Rams' Barron, Cooper active for playoff meeting with Falcons

Sean McVay

Their roster has only six players with National Football League postseason experience, and they're led by the youngest head coach ever to earn a playoff berth.

McVay and Phillips seemed to be an odd-couple pairing when they first teamed up last January, but they've reveled in their differences.

The comparisons are well known, with many saying Goff is the next Matt Ryan.

The Los Angeles Rams will indeed have a key piece of the team's defense on Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons. He also was limited in practice this week with a shoulder injury from the Rams' regular-season finale.

In a year where left was right and up was down, the Los Angeles Rams going from 4-12 to 11-5 should be an acceptable form of a new normal in an National Football League where what was, isn't necessarily what will be, moving forward.

The game between the Falcons and Rams will kick off at 8:15 EST and will be televised on NBC.

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to 19-13 with 10:49 to play, but the Falcons made another drive highlighted by that lovely screen pass from a blitz-avoiding Bryant to Sanu.

Even more impressive is the fact that three of those field goals are from 56, 51 and 54 yards out.

In some respects, the Falcons could now been seen as playing with house money.

The Rams reached the postseason by winning the NFC West. Until I see how they handle it, give me the team that's been there before.

The young Rams served notice of their vast potential with a 42-7 shellacking of the Seahawks - who had won the NFC West three of the previous four years - in Seattle two weeks ago.

Saturday night's clash at the LA Coliseum is expected to be the tie of the round.

Meanwhile, Goff followed up an historically bad rookie season by finishing 2017 in the top five of numerous most important individual quarterback stats. "When I say that, I have a whole lot of respect for experience and what that does and the value that it provides". "I mean I'm not 100 percent, but this actually probably is the best I've felt in a couple of months, so I'm feeling pretty good".

Linebacker Mark Barron, who has a sore Achilles, was also a concern. But these are two vastly different teams now.

There has been much hand-wringing over the Atlanta Falcons' failure to get the ball into the hands of Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones in the red zone.

Hooper has averaged just 2.6 catches for 20.9 yards in his last 7 games.

Ryan finished 21 of 30 for 218 yards.

He will need that ground game to get off to a strong start. The Falcons stopped the Rams again on downs at midfield with 1:08 left.

Both sides have an abundance of offensive talent, but the Rams probably have the edge defensively and will have the all important home advantage.

The biggest X-factor remains youth. They've played some really good teams and played well against them.

"I just look at the last ballgame". It's impossible to say until game time, but it's hard to believe McVay won't have his team prepared for Saturday's big game.

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