The LA Rams are gearing up for the home stretch portion of the season with a current two-game winning streak that has improved the team to a record of 5-6. While many Rams fans didn't think much of the season just a couple of weeks ago, the NFC wild-card picture is wide open, and the Rams are right in the thick of it.
They come into Week 13 just one game back out of the seventh seed in the NFC Playoffs race, and if they want to make a real run at the playoffs, they need their stars to play like stars. Veteran QB Matthew Stafford, DT Aaron Donald, and WR Cooper Kupp are some names that must perform at a high level. However, while the big names need to show out every week, one under-the-radar name who has played a significant role in the Rams' resurgence could mean a lot to this team down the stretch.
Royce Freeman could make a big impact
Veteran running back Royce Freeman is number two on the running back depth chart behind Kyren Williams. While Kyren Williams played his best game of the year last week in their 37-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Royce Freeman also had a solid game and showed he could make an impact when Williams needs a break.
Freeman had 13 rushing attempts for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. He. had some nice runs, including his touchdown run, where he broke a couple of tackles. While he doesn't have the raw speed of Kyren Williams's level, he is a far stronger back who runs straight through tackles. And a second running back on the roster is crucial because you can't have WIlliams on the field for every snap.
Williams gets his yards before contact. Freeman gets his yards despite contact.
Williams has returned to the Rams roster from IR after suffering a nasty ankle injury. While he looked like he didn't miss a beat, the Rams must ensure that he remains healthy for the rest of the season. Williams will undoubtedly get most of the snaps, but when he takes a breather, Freeman is a guy who will have effective runs as well.
Freeman can play a part in the passing game. He has shown to be a physical, productive runner, and a partnership with the smaller and swifter Williams, can become a nice one-two punch; I believe Freeman's strong and punishing style of running the football can and will significantly impact the Rams' offensive success for the rest of the season