Losing Woods major blow for Rams’ offense

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Bad news for the Los Angeles Rams as the offense will have to adjust to playing without Robert Woods for at least a couple of weeks.

As if suffering an embarrassing loss wasn’t already frustrating enough for the Los Angeles Rams, Sean McVay‘s squad was the unfortunate victims of dealing with numerous injuries to key players as well, especially on offense with Robert Woods. At first, early reports made it seem like the wideout’s shoulder injury suffered in the fourth quarter against the Vikings was only minor, but unfortunately it looks like Woods is going to miss more time than originally expected, which is the last news the Rams wanted to see.

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For a team looking to continue building their case for a playoff run during the final six weeks of the regular season, losing Woods for a couple of weeks isn’t going to be easy for the offense to adjust to when looking at the impact he’s made as of late. Not only did Woods catch eight passes for 81 yards during Sunday’s game against Minnesota, but the wideout earned four trips into the end zone during the previous two games for Los Angeles, as he was quickly becoming one of the Jared Goff‘s favorite targets to work with.

In a way, Woods was considered one of the most underrated free agency moves for the Rams in the offseason after signing a five-year deal worth up to $39 million with the team, despite the fact that he only caught 12 touchdown passes in four seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills. But with an upgrade at quarterback in Goff, this season made it clear that all Woods truly needed was a fresh start in a better offense like Los Angeles to show what he was capable of on offense, both as a receiver and blocker.

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Teams hate to see key players go down with an injury during the final stretch of a regular season when playoffs are on the line, and while there are plenty of individuals who should be able to step up in Woods’ absence, it simply won’t be the same. Then again, if Woods manages to recover quicker than expected to return before the end of the regular season, this could still help the Rams secure a spot in the NFC playoff picture.