The LA Rams (8-7) are on the road for the final two games of the 2023 NFL season. The problem is: The Rams have only won three of seven games on the road this year.
It's no secret the Los Angeles Rams have struggled on the road this season. Four losses in six games isn't a quality winning percentage. The Rams have won five of six games since their Week 10 BYE, but the one loss occurred in Baltimore against the Baltimore Ravens. What gives on the road for the Rams and HC Sean McVay's team in 2023?
In three of the Rams' four losses on the road this season, the offense failed to compile 300 yards. The defense failed to hold an opponent under 300 yards in all four losses. Let's examine a few of these losses and diagnose the Rams' struggles on the road in 2023.
9/25, Loss at Bengals
In the third game of the season, the Rams faced a Bengals team led by quarterback Joe Burrow, who was nursing a calf injury. Burrow was healthy enough to lead the Bengals to a 19-16 victory over the Rams. Rams QB Matthew Stafford wasn't particularly sharp, completing 18 of 33 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Kyren Williams carried the ball ten times for 38 yards, not getting much of an opportunity.
The Rams' defense played well enough to earn a victory, limiting Bengals QB Joe Burrow to no touchdowns and intercepting him once. DT Aaron Donald recorded a sack, along with OLB Byron Young and DT Kobie Turner combining for another sack. The offense was the reason for the loss against the Bengals. Although the team was without star receiver Cooper Kupp, there isn't an excuse for not having 300 total yards as an offense by the Rams.
Early in the season, Sean McVay seemed reluctant to run the ball. The Rams recorded just 13 rushing attempts against the Bengals, which was a key reason they lost the game. Fast-forward to Week 17, and Kyren Williams is atop the league leaders in rushing yards. Having confidence in the run game has transformed the Rams' offense.