Even as the LA Rams compete in Week 13 against a very difficult opponent in the AFC North Cleveland Browns, the Rams have already made NFL headlines. Well, LA Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua is not interested in clicks or likes. He is in this game to win, and it shows.
Nacua may have benefited from the early season injury to veteran wide receiver Cooper Kupp, but everything that he has accomplished this season is on his own merits. Nacua entered the game with 924 receiving yards in just 11 games. That set up Nacua to break the tie with former Rams WR Eddie Kennison in Week 13, which occured quickly in this game:
But that was not where this story ends. Rather, it was just the start of a game that was just completing the first quarter. Puka Nacua had to make a statement in this LA Rams offense. And he certainly did.
The game seemed to be lining up as a defensive struggle until the Rams' second offensive possession. On a second down and one yard to go from the LA Rams' 21-yard line, the Rams ran Puka Nacua on a seam route against the Browns' coverage in a Tampa-2. Nacua split the safeties and raced 71 yards to the endzone for a touchdown.
That score catapulted Nacua's season wide receiving yards over 1000 yards, and gave him his fourth receiving touchdown. Perhaps most noteworthy, the 71-yard touchdown reception was Nacua's longest reception of the season. In fact, that touchdown was the longest score by the Rams all season long, and the longest play from scrimmage for the Rams.
The Rams need to get scores to win games that remain on their schedule. Unfortunately, the Rams face the Browns (7-4) in Week 13, and then must travel to take on the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) after the Ravens BYE.
Nobody said it would be easy. Perhaps that is the motivation behind the record-setting season for LA Rams rookie WR Puka Nacua. Let's hope he, and the entire Rams offense, can put up enough points to win some football