Are the LA Rams one of the NFL’s Top-5 offenses this year?

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Reasons for a Top-5 offense

The LA Rams spent over half of the 2021 NFL season trying to figure out ways to make quarterback Matthew Stafford feel warm and fuzzy running the offense. It just so turned out that Stafford likes it a bit rough and raw. What do I mean?

The Rams stockpiled speedy receivers to stretch the field. But over time, the team discovered that Stafford prefers to thread the needle, placing the ball where his receiver can catch it despite good coverage. That is why Cooper Kupp set a franchise single-season receiving yards record. It’s why free agent Odell Beckham Jr. was good for nearly a touchdown per game. And it’s why the LA Rams believe that wide receiver Allen Robinson will be perfectly suited for this offense.

Speaking of Robinson, his signing allows the Rams to put Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, and Tyler Higbee on the football field simultaneously. All four players are capable of putting up 1000-yard seasons. But Kupp nearly broke a 2000 receiving yard season. If the Rams had played their offensive starters thoughout all 17 games, both Kupp and Stafford would have shattered even more records.  And unlike 2021, no opponent on the 2022 NFL schedule appears to be such a pushover as to compel the Rams to pull their starters from the game to close out the fourth quarter.

What about that running game? The Rams would be hard-pressed to do any worse than their 25-ranked rushing offense from a year ago. And despite a turnstile at the wide receiver position, the LA Rams ended the 2021 NFL season with the fifth-ranked passing offense. The Rams should be much better at passing the ball this year.

While the Rams are starting two new players on the offensive line, this time the Rams have given LT Joseph Noteboom a substantial trial run and he has passed with flying colors to this point. And while the right guard position may end up in the hands of rookie Logan Bruss, I believe that he could be an outstanding NFL player, even in his rookie season.

In the end, I suppose it all comes down to whether or not you see the glass as either half empty or half full.

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