Game Ball III: The Rams offensive line
While the New Orleans Saints pass rush has only generated an average of 2.5 quarterback sacks per game, the Rams offensive line only allowed them to sack QB Matthew Stafford once. Meanwhile, the Rams seemed to have their way whenever second-year running back Kyren Williams touched the football.
The Rams offensive line welcomed back starting right tackle Rob Havenstein by allowing Matthew Stafford to complete 24 of 34 passes for 328 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He was only sacked once for a three-yard loss.
The Rams offensive line has only allowed 28 QB sacks in 15 games. That's good enough for to be the fifth-ranked offensive line in terms of sacks allowed, and the Rams have played one more game than any other NFL team. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Rams road graders unleash RB Kyren Williams
The LA Rams have to be pleased with the performance of second-year running back Kyren Williams Williams has the second most rushing yards in the NFL with as many as four fewer games this season. But he is getting plenty of help.
The Rams made it a point to focus on bigger, more athletic, and more physical offensive linemen for the 2023 NFL season. That resulted in the Rams adding rookie IOL Steve Avila, rookie OT Warren McClendon, and trading for veteran IOL Kevin Dotson. The result of the Rams new focus on powerful offensive linemen has added a significant upgrade to this team's ability to run with the football.
This new and improved ground assault has been the secret sauce to the Rams ability to pass effectively this season. While game balls for the win were handed out to WR Demarcus Robinson, WR Puka Nacua, RB Kyren Williams, and even QB Matthew Stafford, the Rams fell short of acknowledging the reason for the entire offensive outburst, an offensive line that fears nobody, and can push any defensive line around.