How can the 2023 LA Rams offense become dangerous once more?

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Trust the top performers in this Rams offense

It's quite clear that the LA Rams landed a diamond in the rough be selective former BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua. After just nine games, he is already within striking distance of a 1000 yard season. Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford will be back for Week 11, and the pair have amazing chemistry this season:

Nacua is averaging 91.9 yards per game and has two touchdowns on the season. It was clear that the Rams had found a unicorn from the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. So let's take a moment to assess what Nacua adds to the Rams' offense.

For starters, Puka Nacua Is continuing the Rams tradition of putting up substantial yards after the catch. He is averaging 5.3 yards after the catch so far this season. At an expected YAC of 4.1 yards, he is exceeding expectations by a factor of 1.2. Of course, he has a great teacher. LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp is averaging 5.7 yards after the catch so far this season. He is also beating an expected YAC of 4.1 yards, as he has a differential of 1.6.

Look for Rams to run the football too

While you can expect the Seattle Seahawks to be ready for Nacua in Week 11, can that Seahawks secondary stop both Nacua, Tutu Atwell, and Cooper Kupp? Atwell is one of the fastest wide receivers in the game, while Kupp is averaging 72.8 yards per game.

Unfortunately, the Rams cannot settle for passing the football exclusively. While the team awaits the healthy return of RB Kyren Williams, the Rams still have veteran power back Royce Freeman, a player who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry and who has one rushing touchdown this season. Of course, the Rams have Darrell Henderson Jr. as a change of pace back, and should think long and hard about giving rookie RB Zach Evans a chance to handle the football as well.