Rams desperately need Brandin Cooks against Ravens to have fighting chance

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Brandin Cooks is expected to play for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12 with the Baltimore Ravens coming to town.

As impressive as it was to watch the Los Angeles Rams take down the Chicago Bears on Sunday night in front of a national audience, it clear just how much the offense missed Brandin Cooks in the passing game.

For the second game in a row, Cooks was forced to watch from the sidelines after the Rams speedster suffered a concussion back in October during the team’s trip to London in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rightfully so, Los Angeles realizes that Cooks being healthy is always going to be the most important factor, and it was sort of a relief to see him gain some extra rest since this concussion was his second just from the month of October alone.

Some questioned whether Cooks would even play again for the Rams this season since two concussions within the same month is a major reason for concern, but it appears the wideout is on track to return for Monday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Normally over the years, the Ravens have established a reputation for having one of the top defenses in the league every season, but their offense led by Lamar Jackson has taken things to new levels in 2019.

Thanks to Jackson making a strong case to earn MVP honors along with the defense continuing to find ways to come up big, Baltimore has been considered the top team to beat in the AFC over the last few weeks.

Take this into consideration along with how the Rams looked on offense this past Sunday without Cooks and Robert Woods, it’s easy to understand the importance of Los Angeles having their speedster back for Monday night.

All due respect to Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds since they certainly did a solid job on offense to help defeat the Bears, but even these two can only do so much on their own without Cooks or Woods in the lineup.

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Plenty could happen from now until Monday night, but just the fact that Cooks is expected to return for Week 12 is a huge sign for the Rams, and will hopefully provide a much needed spark if he can in fact play against the Ravens.