Rob Havenstein ruled out again for Week 13 adds more pressure to Rams offensive line

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The Los Angeles Rams will be without Rob Havenstein for a third week in a row during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

When it comes to some of the biggest struggles surrounding the Los Angeles Rams from the 2019 season so far, there’s no question the inconsistent play of the offensive line ranks near the top of the list.

And with Rob Havenstein already being ruled out for Week 13 as a result of a knee injury, the offensive line is about to face even more pressure with the Rams preparing for a tough battle against the Arizona Cardinals.

Over the years, Havenstein has proven to be one of the most reliable members from the offensive line, and when looking at how much the unit has already struggled this year, no one needs to explain the terrible timing behind the injury with only five games remaining.

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Since the NFC West will most likely go to the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks unless some sort of miracle happens, the only way the Rams will be participating in the playoffs is by earning one of the Wild Card spots.

Unfortunately, this will be easier said than done since Los Angeles currently trails the Minnesota Vikings by two full games for the No. 6 seed in the NFC, which makes the Havenstein injury even more frustrating to deal with.

The Rams’ offense was already facing plenty of extra pressure heading into Sunday’s meeting with Arizona after Jared Goff went the entire month of November without tossing a single touchdown pass.

So with Havenstein missing a third game in a row, it will be interesting to see if the Rams offensive line can look as sharp as a few weeks ago during their win over the Chicago Bears to provide Goff with the necessary protection.

Otherwise, it will be even more difficult for Los Angeles to earn one of the playoff spots in the NFC playoffs, which would obviously be devastating after the previous expectations from the offseason since the Rams were supposed to be a serious Super Bowl contender.

Hopefully if all goes well on Sunday, Los Angeles will still find a way to pull off the win over Arizona without Havenstein in the lineup, and see the lineman get healthy enough for what will be another tough showdown in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks.