The LA Rams have a chance to run the horses wild today against Washington. The question is, will they run two RBs for 100 yards?
The LA Rams are aiming at a sweep of the NFC East. With each victory, the Rams have featured a different aspect of their team. Against the Dallas Cowboys, it was a dominating defense and a balanced offense. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, it was a backbreaking performance by tight end Tyler Higbee scoring three times. Against the New York Giants, it was a rigid defense and the huge arm of quarterback Jared Goff finding WR Cooper Kupp for a 55-yard touchdown.
Now, the LA Rams face a Washington Football team whose defense was built to stop the pass-happy NFC East teams. That has left them rather susceptible to a solid rushing attack. And throughout the past 20 games, that is not terminology that has described this LA Rams offense.
Gearing down to ground game
But this is a different LA Rams team, and they are about to push some people around this year. The Rams have proven to the rest of the NFL already that the passing offense needs to be feared. Washington has already proven very capable of pursuit. And the Rams are already showing their intention to attack Washington
After a first touchdown, it was clear that the LA Rams need to do more in this game than just score. Washington scored a touchdown with a well designed offensive drive, and with another bad play by the Rams special teams, they were able to put up the extra point and take a lead.
Running in the rain
The LA Rams are riding the hot hand of Jared Goff right now. Late in the second quarter, he is 13/14 for 194 yards and a touchdown. That’s a good thing for the Rams offense. Now about that ground game. The Rams will need to preserve the lead, give the defense some long drives, and seal this one up.
That’s a call for a running game. An outstanding opportunity for it, to be honest. For a driving rain, the Rams need to move the ball on the ground. Right now, the Rams offense has been 15 passes, 13 runs, and three touchdowns. After a silly poor decision near the end of the first half, the LA Rams gifted Washington a free three-points. But before that mistake, both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown
Rams need to take control
The LA Rams get the kickoff in the second half. While the Rams have rushed Darrell Henderson eight of the total 14 carries, I would look for the Rams to go heavy with Brown and Akers in the second half. Both had nice runs in the first half. Getting them the ball in the second half, particularly if it moves the ball down for an early score, would seal this game. Can the Rams put up two 100 yard rushers? If they have success with the running game, and commit to it? Yes.
But the game is not yet decided. Washington has already come back from a 17-0 deficit at home to win 27-17. The Rams need to control the ball, control the clock, and control the outcome of this one. How do they do that? Run the ball. The Rams are up on Washington 20-10. Time to walk away with a solid win.