NFL Week 2 Matchups: Everything you need to know
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By Doug Farrar

The sweep concept has become a major part of the Rams’ offense—they ran a ton of receiver motions and sweep handoffs against the Raiders. Head coach Sean McVay loves to run his receivers across the formation as possible ballcarriers, and he’ll use that several times per game to create defensive confusion—what McVay wants is not only to get explosive run plays with his receivers but also to take front-seven defenders away from running back Todd Gurley.

Those sweeps and sweep motions didn’t work every time in Week 1 because Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther trains his players to be hyper-disciplined against misdirection of all kinds. Arizona’s defense is a bit more aggressive so the Rams might break a few big plays with this plan.

As for Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford, he had a disturbingly bad game against the Washington Redskins, and the Rams’ defense isn’t going to be any more charitable. Bradford completed 20 of 34 passes for 154 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Perhaps the most disturbing part of Bradford’s Week 1 performance is how often he struggled to complete simple short...



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