StubHub’s 2018 NFL Preview shows Los Angeles Rams

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StubHub’s 2018 NFL Preview shows Los Angeles Rams

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are one of the NFL’s trendiest teams Despite the fact that Los Angeles Rams’ fans may not see the team’s star players much - if at all - during the 2018 preseason Limited Lamarcus Joyner Jersey Salute to Service , excitement surrounding the upcoming year continues to grow as we inch toward Week 1. Having made an abrupt about-face under head coach Sean McVay last year, the reigning NFC West champs look to be in for an even bigger year in 2018. Some even feel the Rams have the goods to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. And Rams’ fans eagerness is reflected in the sales. StubHub, in conjunction with eBay, recently published their second annual NFL preview.The results display that Rams’ fans are very enthusiastic about the impending season, and are willing to open up their wallets to support their favorite team. Top 10 most in-demand teamsThe Rams land at No. 10 on StubHub’s regular season ticket sales rankings — just behind theSeattle Seahawks and four spots behind divisional foe San Francisco 49ers. It’s an impressive jump for the Rams, who dropped in at No. 21 this time last year. Top fantasy players based on eBay sales volumeRunning backs rule the list, and Rams’ rusher - and reigning Offensive Player of the Year - Todd Gurley lands at No. 6 on StubHub’s list, which ranks players based on eBay sales volume. Additionally, eBay has some more in-depth results based on their own sales and search volume. Of note, the Rams - who rank 6th on ESPN’s power rankings - land at No. 25 for eBay search volume. The Los Angeles Chargers land dead last for both search and sales volume. Whose house?!Top 10 most in-demand NFL games of 2018The Rams have no shortage of exciting match-ups this season, with five primetime games on their slate and a rematch against the reigning Super Bowl champions. But based on StubHub sales figures, fans aren’t looking forward to any of those contests as much as they are the Rams Week 8 game when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The good news for Rams’ fans is that they’ll also be watching them for less than half of what folks are paying to see the Packers in New England.Trending NFL teamsBased on a five year analysis of StubHub’s ticket sales, no team in the NFL has seen a higher increase in ticket sales than the LA Rams (120%). That comes as no surprise considering the Rams, aside from last season, were incapable of eclipsing the seven win hurdle. Ticket sales are up 84% from last year. Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans are...buying a lot more tickets than last year.Most in-demand Week 1 gamesRams at Raiders on Monday Night Football? No dice.Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings: Scouting report shows strength on strength matchups on display So far Rodger Saffold Jersey , 2018 hasn’t gone quite as Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer would have hoped. On paper, the Vikings were considered perhaps the most stacked team in the NFL heading into the season. However, through their first three games the Vikings currently stand at a perfectly symmetrical record of 1-1-1.OffenseBattling through injuries, the Vikings offensive line, once considered a team-strength, has struggled mightily. Center Pat Elflein is working his way back, and will be a major upgrade over his substitute, Brent Grimes. But the line’s struggles certainly run deeper. Last week against Buffalo, tackles Riley Reiff and Rashod Hill allowed a ridiculous 20 pressures on quarterback Kirk Cousins. Overall, according to Pro Football Focus, Cousins was pressured on 32 of his 60 dropbacks. Needless to say, it was difficult for Cousins to find a rhythm, and consequently he fumbled the ball away twice. Also of note, left tackle Reiff may not be able to play against the Rams, which could spell disaster for Minnesota.The lack of control up front not only hurt Cousins ability to match his Week 1 and Week 2 performances Mark Barron Jersey , it has also hurt the Vikings ability to run the ball. Of course, playing from behind early is the primary reason the Minnesota abandoned running the ball against Buffalo, but they were also missing starting running back Dalvin Cook. Cook, who hurt his hamstring against the Packers in Week 2, has had limited participation in practice this week, but may play against the Rams.The strength of the Minnesota offense is their passing attack, where Cousins will look to pick apart the Rams makeshift secondary with some of the best tools in the NFL: wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, along with tight end Kyle Rudolph. With Aqib Talib out, and Marcus Peters highly questionable for Thursday, the Rams will rely heavily on the ability of their pass rush to disrupt Cousins, as they did last week against Philip Rivers.DefenseOn defense the Vikings were one of the best units in the league last season. So far this season, they’re 10th in in yards allowed and 16th in points allowed. Despite the early drop-off, they are loaded at every level and should be a real test for the Rams high-octane offense.Nothing will come easy up the gut with big Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson manning the interior of the Vikings defensive line. The zone run-schemes where Todd Gurley normally feasts won’t come easy either, with speedsters at linebacker like former UCLA standouts Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr going sideline to sideline, along with help from safety Harrison Smith. Last season the Vikings were 2nd in the league in rushing yards allowed; yet Rob Havenstein Jersey Salute to Service , the Vikings have given up over 100 yards per game so far, so on a short week the Rams dominant offensive line has a chance to do some serious work, and possibly control the game.The Vikings will miss the services of defensive end Everson Griffen, who is out dealing with personal issues. They will rely on their other defensive end Danielle Hunter to be able to apply some heat to Jared Goff. If Goff is able to consistently sit back in the pocket, then Minnesota’s talented corners will likely fair no better than Casey Hayward or Patrick Peterson did in the Rams’ previous two games. If his injured ankle checks out, look for Trae Waynes to try to pick up Rams deep threat Brandin Cooks, leaving Xavier Rhodes to likely guard Robert Woods more often. First round cornerback Mike Hughes will also see plenty of time, as the Vikings try to slow the Rams potent triad of receivers.What might happenLook for the Rams to try to punch the Vikings in the mouth early, and reduce the Vikings to a one-dimensional offense, as Buffalo did last week. The Vikings will try to clean up their turnovers and play a cleaner game this week, but we’ll see what they look like traveling west on a short week. It’s hard to picture such a talented team falling to 1-2-1, but if the Rams can beat the hope out of them early, that’s just what they’ll be. One thing is for sure, expect the Vikings best shot with their backs against the wall.

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