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The LA Rams pass rush was one of the most devastating in the NFL through the 2021 NFL season. Then, when the playoffs hit, it got better. By the time the LA Rams faced the Cincinnati Bengals? It was red hot. It was so good, in fact, that more than 10 percent (10.94 percent to be more exact) of the Rams’ 64 tackles were quarterback sacks. The defense got crucial sacks from Von Miller (2), Aaron Donald (2), Leonard Floyd (1), Ernest Jones (1), and A’Shawn Robinson (1).
It was that relentless pressure that forced the Bengals to run their offense based upon what the LA Rams would allow in the game. And there has been some debate over the fact that a missed facemask/offensive pass interference penalty that should have been called against Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins would have taken a 75-yard touchdown off the board. In the end, the LA Rams front seven applied tremendous pressure on the Bengals quarterback.
The LA Rams, pending their ability to extend Von Miller, could be just as devastating in 2022. The Rams love to get after the quarterback, and Von Miller, Leonard Floyd, and Aaron Donald add almost a trio of All-Pro effectiveness at bringing down opposing passers.
Record-setting Stafford: Part II
When the LA Rams dealt a substantial cache of valued picks plus a starting-caliber quarterback named Jared Goff to acquire QB Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, the Rams believed that Stafford would be the one player on offense who would put the team over the top. Funny thing is, they (GM Les Snead and HC Sean McVay) were 100 percent correct. Stafford, in just his first year, set the Rams Franchise Single-Season Passing Yards Record. He tied the Rams Franchise Single-Season Passing Touchdowns Record. He even topped the Rams Franchise Single-Season Passing Completion Record.
Now, what can he do in his second year on this team?
Well, it’s pretty clear that after starting out as 0-3 in the NFL Playoffs in the past, his 4-0 run with the LA Rams team was pretty impressive. And that was all done on the backs of WR Cooper Kupp, WR Odell Beckham Jr., and some contributions from other receivers.
The LA Rams should see a huge bump in the return of a healthy Robert Woods to the offense in 2022. Van Jefferson, now in his third season, will need to step up in this offense, particularly in his completion percentage. Even beyond that, the overall offense will benefit from a more rounded offensive assault. But the truth is that Matthew Stafford not only has proven that he can win the Big Game, but as we witnessed in Super Bowl LVI, he can win the game when little else is working on the offensive game plan