The New Orleans Saints will face Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald in Week 11 with a beleaguered offensive line. Could this season get any worse?
The Rams recently lost star wideout Cooper Kupp to an ankle injury, so there's some hope for NOLA this game. Yet given the battered state of the O-line, the Saints may run into the same offensive issues they've suffered all season long.
The Saints entered Week 10 without center Erik McCoy and left guard Andrus Peat, both of whom remain questionable to play against the Rams. To make matters worse, left tackle James Hurst suffered a concussion against the Steelers and will enter protocol. That means the Saints could roll out three backup O-linemen against the Rams' stout defensive line.
This matchup in the trenches could get very, very ugly.
Saints' injured offensive line has no chance against Rams' Aaron Donald
A player like Aaron Donald needs no explanation. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year is arguably the most elite defensive tackle in the league and has made a Hall-of-Fame career out of terrorizing offensive lines.
Donald has five sacks in nine games so far, and he's definitely looking to ramp up that total against the Saints in Week 11. Regardless who starts at quarterback for NOLA, the offensive line will likely struggle to contain Donald and as a result, the passing and run game may sputter once more.
If McCoy, Peat, and Hurst aren't ready to go, expect Josh Andrews, Landon Young, and either Lewis Kidd or Calvin Throckmorton to take starting snaps.
No one is safe from the alien defender that is Aaron Donald.