The LA Rams finally return to the football field, in many ways a bit wiser than the team that opened the season in Seattle to take on the Seahawks. The Rams are back after a Week 10 BYE and must face the Seattle Seahawks once more. But this time the Rams will face them in the friendly surroundings of SoFi Stadium. And this time the Rams roster will boast an opportunity to play veteran TE Hunter Long.
Even without Hunter Long in Week 1, the Rams used a 12-personnel package 17 times, and proceeded to score 30 points, the highest score by this team all season. So the return of a top-notch blocking tight end should be viewed as a very positive turn of events for the LA Rams and an offense that desperately wants to get back on track this week.
How will the Rams use Long in Week 11? The ever wiley Coach McVay was not biting on that question, but I would be very surprised in the Rams do not have specific plays drawn up to optimize Hunter Long's blocking as well as receiving roles against the Seahawks.
The LA Rams will also welcome back NT Bobby Brown III. While that may not excite everyone who cheers for the LA Rams, you can bet that the Rams coaching staff as well as his teammates are excited about the news. Bobby Brown is a powerful and physical blocker gobbler who keeps inside linebacker Ernest Jones free to make tackles. His return to the Rams lineup frees up Jones to cause havoc to opposing runners once more.
But Brown does more than just keep Ernest Jones clean in his shadow. Placing him back in the rotation will keep his teammate, rookie NT Kobie Turner, well rested as well. Turner has a knack of defeating double teams and getting after the quarterback. The Rams are going to need pressure to keep Seahawks QB Geno Smith in check.
The LA Rams (3-6) face the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) in the second game this week If the Rams win, the NFC Western Division becomes a great deal more interesting for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season. Stay tuned.