No team fears this LA Rams offense, which is why it succeeds

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Subtle success

Imagine that. These Rams are putting up prime-Todd-Gurley-like-numbers without Gurley. That’s a huge factor in why these Rams are winning. But would anyone have guessed that? Teams cannot key on one running back, because this team has a trio of running backs, each with a different style, rhythm, and set of moves.

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The Rams are a run and defense team this year. The type of team that can make goal line stands, create a key turnover to save a win, and shut down unstoppable offenses. This is a team that can beat you in the air. But by games end, will have pushed the pile ahead on the ground often enough to walk away with a small margin victory.

No fear? No problem

No NFL team fears this LA Rams offense. Why should they? Statistically, this offense is just average. Visually, this team has few stars or even standout plays. And so far, this team has most certainly not strung together a series of surprising or dominating wins. That could change on Monday Night Football. But for now, the Rams are okay with allowing other teams to underestimate this multi-dimensional and still very dangerous offense.

The team is taking me back to the days of dominating on the ground and letting the defense do the rest. The NFL knows that the Rams can be a dangerous team at home. The team can prove it can be just as dangerous on the road with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. But this Rams team won’t win by striking fear into the Bucs, nor by intimidation. Instead. the key to success is simply letting the other team underestimate the Rams.

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After all, that’s the narrative this year anyways, right? So why not just play along and use it as an advantage?