Brandin Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 11 when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Chicago Bears.
To say the Los Angeles Rams missed Brandin Cooks in the lineup during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers would be a huge understatement after the offense failed to even record a single touchdown in the 17-12 loss.
With Cooks still being unable to play after suffering a second concussion of the season during their Week 9 meeting in London with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Rams were hoping to see other players step up in the receiver’s absence.
While Josh Reynolds (three catches for 49 yards) did his best to take advantage of the extra playing time, the fact that Cooper Kupp failed to record a single catch shows how brutal this game really was on offense for Los Angeles.
Clearly, the presence of Cooks with his blazing speed was truly missed, and with the speedster already ruled out for the team’s Week 11 meeting with the Chicago Bears, it looks like Los Angeles will have another difficult challenge on their plates to overcome.
If the Rams struggled to put up points against a defense on the rise in the Steelers, one can only imagine what Sunday’s game against the Bears could have in store, especially when it comes to Jared Goff receiving the proper protection from the offensive line.
No one should be fooled by some of the recent struggles surrounding Chicago since their defense has proven to be capable of being one of the top units in the league at times.
The Rams rightfully felt confident enough in being able to adjust on offense entering Week 10 without Cooks in the lineup, but clearly this is turning out to be a bigger issue than originally expected.
Playing at home instead of a tough Pittsburgh environment could certainly help Los Angeles gain an extra advantage over Chicago in Week 11, but also it may not be as effective if the Rams struggle to see others step up with the absence of Cooks.
Some Rams fans can say whatever they want about Cooks, and make a case his presence isn’t as valuable as other players on offense, but Sunday was the perfect example of why his absence could be costly again in Week 11.
And with the way the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are playing at the moment, the Rams aren’t in the best position to suffer another loss during Week 11 as a result of poor play on offense.