Can Rams Defensive Line Keep Up the Heat in Atlanta?

Can Rams Defensive Line Keep Up the Heat in Atlanta?

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams watches from the sidelines during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

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by Football StL Staff

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 8:08 PM

 (FootballStL) -- The Rams will face an Atlanta Falcons offense on Sunday that scored just 17 points in their opening week loss to the New Orleans Saints.

 Meanwhile, the Rams defense will look to pressure quarterback Matt Ryan with their red hot pass rush, as they did against Carson Palmer last week against Arizona. “We did a solid job,” said Rams Defensive Coordinator Tim Walton.

“We still have a lot of work to do on some things, but we made plays when we needed to pull the game out. Obviously, the guys up front played really well and they came through. They got some sacks and pressured the quarterback and helped get the ball out quicker at the end.”

 Robert Quinn was the NFC's Defensive Player of the week after his 3 sack and 2 forced fumble output in the Rams win over the Arizona Cardinals. Quinn's speed off the edge will present problems for Atlanta's left tackle Sam Baker. “He had an outstanding game, ”said  Tim Walton.

" He flew around and he had sacks, he had quarterback pressures, quarterback hits. He affected it really good and that’s the strength of our team, those guys up front. But, he did an outstanding job.”

 Quinn got some help inside from tackles Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers. "Those guys pushed the pocket, and the quarterback couldn't really step up, "said Walton. " They were able to get him to have to throw the ball outside a little bit more and not down the middle."

 

 

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