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Daily Dose: Peters and Talib’s Lock Down Defense

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Wednesday September 19th about your Los Angeles Rams.

HURDLES AT 2-0

Cynthia Frelund of the NFL Network picked one soft spot for each 2-0 team in the NFL. Frelund said the Rams must improve with quarterback Jared Goff under pressure.

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“There are a lot of strong positive indicators for the Rams overall, but one situation to monitor is how Goff's passing production changes under pressure. So far this season, he has a 28.6 passer rating under pressure versus a 117.6 passer rating when not under pressure (last season: 61.6 vs 110.1). Think of -20 as how much the rating for top 10 QBs changes on the routes Goff has been targeting. Three of the Rams' next four opponents (Chargers, Vikings and Broncos) have upper-end ability to get in the face of opposing quarterbacks and should reveal how Sean McVay is going to evolve when it comes to play-calling and using Goff this season.”

For Frelund’s full analysis, click here.

PETERS-TALIB COMBO

The Rams adding All-Pro corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in the offseason has paid off through two games. Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus tweeted just how good the pair has been so far in 2018.

Talib and Peters will once again face a familiar opponent in the Los Angeles Chargers of the AFC West on Sunday.

MORE MATT LONGACRE?

Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton chose one player on each NFL team who he believes deserves more snaps. For the Rams, Moton chose linebacker Matt Longacre — saying Longacre could provide help in the pass-rush.

“Matt Longacre isn't a household name, but he's a pass-rushing asset. He lined up for 35.3 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2017 and logged 5.5 sacks. The fourth-year veteran has been on the field 36.5 percent of the time this year.

Longacre isn't an All-Pro like Aaron Donald or Ndamukong Suh, but defensive coordinator Wade Phillips can use him to dial up pocket pressure off the edge. In a larger role, he could list among the top three Rams defenders in sacks.”

For all 32 players who deserve more snaps, click here.

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