Takeaway V: Rams red zone offense was incredible
Let’s talk about the LA Rams red zone offensive performance in Super Bowl LVI. The Rams were a perfect three-for-three in Super Bowl LVI. That is not exactly how they were rolling in the playoffs. In fact, despite winning all three playoff games, the Rams red zone proficiency was a dismal seven out of 15 attempts before the Super Bowl.
But where there are challenges, the LA Rams have opportunities to improve. And the offense clearly went to work to fix that dismal showing. Of course, it would have been much more impressive if the Rams had the strength to run with the football. But that is a topic for another article.
In this one, the LA Rams flexed the passing attack muscle against the Bengals suspect secondary. While the Bengals’ safeties played top-notch, the Rams receivers outclassed their cornerbacks. In the red zone, those mismatches became the focus of the Rams’ passing attack. And the results, a perfect three touchdown for three red-zone visits, speak for themselves.
Now keep in mind that much of that occurred without WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Robert Woods, TE Tyler Higbee, nor even TE Johnny Mundt. That’s a lot of offensive firepower sitting it out. But both Woods and Higbee will return in 2022, and the Rams may extend both OBJ and Mundt as well. Then there are the rookies: Tutu Atwell (who is reportedly bulking up) and Jacob Harris; and the Rams passing attack could be even better next season.
A lot of positive takeaways, a lot to build on. But perhaps, most of all, the LA Rams proved that their unique approach works, build an NFL Champion and that the team can sustain success simply by repeating the process.