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Behind Enemy Lines 2015: Rams Edition

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The Redskins on Sunday take on the Rams in a 2015 Week 2 matchup at FedExField. StLouisRams.com Team Insider Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons on Twitter) gives us an insider's look at St. Louis heading into the matchup.*


Redskins.com:The Rams opened their season with an emotionally-charged overtime victory over a very good Seahawks team. What was the feeling in the locker room after that win, and I know it's very, very early, but what could it mean, big-picture wise, for the team this season?

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Simmons: **"There was a lot of elation in that locker room on Sunday afternoon, and for good reason. No matter who is or is not on the field, it's always significant when a team can beat a division rival that represented the NFC in the last two Super Bowls. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that win was a nice reward for all of the players, as they had put so much time and effort into coming back this season prepared to make the next step as a team.

As for what it could mean going forward, it's difficult to say at this point. I did find it interesting that linebacker James Laurinaitis said with the Rams' new practice schedule (Thursday off instead of Tuesday), players put the Seattle win behind them sooner and moved on to studying Washington. I'm not sure how that will play out on Sunday, but it does show the locker room feels like there is more to be accomplished than just beating the Seahawks."

Redskins.com:The Rams this offseason acquired a quarterback very well known to Redskins fans in Nick Foles. You can obviously look at his numbers over the past few years and see he's a good decision maker, but why is he a good fit for this St. Louis offense?

Simmons:"First and foremost, I feel like I have to mention Foles' leadership. He has developed such strong relationships with his teammates, and that's a huge credit to him. Foles talked from Day 1 about the importance of building trust, and he's done it. I think it shows in how his teammates talk about him. I've been really impressed by that.

But when it comes to his work between the white lines, Foles is a quarterback who can get the ball downfield. That's important because the Rams are built to have a strong running attack that can utilize play action in order to spread the ball around. Foles has also shown a good ability to move around in the pocket to extend plays with his feet. I think that came through in particular in the fourth quarter last week on 3rd-and-15, when Foles found Kenny Britt for a 21-yard pass to keep the drive alive."

Redskins.com: Aaron Donald: two sacks vs. the Seahawks. Robert Quinn: two sacks vs. the Seahawks. Now, the Redskins just opened their season against a team, the Dolphins, with a very, very good defensive front, but do you think the Rams can make the claim that Donald, Quinn and Co. comprise the best defensive front in the league?

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Simmons: **"I do think that's their goal. Laurinaitis has said in the past that the Rams want to be a Top 5 defense in any statistical category you can think of. They believe they have the talent and requisite experience to do so, especially considering that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is back for a second year. It's the first time under Fisher that the Rams have had a D coordinator for consecutive seasons.

This is a situation where you've got five former first-round picks across the defensive line. And they aren't just satisfied with having a reputation -- they want to live up to it. It was important for the entire defense to start fast, and they accomplished that last week by going out and getting six sacks. Now they just have to find a way to keep it going."

Redskins.com:Who is one player that isn't getting much attention that Redskins fans should know about heading into this matchup?

Simmons:"I think I might single out the tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks. At this point, everyone knows the strengths of players like Aaron Donald and Tavon Austin, who were named NFC Defensive Player of the Week and NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively. And I'm sure Washington fans are plenty familiar with Foles, given that he was in the NFC East for the first three years of his career.

But Cook and Kendricks are major contributors to St. Louis' offense. Cook led the Rams in receptions last year and Kendricks led the club in touchdown receptions. It was the same last week, as Cook caught five passes for 85 yards, and Kendricks made the Rams' one touchdown reception. Both have displayed some strong chemistry with Foles and could be major contributors not just on Sunday, but also throughout the rest of the season."

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1) There was a lot of elation in that locker room on Sunday afternoon, and for good reason. No matter who is or is not on the field, it's always significant when a team can beat a division rival that represented the NFC in the last two Super Bowls. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that win was a nice reward for all of the players, as they had put so much time and effort into coming back this season prepared to make the next step as a team. 

 

As for what it could mean going forward, it's difficult to say at this point. I did find it interesting that linebacker James Laurinaitis said with the Rams' new practice schedule (Thursday off instead of Tuesday), players put the Seattle win behind them sooner and moved on to studying Washington. I'm not sure how that will play out on Sunday, but it does show the locker room feels like there is more to be accomplished than just beating the Seahawks. 

 

 

2. First and foremost, I feel like I have to mention Foles' leadership. He has developed such strong relationships with his teammates, and that's a huge credit to him. Foles talked from Day 1 about the importance of building trust, and he's done it. I think it shows in how his teammates talk about him. I've been really impressed by that. 

 

But when it comes to his work between the white lines, Foles is a quarterback who can get the ball downfield. That's important because the Rams are built to have a strong running attack that can utilize play action in order to spread the ball around. Foles has also shown a good ability to move around in the pocket to extend plays with his feet. I think that came through in particular in the fourth quarter last week on 3rd-and-15, when Foles found Kenny Britt for a 21-yard pass to keep the drive alive. 

 

3) I do think that's their goal. Laurinaitis has said in the past that the Rams want to be a Top 5 defense in any statistical category you can think of. They believe they have the talent and requisite experience to do so, especially considering that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is back for a second year. It's the first time under Fisher that the Rams have had a D coordinator for consecutive seasons. 

 

This is a situation where you've got five former first-round picks across the defensive line. And they aren't just satisfied with having a reputation -- they want to live up to it. It was important for the entire defense to start fast, and they accomplished that last week by going out and getting six sacks. Now they just have to find a way to keep it going. 

 

4) I think I might single out the tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks. At this point, everyone knows the strengths of players like Aaron Donald and Tavon Austin, who were named NFC Defensive Player of the Week and NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively. And I'm sure Washington fans are plenty familiar with Foles, given that he was in the NFC East for the first three years of his career. 

  But Cook and Kendricks are major contributors to St. Louis' offense. Cook led the Rams in receptions last year and Kendricks led the club in touchdown receptions. It was the same last week, as Cook caught five passes for 85 yards, and Kendricks made the Rams' one touchdown reception. Both have displayed some strong chemistry with Foles and could be major contributors not just on Sunday, but also throughout the rest of the season. 

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