NAPA, Calif. -- Winners of their last three games, the Rams have a chance to finish 8-8 for the first time since 2006 with a victory over the 49ers on Sunday. Here are three keys for St. Louis to end the season on a high note.
1) Stop the run
San Francisco’s offensive identity starts with its ability to run the ball, and that’s what St. Louis has keyed in on this week. Though there have been a series of injuries to their running backs, the Niners inserted DuJuan Harris, formerly of the Seahawks, and he rushed 11 times for 73 yards against Detroit last week. San Francisco also brought back former Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne, and he was effective running the ball last week, too.
But quarterback Blaine Gabbert may be an underrates aspect of the 49ers ground game. Multiple players said this week he can be plenty effective scrambling, and that’s where the Rams will have to maintain their rush integrity to ensure there are no easy outlets to pick up first downs.
2) Stay efficient on offense
As of late, the Rams have made the most of their opportunities offensively, led by quarterback
That efficiency has come with a strong ground game, though that aspect of the offense could be affected if running back
3) Get more takeaways
St. Louis did a nice job of forcing turnovers last week at Seattle, and they often came at key times.