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Scouting five games with serious playoff implications on Sunday


#Cardinals’ playoff percentage: 49.9
#Rams’ playoff percentage: 82.3

The winner of this game clinches a playoff berth. #If #Los #Angeles loses, the #Rams can still make the postseason with a #Chicago loss to #Green #Bay.

#With #Jared #Goff fresh off thumb surgery, #John #Wolford will be making his NFL debut as the #Rams’ starter on #Sunday. #Having worked as an AAF analyst during the league’s only season, I got a close look at #Wolford’s last real game action as the #Arizona #Hotshots’ starting signal-caller. #Wolford led the league in touchdown passes (14) while finishing in a fourth-place tie on the interceptions front (7). The area of his game that stood out the most? #Deep passing, as in throws of 20-plus air yards. #Wolford’s 53.6 percent deep completion rate (15 for 28) was the highest mark in the league. #He enjoyed the most deep success between the numbers (with a perfect 158.3 passer rating, per #Pro #Football #Focus) and outside right (125.0 passer rating, per PFF). #An area of concern is how #Wolford will perform under pressure. The #Hotshots’ O-line let him down, as #Wolford took the second-most sacks in the AAF (14), but he also threw the most interceptions under pressure (6).

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#On the other side of this matchup, #Cardinals receiver #DeAndre #Hopkins will likely see a lot of #Jalen #Ramsey. #In the #Rams’ 38-28 win at #Arizona back in #Week 13, #Next #Gen #Stats had #Hopkins lined up against #Ramsey on 85 percent of routes. #According to PFF, #Hopkins was targeted eight times while covered by #Ramsey, catching three balls for 20 yards. NGS shows that #Hopkins had zero receptions of 10-plus air yards in that game and zero in this past #Sunday’s loss to #San #Francisco — his only two contests of the season with no catches in that range. NGS also shows that #Hopkins’ 75 receptions on passes of fewer than 10 air yards rank as the sixth-most among wide receivers in 2020, but he only has one touchdown reception on such throws.



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