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Author: Jon Kuzma
When the Los Angeles Rams signed Ndamukong Suh last off-season everyone knew that LA was getting a great player. The veteran defensive tackle has a reputation for dominating in the trenches and pairing him up with Aaron Donald seemed like the perfect combination. Yet when it was time to show up Donald finished with 20.5 sacks and Suh only had 4.5. That was a little bit concerning because it seemed like the 2010 1st round pick (Suh) was starting to lose a step. All of that was put to rest when the playoffs rolled around. You could tell he flipped a switch and that was obvious by how much tenacity this guy brought to Wade Phillip’s group. Suh was a terror against the run and he recorded 1.5 sacks against the New Orleans Saints. Clearly that NFC Championship game was the biggest contest up to this point. Now Suh is going to do his best to wreak havoc against the Patriots. Tom Brady presents a unique challenge and you can’t beat New England unless you get to their legendary quarterback. In fact none of the Patriots’ opponents (Chargers, Chiefs) have been able to sack Brady and that’s going to be a challenge that Suh takes seriously. Believe it not Donald hasn’t been able to generate must of a pass rush in the postseason (0 sacks) and that means Suh can come through and be the hero. New England will double-team Donald often and Suh must be able to win in those one on one match-ups. Ideally everyone will be playing at a high level and Los Angeles will have to force some turnovers too. Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters need to intercept a couple of passes and that starts with rattling Brady upfront. The game is won and loss at the line of scrimmage and then the linebackers and secondary have to get some takeaways. So Suh needs to be in top form and get into the offensive backfield if he wants to help his team win the Super Bowl.
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Ndamukong stepped up for the Los Angeles Rams when it was crunch time.