2. Dallas Goedert Finally Breaks Out
If Hurts his a big game as expected, then perhaps this is the week Goedert finally makes his mark on the offense.
Goedert has been painfully quiet to start the year, tallying just 13 catches on 19 targets for 88 yards. He's yet to find the end zone and only has one game with more than 25 receiving yards.
That's unacceptable for someone who's been one of the best tight ends in football over the last few years, and the blame falls on everyone. Johnson needs to do a better job scheming Goedert to get open, Hurts needs to do a better job looking for him and finding him, and Goedert needs to do a better job shaking defenders and making plays.
Goedert is long overdue for a big game, but I think we finally get it this week. The Rams are going to be too focused on stopping Brown, Smith and D'Andre Swift that they pay much attention to Goedert, allowjng the veteran tight end to get open and find space to operate.
Goedert should be set up for success here, especially if LA's defense pressures Hurts into getting rid of the ball quickly. He'll be looking Goedert's way in those situations, so the big tight end better be ready to catch the ball and make some plays.
We're not expecting a monster performance from Goedert or anything like that, but 50+ yards and maybe his first touchdown of the season could be in the cards.