NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-6) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-4)
WEEK 14 // THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/4/16: Rams 10 at Patriots 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/92: Rams 14, Patriots 0
QB CAM NEWTON completed 12 of 19 passes (63.2 pct.) for 69 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs & rushed for 48 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 4th game with 2+ rush TDs this season, most by QB in single season in NFL history. Has TD pass, 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 2 of 3 career games vs. Rams. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 0 INTs. Leads QBs with 11 rush TDs this season, his 3rd-career season with 10+ rush TDs, most by QB in NFL history. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 road games this season. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. RB SONY MICHEL had 58 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Rushed for 94 yards & TD in SB LIII vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 110+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 50+ rec. yards. Has 17 catches for 228 yards (114 per game) in his past 2 in primetime. WR DAMIERE BYRD has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 7 catches for 74 yards & TD in only career game vs. LAR (12/29/19 with Az.). Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC West with 70+ rec. yards. WR GUNNER OLSZEWSKI had 70-yard PR-TD & TD catch in Week 13. • CB J.C. JACKSON had 7th INT of season last week, 2nd-most in NFL. Has INT in 3 of past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row in primetime with INT. CB STEPHON GILMORE had PD in Week 13. Had INT & FF in SB LIII vs. LAR & has 5 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. LAR, incl. postseason. Has 8 PD in his past 2 on TNF. DE ADAM BUTLER aims for 3rd in row with sack & PD. DL CHASE WINOVICH had 1st-career INT last week.
QB JARED GOFF passed for 351 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 104.9 rating last week, his 25th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Leads NFL with 14 games of 350+ pass yards since 2017. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 1,287 pass yards (321.8 per game) & 9 TDs vs. INT for 116.5 rating in 4 career starts on TNF. • RB CAM AKERS (rookie) had career-high 94 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 74 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 25 rec.) & rush TD last week. • WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 10 receptions for 85 yards last week, his 6th-career game with 10+ catches. Aims for his 4th in row with 80+ rec. yards & 6th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 5 catches for 70 yards in SB LIII vs. NE. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on TNF. WR COOPER KUPP had 8 receptions for 73 yards last week. Has 18 receptions for 279 yards (139.5 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in his past 2 on TNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 9+ catches, 115+ rec. yards & TD catch. Kupp (74) & Woods (71) are only pair of WR teammates each with 70+ catches this season. TE TYLER HIGBEE had TD catch last week. • DL AARON DONALD had sack in Week 13. Has 11 sacks in 2020, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 83 career sacks, tied 5th-most by player in 1st 7 seasons since 1982. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & 7 TFL in 6 career games on TNF. CB TROY HILL had 35-yard INT-TD last week & is 1 of 2 defensive players (JEREMY CHINN) with 2 defensive TDs this season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX/NFLN/Amazon (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Spero Dedes, Terrell Davis SIRIUS: 81 (NE), 83 (LAR) | XM: 226 (NE), 225 (LAR), 88 (National)