Sky is not falling on LA Rams offense in 2020

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The LA Rams will remain a top NFL passing offense in 2020

The sky is not falling on the LA Rams offense, running game, or passing game in 2020, chicken little. But you wouldn’t know that from the reports bombarding the national sports media right now. The latest of which is the precipitous drop in the projected 2020 passing game rankings by our friends over at Pro Football Focus, in their latest projections of 2020 NFL teams rankings of their passing offense.

Behind a shaky offensive line, the LA Rams remained one of the NFL elite passing offenses, ranking fourth in the entire NFL. Even if you factor out the higher volume of attempts, the Rams were 13th in the league in average yards per attempt. While the Rams did lose WR Brandin Cooks, the team will likely promote wide receiver Josh Reynolds, add rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson, look to pass the ball more to both tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, and even add a new tight end target to the mix in rookie Brycen Hopkins.

Rams’ offense reputation falling from the sky

Somehow that will drop the Rams to 15th in the league? Only three teams had better passing offenses than the LA Rams in 2019: Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Atlanta Falcons. That’s it.

Which teams are ranked above the Rams in PFFs projection? Bucs, Kansas City Chiefs, Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, LA Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles.  Of the group, the Broncos, Browns, Bills, and Cardinals were ranked in the bottom ten in 2019.

I’m all for optimism for teams welcoming new rookie quarterbacks.  But rankings set this early in the season are entirely speculation and controversial, aching for fans to click, view, review, and debate. Passing offense depends upon the quarterback, the receiver, the timing, and even the game situation. The Rams situation hasn’t changed for 2020.