Playoff Rams stars shined
That lasted until the NFL Playoffs. In the post-season, the LA Rams were hurting on the back end of the defense with both starting safeties out throughout the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Rams offense would eventually welcome back running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr., events that would create a lot of optimism among the fanbase for the team’s chances.
But it was not an easy path to walk. Ultimately, the LA Rams needed to rely on the team’s stars to show up, which they did. The Rams offense was propelled by the incredible chemistry that had developed between WR Cooper Kupp and veteran QB Matthew Stafford. When the Rams needed an alternative target for Stafford, there was Odell Beckham Jr. creating separation in the secondary. But that was only part of the story.
The defensive front became formidable
The defense was formidable, thanks to the defensive front that included the likes of Leonard Floyd, Von Miller, Aaron Donald, A’Shawn Robinson, and Greg Gaines. Of course, the team entered the post-season with a defensive game plan that was rather dependent upon a fast pass rush. Thankfully, the defensive front was able to deliver.
The Rams roster was constructed in that way. In big games, the team’s elite players were expected to play elite football. It was clear that the LA Rams’ addition of outside linebacker Von Miller to the defense, and both running back Sony Michel plus wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. were purposefully aimed at delivering complexities to the Rams offense to make the job of defensive coordinators even more difficult. While the Rams all but benched Michel with the return of Cam Akers, Odell Beckham Jr. was well on his way to shining in Super Bowl LVI before his injury.
But what about the LA Rams defense?