Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 13

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 13


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Arizona vs LA Rams

The Cardinals passing game appears stuck in neutral at the moment. There’s no questioning Kyler Murray’s long-term potential; with world-class athleticism and a live downfield arm, he’s staring down a scintillating future. But right now, he’s coping with the effects of a shoulder sprain that clearly hindered his all-around game in Sunday’s loss. As a passer, Murray’s upside is limited when he’s less able to explore the pocket and deliver down the field. He managed just 170 scoreless yards against the Patriots, with top wideout DeAndre Hopkins held to 55 in Stephon Gilmore’s doghouse. Until Murray’s health is better established, this attack is difficult to fully trust. Murray is always a top-tier fantasy play due to his rushing upside, but his air numbers - and those of Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and others - are in a holding pattern right now.

The Rams’ star-studded pass defense continues to clamp down on virtually all comers. They’ve allowed just a single opponent - the Bills’ Josh Allen back in Week 3 - to top 270 yards through the air, and no team has given up fewer touchdowns. Along the way, they’ve forced a handful of strong passers - Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Tom Brady - into some of their worst games of the 2020 season. It’s never easy to contain this Rams pass rush, which still stands as one of the NFL’s most imposing. Aaron Donald leads the way, of course, routinely drawing double- and triple-team blocking but still leading the league with 10.0 sacks. His sack numbers don’t encapsulate all the ways he disrupts and sabotages opposing pass games - though they tend to wind up on an elite level anyway. And on the back end, cornerback Jalen Ramsey heads up a versatile, playmaking secondary poised to make life difficult for Hopkins. Ramsey is squarely in his prime as a shutdown cornerback, routinely moved around the formation to slow each opponent’s top wideout. He’s the primary reason Mike Evans, DK Metcalf, and DeVante Parker combined for a grand total of 80 yards in this matchup over the past month.

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