A week after the Rams offense struggled in its toughest test of the season, the Rams defense will be on the spot.
"If you look at the rapport between a play-caller and a quarterback, I think [Payton] and Drew are one of the examples of what it looks like when it's right," Rams coach Sean McVay said.
A key for the Saints has been a rushing attack that features running backs
That could be a problem for a Rams defense that has been inconsistent against the run.
In last week’s 24-7 defeat to the
The Rams are giving up 123.3 yards rushing per game, which ranks 28th in the NFL.
"It's something that we've got to be aware of," McVay said, adding, "One game doesn't dictate and determine kind of the entire, you know, what we feel like we are."
Ingram, the 2009
Ingram rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins, his second consecutive 130-yard rushing performance.
Last year against the Rams, Ingram ran for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 49-21 victory at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Kamara, a rookie from Tennessee, has rushed for four touchdowns, and also has caught three touchdown passes.
Some of the Rams' defensive struggles against the Vikings could be attributed to an offense that did not perform to its previous level. The Rams ran only 56 offensive plays, forcing the defense to be on the field for 73.
After the loss, linebacker
"We have a pretty good rotation," he said. "When we needed to make a stop, they somehow converted a play and kept drives alive. We have to figure out how to get off the field."
But McVay acknowledged this week that the offense could have provided more help by controlling the ball and not forcing the defense to be on the field for upward of 70 plays.
"When we've been playing really well, typically it's in between more of the 50 and 60 range," McVay said. "Offense has a contribution to that as well. When we're not efficient on third downs, now we're putting the defense back out on the field."
The Rams failed to sack Vikings quarterback
Now they face Brees.
The 17-year pro is completing 72% of his passes, 15 for touchdowns, with five interceptions.
Receiver Michael Thomas, who played at Woodland Hills Taft High, has a team-best 65 catches, two for touchdowns. Receivers
"They do such a great job of making people defend the width and depth of the field," McVay said, adding, "It's quick screens, play actions, movements — they do it all and they do it all very well."
The Rams waived rookie tight end Johnny Mundt, indicating that veteran tight end Derek Carrier will probably return from a hamstring injury this week. Mundt was promoted from the practice squad before the Rams played the