The Rams have a star-studded defense, highlighted by a pair of Pro Bowl cornerbacks (Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib) and the best defensive tackle duo (Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh) in the NFL.
The weaknesses are few and far between, so if the Cardinals can identify one on Sunday, it’s critical to take advantage. The Rams only gave up 13 points in their opener against the Raiders but did allow Oakland tight end Jared Cook to have a big day. He caught nine passes for an NFL-high 180 yards.
Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has watched that tape back, and while 180 receiving yards might be a stretch, he sees a blueprint for success.
“They got matched up on linebackers a lot,” Seals-Jones said. “If I get my opportunity against a linebacker, I’ve just got to go win.”
Seals-Jones was targeted six times in the opener. He caught three passes for 19 yards. While he’s not yet a consistent offensive force, Seals-Jones has shown some promising flashes since joining the team as an undrafted free agent last year.
The Cardinals’ offense needs to pick it up in Week 2, and a big day from Seals-Jones would help that cause.
“If I use my speed and my technique, my ability how I can get open, it will be a good game for me,” Seals-Jones said. “I’ve just got to go in, do the game plan and do my magic.”