Lack of intimidation intimidating
The 2018 LA Rams offense was feared throughout the NFL. The team could score 30+ points routinely and do so in a number of ways. The 2020 version of the Rams offense seems to be episodic. In one game TE Tyler Higbee scores three touchdowns. Then he goes off the radar for the remainder of the season. In another game, Gerald Everett has a big game. Then he too falls off the radar. To be honest, there is no receiver that intimidates on the Rams roster this season.
Top wide receiver Cooper Kupp has gone five games without finding the end zone. His teammate Robert Woods has one receiving touchdown in the past three games. The LA Rams have a much better offensive line, and a stronger running game this year than in 2019. But quarterback Jared Goff’s production has fallen and is now trending like the 2019 season. While Goff has definitely improved on his interception rate, he is fumbling the ball at a much more frequent rate.
Rams need more offense to win on this playoff run
After each game, we hear about being close to scoring. Both head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff talk about the ‘almost there’ plays and how close they are to becoming an offensive juggernaut. Well, close only counts with artillery and horseshoes. So far, the defense is doing their part. The special teams? Well, they are trying to get it together. It was the Rams offense, back from 2019, that was projected to have the upper hand this season.
Yet the offense is the most concerning right now. Yes, special teams is not a league leader. But the expectation was somewhat subdued with a new coordinator and kicker. The offense, on the other hand, is starting to be a concern. While the Rams are the 11th-ranked passing offense in yards and seventh-ranked offense overall in terms of yardage, they are the 19th-ranked scoring offense this year.
hat is a concerning drop-off from a team that was the second-ranked scoring offense in 2018, and eleventh-ranked scoring offense in 2019. Keep an eye on this offense. If it does not show signs of improvement, this could be a white-knuckle finish to the season.