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 by PARAM
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Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
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Our 3 possible WC opponents have all had mediocre to bad runs lately. Philly is 1-4 over their last 5. Dallas is 2-2** over their last 4. Detroit is 2-2 over their last 4. Here are their numbers for offense and defense during those spans.

Detroit (2-2)

Offense:
Passing Yards per game (232.8), 8 TD, 4 Int, 8 sacks
Rushing Yards per game (148.3), 6 TD
Points per game (26.8) 14 TD, 3 FG

Defense:
Passing Yards per game (273.5), 6 TD, 4 Int, 12 sacks
Rushing Yards per game (75.8) 4 TD
Points per game (22.8) 10 TD, 7 FG

Dallas (2-2)

Offense:
P Yds/G (231.8) 6 TD, 2 Int, 13 Sacks
R Yds/G (82.3) 2 TD
PPG (20.7) 8 TD, 9 FG

Defense:
P Yds/G (220.5) 3 TD, 2 Int, 4 Sacks
R Yds/G (147.0) 4 TD
PPG (19.7) 7 TD, 10 FG

Philly (1-4)

Offense:
P Yds/G (225.4) 5 TD, 4 Int, 5 Sacks
R Yds/G (118.2) 5 TD
PPG (22.6) 10 TD, 10 FG

Defense:
P Yds/G (235.4) 11 TD, 2 Int, 9 Sacks
R Yds/G (142.2) 6 TD
PPG (29.2) 17 TD, 9 FG

Sure Dallas is great at home and beat our Rams there, 43-20 injuring Stafford in the game. But look at the rest of their opponents they've played at home. NY Jets, Patriots, NY Giants, Washington, Seattle (who put up 35 pts), Philly (during their current skid) and Detroit (**which they actually lost) . They played the Rams in the middle of their 3 game skid, Philly in their 1-4 run, only scored 20 on Detroit and were beat, if not for a bogus penalty call. They lost their last home game in the postseason 23-17 to SF (2021).

Detroit should really be on a 3 game win streak. I had to look twice at the sack numbers; 12 sacks in 4 games is pretty good. They're putting up almost 27 PPG but allowing almost 23 PPG. Can Morris get in Goff's head or will Goff's extra incentive prevail?

I don't know what's wrong with Philly. Their offense isn't scoring like they had been. Their defense is giving up tons of points (almost 30 per game). We probably don't play them in the first round anyway.

Any of those matchups will be a chore for us but prior to the NYG game, we've been playing well. Over our last 7 games including the NYGs (6-1):

Our offense is averaging 262.1 P Yds/G, 141.7 R Yds/G for a total of 403.8. 16 passing TDs, 8 rushing TDs, 12 FGs (28.8 PPG), 11 sacks allowed and just 6 turnovers, 3 vs the Giants.

On defense we have improved. 256.9 P Yds/G, 83.7 R Yds/G, 16 TDs and 10 FGs allowed (20.3 PPG), 7 takeaways, 2 safeties and 19 sacks.

I don't think it matters where we play. If we play like we've played over our last 7 games, we have a good shot anywhere. The biggest question may be, will the kids overcome the postseason pressure? Or do they still not know, that they don't know? Either way, we're gonna watch some Rams postseason football, something very few expected, Rams fans and media experts (read: everything to gain and nothing to lose).

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