, of course, included a seasonal showdown of rival San Francisco 49ers. And it also happens to be the last time McVay and the company achieved a victory over their longtime opponents from the Bay Area.
So guess who the Rams will close the 2021 campaign with this weekend with the NFC West title at stake? All in all, the Niners have won in the last five meetings between the clubs. The most recent was a convincing setback of 31-10 Monday night in San Francisco in Week 10.
Matthew Stafford threw 243 yards and one goal but was picked from twice. The Rams ran the ball just 10 times in 52 yards. Both of those numbers are season low for McVay’s team this season.
Los Angeles lost Cam Akers back in July to an Achilles injury. Former Patriots ‘first-rounder Sony Michel has had his moments in Akers’ absence. He leads the team with 802 yards on the ground. But the Rams are tied with the Jets in 24th place in the league when it comes to rushing yards per game (101.2).
But via NFL Networks Steve Wyche, the team’s leading rusher in 2020 may be ready to make his season debut.
Despite the team’s current five-game winning streak, Stafford has struggled to take care of the ball lately. In each of the Rams’ last two games, he has committed three turnovers. In this year’s first meeting with the Niners, Los Angeles was overpowered up front, and Kyle Shanahan’s club owned the ball in 39:03.
In 13 games in the regular season, Akers ran for the team’s best 625 yards a year ago and also led the team with 145 carry. But his best work came in the club’s playoff division with the Seahawks and Packers. He burned the former for 131 yards and a score in the wild card round. He ran 18 times in 90 yards and a TD in the division round setback at Lambeau Field. With Darrell Henderson currently on IR, his return is very welcome.