FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams' passing game have struggled to build any momentum throughout the first 10 games of the 2019 season. While they are running out of time, injuries throughout the team's offense have stacked the odds against the Rams turning it around and lighting up the scoreboard like they did last year. Injuries and offseason departures have left the 2019 Rams' offensive line depleted, grading as one of the league's worst, as opposed to one of the best like last season. Jared Goff has been under pressure almost as much as any quarterback in the league, leading to a measly 6.8 adjusted yards per attempt, good for 23rd in the NFL amongst qualified passers. Goff, without some of his top receiving targets, has failed to throw for a touchdown in either of his last 2 games, leading the offense to just 14.5 points per game during that span. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks missed his second straight game last week due to a concussion, and as a player with a lengthy history of head injuries, he may not play once again this weekend. Also, at wide receiver, Robert Woods was a surprise scratch from last week's lineup due to a personal matter. Woods has yet to return to the team, but the team is in contact with him and should be able to provide an update on the situation later this week. Without two of their three top pass-catchers, Cooper Kupp was held in check once again, as defenses have begun to key onto him as the cog that makes Los Angeles' offense go. After posting at least 100 receiving yards in 4 of his first 5 games, Kupp has cleared the century-mark in just 1 out of his last 5 games. Lastly, if the Rams are without Cooks and Woods once again in Week 12, expect an increased workload for tight end Gerald Everett, whose target totals have been erratic throughout the 2019 season. In total, Los Angeles' offense is depleted both in the trenches and on the outside, which will not bode well for a struggling Jared Goff here against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens' defense ranks as a perfectly average unit against the pass this season, on the surface, as they rank 19th in the NFL in passing volume faced this season and 17th in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt allowed. While they have not faced a murderer's row of quarterback talent this season, their 9-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio is elite. The Ravens have only allowed one quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, to throw for multiple scores this year. Baltimore's defense blitzes more than any other team in the NFL, sending pressure on 49.9% of opponents' dropbacks this year. Edge rusher Matthew Judon leads the way with 6.0 sacks to his name this season to go along with 42 total pressures, more than twice as many as any other player on the roster. The Ravens' secondary is the team's defensive strength, where Earl Thomas III, Marlon Humphrey, and Marcus Peters account for two-thirds of their interceptions on the year. Overall, Baltimore's defense, especially considering their high blitz-rate, should wreak havoc on the Los Angeles Rams' passing attack all day in Week 12. Jared Goff will likely have another long day at the office on Monday Night Football when he attempts to pick apart a secondary that has allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than one touchdown this season.