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Los Angeles Rams paying a visit to Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2).
LA and Oakland were two of the busiest teams in the NFL this offseason, with the Rams going on the league’s biggest shopping spree and the Raiders handing Gruden $100 million to leave the announcer’s booth and return to the sideline.
Once they get on the field, however, it seems fairly clear that one of these teams has a major advantage over the other in almost every area of the game.
Let’s walk through exactly why the Rams seem so likely to take the Raiders to school on Monday night.
When the Raiders have the ball
The Rams had one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, ranking 12th in points allowed (seventh in points allowed per drive) and sixth in defensive efficiency, as determined by Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA.
They then went out and added more defensive talent than anybody in the league this offseason.
First came a trade for star Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who has more interceptions than any player in the NFL since he entered the league.
They followed that up with a deal for former Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, who has been one of the best defensive backs in the league for years.
And after he was cut loose by the Dolphins, the Rams then brought in Ndamukong Suh, giving them the best interior defensive line duo in the NFL now that Suh is paired with Aaron Donald in the middle of Wade Phillips’ defense.
The Rams already had one of the NFL’s best pass defenses, as Phillips’ unit ranked 12th in yards allowed per attempt, fifth in opponents passer rating, and third in pass defensive DVOA in 2017.
They were strong against the pass in every area: 12th in DVOA against No. 1 receivers, fourth against No. 2 receivers, seventh against all other receivers, 19th against tight ends, and ninth against running backs.
They were 11th on passes to the left side, fourth on passes to the middle and fifth on passes to the right; fifth against deep passes and ninth against short passes. They essentially had zero weaknesses.
And now they have upgrade in a big way at three of the most important positions on defense. It stands to reason that they’ll be even more difficult to throw against in 2018.
And because of the additions of Peters and Talib, they’ll be able to trust their cornerbacks on an island even more often.
That will allow Phillips to drop an extra defender into the box more often, improving the team’s run defense.
And considering Suh is a wrecker against the run in his own right, he should have a strong impact on the team’s ability to stop the run as well.