The NFL is a young man's game. And the LA Rams, a team that has enjoyed better than average success, has been a shining example of that fact. The Rams were incredibly successful behind the throwing of young former quarterback Jared Goff. Even after Goff was exchanged for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Rams were powered by WR Cooper Kupp and DT Aaron Donald.
While I won't go as far to say that the LA Rams are getting 'older,' I do't think that it would come as a great surprise to suggest that some veterans who compete for the LA Rams are getting older. Unfortunately, they are not aging as gracefully as the Rams organization may have hoped, or even expected.
Let's be fair. Professional football is a rather violent sport. Many positions on the team are designed to trigger an explosive contact with a corresponding member of the other team on the line of scrimmage. Offensive linemen block, while defensive linemen rush.
While there are rules that define how players can conduct themselves on each play (penalties for offensive holding, hands to the face, defensive holding), the game is thrilling to fans because of the basic principle of the game. Which team can outmuscle, outflank, outplay, and outscore their opponents over the course of an NFL season.
Rams newbies are outperforming the veterans now
For the LA Rams, Week 11 delivered a win. It was an ugly win, but it was a win nevertheless. Still, if you look over the top offensive performers in the second meeting between the LA Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, you will find that the top offensive performers are not veterans who have a long career with the LA Rams. Quite the contrary, in fact. The Rams were led by first year veteran RB Royce Freeman's 73 yards on the ground, and by rookie WR Puka Nacua's 70 yards and one touchdown in the air.
This was not a great game by any means. The LA Rams trailed the Seahawks on the scoreboard until 1:31 remained on the game clock. The game was riddled by very questionable officiating which accounted for more than 220 penalty yards between the two teams. And the Rams offense never got on track until the final possession of the first half, when the team drove the football 75 yards in nine plays and 4:29 to score a touchdown that finally placed the LA Rams on the scoreboard.