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QB Sean Mannion - Los Angeles Rams

6-6, 229Born: 4-25-1992College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2015

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Week 20: at New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Not much was asked of Jared Goff and the passing game in the Rams' Divisional Round win. Goff attempted just 28 passes, down from his seasonal average of 35, amassing just 186 yards - his second-lowest total on the year. That was probably a matchup-based call, as the Rams thoroughly dominated the undermanned Cowboys on the ground. But it also served as a reminder of Goff's clear drop-off down the 2018 stretch. Through the first 11 weeks, Goff completed 68% of his passes, averaging 322 yards and throwing 26 touchdowns. But over the past 6 games, those numbers have dwindled to 58% and 221, with just 6 scores. He's posted just a single multi-touchdown game over that span, and only one game above 207 yards. This offense is packed to the gills with receiving talent, but Goff clearly misses his most dependable all-around receiver, Cooper Kupp. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks both posted huge seasons, and both are versatile big-play threats on any given snap. But Kupp's reliability, both in the slot and down the field, are an important security blanket for Goff. Without him, Goff's mid-level accuracy looks a lot weaker. This Sunday, Woods and Cooks will tangle with an aggressive Saints secondary that plays tight in coverage and always looks for big plays on the ball. That could be a blessing in disguise, allowing the Rams' explosive weapons to win downfield when the Saints guess wrong. When these teams met in Week 9, Goff racked up 391 yards and 3 scores, with Woods, Cooks, and Kupp combining for 274 and a pair of touchdowns. Still, it's worth noting Goff's clear second-half decline. He looked fairly erratic in last week's win, and he'll certainly need to produce more big plays to win in the Superdome. Head coach Sean McVay and pass-game coordinator Shane Waldron will likely dial up plenty of tricky, versatile routes for the wideouts and Todd Gurley out of the backfield. It will be up to Goff to take advantage with crisp, well-timed throws to get them into space - as well as sharp downfield strikes when his receivers win deep. The New Orleans pass defense opened 2018 with a big step down from their 2017 turnaround. Since midseason, however, things have again reversed course, and this unit now stands as a pesky one to face in fantasy matchups. Dating back to Week 10, they've allowed just 241 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. The biggest change has been swapping burnable cornerback Ken Crawley out of the lineup in favor of trade acquisition Eli Apple. Apple hasn't been flawless, but he's been much more stable on the boundary than Crawley, who routinely guessed wrong in coverage and was beaten often. The star here, however, is second-year phenom Marcus Lattimore, who has regrouped nicely from a terrible start to the year. Lattimore is a gambler himself, but his tremendous instinct and athleticism often keep him in position to hold coverage even when he jumps a route. His late interception of Alshon Jeffery's hands last week will go down in Saints lore, but his strong whole-game play was a major reason the team advanced at all. This week, he and Apple be tasked with shadowing Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, both 1,200-yard receivers in the Rams' dynamic offense. The glaring weak spot is still slot man P.J. Williams, who's been bullied all season and could struggle to contain Woods when he moves inside. As a whole, this unit is far from perfect, but is generally aggressive enough to at least complicate matters for opposing quarterbacks. The Rams receivers may give this secondary fits, but Jared Goff will have to be consistently on-target to beat them down the field.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
16 at ARI 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 -0.2
17 vs SF 18 2 3 23 0 0 2 -8 0 0 0.35
20 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

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