I won't lie. I hope that the latest injuries to the LA Rams' two top running backs do not derail the Rams' suddenly dominating ground assault. But the battle between my hopes for the Rams' offensive game plan for their Week 7 opponent rages on against my realization that Rams head coach Sean McVay simply does not enjoy running the football.
And that underappreciation of the run will almost certainly be amplified with the injuries to RB Kyren Williams and RB Ronnie Rivers.
But even as the hopelessness of the Rams chances to run the football seems to be the order of the day, NFL Insider and analyst Brian Baldinger shows up like the cavalry riding in to save the day. While I am fully aware that the LA Rams receivers are very talented this season, it's rather reassuring to be reminded of that fact by Baldy's Breakdowns.
Rams WR trio remains very dangerous
The LA Rams boast a wide receiver trio that includes All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp, speedy veteran WR Tutu Atwell, and rookie WR sensation Puka Nacua. If you combine LA Rams TE Tyler Higbee with the group, you have a quartet of receivers who could theoretically each put up 100+ receiving yards in Week 7.
But don't take my word for it. Listen to Brian Baldinger discuss the LA Rams receivers:
As long as the Rams offensive line can protect starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Rams should have plenty of opportunities to find yards through the passing game. In terms of targets, the Rams threw to the receivers in the following pattern in Week 6:
- Cooper Kupp - 9 targets, 7 receptions, 148 yards, 1 touchdown
- Puka Nacua - 7 targets, 4 receptions, 26 yards, 0 touchdowns
- Tutu Atwell - 1 target, 1 reception, 30 yards, 0 touchdowns
- Tyler Higbee - 3 targets, 2 receptions, 18 yards, 0 touchdowns
Of course, protecting Stafford is simplified if the Rams are able to run with the football. Which brings me back to hoping that the Rams can run with the football in Week 7. And so, the debate of will they or won't they run resumes once more.