Which gifts do you like most about LA Rams RB Kyren Williams?

Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams
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III: He's productive

The LA Rams entered their Week 10 BYE with a record of 3-6. In Week 11, the Rams squeaked by their NFC West Division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, by a score of 17-16. By Week 12, RB Kyren Williams was back on the Rams roster after missing five weeks and four game on injured reserve. So how has he performed since that time?

Well, let's start by assessing his impact on the Rams offense overall. In the past five games since he has returned, the Rams have averaged 32.4 points per game. Three of those five games were against some of the stingiest NFL defenses at the time. And to be quite clear, the LA Rams put up 31 points against the NFL's top-ranked defense, the Baltimore Ravens, on the road. Only one team, the Cleveland Browns, scored more points against them.

Much of the Rams offensive performance is directly related to the uptick in the Rams ability to run with the football.

Since returning to the 53-man Rams roster, Kyren Williams is averaging 120+ rushing yards per game on 22 carries. It's clear that Rams head coach Sean McVay is more than happy to run with the football whenever Williams is carrying the load.

And why not? The Rams are not rushing against the worst of the NFL. Rather, the Rams are gaining ground yards against tough physical defenses, the type of defenses that the Rams will surely face in the NFL Playoffs. Perhaps a forgotten fact is the reality that the Rams only lost two games by double digits. The Rams were beaten at Lambeau Field by the Green Bay Packers when they had to start backup QB Brett Maher. And the Rams lost on the road to the Dallas Cowboys the previous week, a game in which starting QB Matthew Stafford was injured.

RB Kyren Williams did not play in either of those losses. In fact, the Rams were 0-3 without Kyren Williams until they won the game against the Seattle Seahawks after the BYE.