LA Rams need to run offense through RB Malcolm Brown in Week 5

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LA Rams Roster Malcolm Brown
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The LA Rams enter Week 5 with one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most effective defenses in the NFL. Feels like an imminent disaster, right? Well, the Cowboys’ defense has been spectacular at stopping the pass. But when it comes to stuffing the run, they are not very good at all.

In fact, the Cowboys have allowed 550 yards on 110 carries, an average of 5.0 yards per run. That also equates to 27.5 carries and 137.5 yards allowed per game.  Conversely, the Cowboys have allowed just 5.5 yards per pass attempt. That works out to 21.75 completions on 37.25 attempts for 171.0 yards per game.  The Cowboys have allowed three touchdowns and created four interceptions so far.

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Round up LA Rams running game

On paper, the LA Rams would be awfully wise to attack the Cowboys’ defense by completely committing to the ground game. Of course, the Cowboys’ defense is awfully physical, so the most logical way of running at the Cowboys begins with a steady diet of RB Malcolm Brown. Then, after the defense gets softened up, sprinkle in a bit of RB Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. to screw with their timing and rhythm.

The Rams have blocking options to help out, starting with WR Ben Skowronek in the backfield, TE Kendall Blanton on the line of scrimmage, and even getting Bobby Evans reporting in as an eligible to add an extra offensive lineman to the mix. There is no way that the Cowboys have planned to commit to stopping the run for this one. The Rams could and should have a huge day running the football.