The LA Rams are getting noticed (again). Of course, when you go on a tear of winning four of the past five games, and you play in Los Angeles, California, that is not so unexpected. But the Rams are the 2023 NFL season's Cinderella story. The Rams were the lowly and forgotten 3-6 team that was deemed unworthy to attend the royal NFL Playoffs.
But with the help of healthy players returning, and some innovations to the Rams offense, the LA Rams have emerged from a Week 10 BYE as a new and improved team. Much of that is thanks to an offense that suddenly scores points. And that is something that NFL Analyst Greg Cosell has noticed and enjoyed:
The Rams offense has definitely upgraded in terms of offensive output, hasn't it? Froma a team that seemed to struggle to score an average of less that 20 points per game before the BYE to a team that averages nearly 30 points after the BYE.
The LA Rams ran the offense in the early part of the season through rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua and to a lesser extent through his teammate wide receiver Tutu Atwell. Initially, the Rams were able to shock NFL teams with their unexpectedly effective aerial assault. But without a consistent ground game, the Rams were a bit of a hit-or-miss offense.
Bye bye struggles after the BYE
That all changed when RB Kyren Williams and a now healthy WR Cooper Kupp came online after the Rams BYE. But perhaps nothing was nearly as dramatic as the efficiency of Rams starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Since the BYE, Stafford has been playing in peak form. He's completed 112 of 175 passes for 1,250 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just two interceptions.
But you have to give the credit behind this transformation to LA Rams head coach Sean McVay. And his willingness to run the football. Of course, when you coach the hottest running back in the NFL, Kyren Williams, it's easy to do.
In his past four games, Williams has rushed 89 times for 497 yards, and two touchdowns. That's an average of 5.6 yards per run, and 124 yards per game. Behind that type of ground assault, Stafford has decimated secondaries with surgical precision.
NFL Insider Greg Cosell really enjoys watching this Rams offense at work. I have to admit that I do too. Hopefully, we'll get to see the Rams offense at it's best against the New Orleans Saints as Week 16 kicks off with Thursday Night Football.