Another December to remember for LA Rams TE Tyler Higbee?

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The LA Rams struggled mightily in the 2019 NFL season. But in December 2019, Rams tight end Tyler Higbee roared to life, catching 43 of 56 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams ended up winning three of their final five games, ensuring that the team would finish with their third consecutive season with a record over .500.

In a very similar fashion, the LA Rams are putting up a late-season effort, having won two of their past three games. And once more, Rams TE Tyler Higbee is leading the charge, catching 17 of 24 passes thrown his way in the month of December 2022 for 146 yards and three touchdowns. The uncanny part of this tale is the fact that until December 19, 2022, Higbee had been held scoreless all season.

Is history repeating itself right now?

It’s difficult not to compare the 2022 and 2019 seasons. After all, in both years, the Rams suffered multiple injuries to offensive linemen. In both seasons, the Rams struggled with turnovers and seemed to be unable to run with the football. And in both seasons, the Rams were unable to earn a playoff berth.  Perhaps the most glaring similarity between both seasons is the fact that the Rams were coming off a Super Bowl season.

Newly arrived quarterback Baker Mayfield has led the Rams to two wins in just three games, and thanks to a very opportunistic defense, the team scored its highest total in 2022 against a very staunch Denver Broncos defense. In doing so, he has formed almost instant chemistry with the Rams’ veteran tight end, Tyler Higbee, who fell short of his first 100-yard game this season by six yards.

In fact, Higbee’s 94 yards and two-touchdown performance were his best stats in a single game since putting up 104 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on December 21, 2019.

Deja Vu? Didn’t we just say that?

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