Key II: Rams piled on the points against another top NFL defense
The LA Rams faced another stingy NFL defense. And yet, the Rams were able to move the chains 23 times in Week 16. Better still, the Rams poured on 30 points against another top defense in 2023. Since the Week 10 BYE, the Rams offense has averaged a very impressive scoring average of 30 points per game.
The most impressive aspect of the Rams newfound offensive prowess is the fact that the Rams have done so against the Cleveland Browns (now 12th ranked defense), the Baltimore Ravens (now 1st ranked defense) and the New Orleans Saints (now 7th ranked defense)
What I love most about the LA Rams offense right now is the various ways this team has scored.
Rams getting points from unexpected places
The usual and customary suspects certainly chipped in to score for the Rams in Week 16. Running back Kyren Williams ran one in for a scored. That was his ninth rushing touchdown in 11 games and just 10 starts. He is almost an automatic for a score whenever he plays in this offense.
Rookie WR Puka Nacua scored as well. While Nacua has already broken the Rams rookie WR record of All-Time for receiving yards, he has been less effective at putting up points. While he scored in Week 16, that was just his fifth touchdown of the season.
Veteran WR Demarcus Robinson put up another touchdown as well. That was his fourth touchdown in as many games for the Rams his season. It's clear that Robinson's resurgence has been a pleasant surprise for the Rams, and one of the reasons why the Rams offense has been red hot after the BYE.
Don't kick the kicker
But let's not gloss over young kicker Lucas Havrisik's contribution in a vital game. While he did miss one field goal for the Rams at a distance of 47 yards, he did make three field goals on the night, plus all three extra points, to account for 12 points in a game that was decided by eight points as the margin of victory. Post-game analysis and review revealed that the lone miss by Havrisik was due to a bad snap.
That bad snap is due to the fact that undrafted rookie starting long-snapper Alex Ward is on IR with a neck stinger.
I'm not sure why so many explore scapegoats to blame, even after a major victory. But even if you are one of the fans who are lobbying hard for the Rams to get a new kicker, I would not look for the Rams to do so this late in the season.
Trust the Rams coaching staff on this one. Even if you don't want to, I think that they are onto something.