An LA Rams win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 would certainly be chalked up as an upset win. There is already talk of the Seahawks playing in the NFL playoffs this season. And are just as many conversations about the LA Rams making an early selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.
The Rams needed heroes, players who could find that reservoir of inner strength to exceed expectations. Fortunately, despite the Rams entering the game as a road dog, players showed up and really made this a thriller. So who really showed up in a big way in Week 1? We have five such players who should be considered for your Week 1 MVP:
Option V: Tutu Atwell
Without WR Cooper Kupp, the LA Rams needed a big game from the little receiver, and Tutu Atwell delivered. By late in the third quarter, Tutu Atwell had hauled in three of five passes for 69 yards, including a 44-yard bomb in the third quarter that led to the Rams scoring a go-ahead TD score.
Stats line: 6 receptions | 8 targets | 119 yards | Longest reception 44 yards
Option IV: RB Kyren Williams
With two minutes to go in the third quarter, the LA Rams slippery running back had racked up just 36 yards on 11 carries, for an average of just 3.2 yards per run. But while he was not chewing up huge chunks of field at a time, he was unstoppable in the Red Zone, breaking the plane twice in two RZ possessions.
Stats line: 15 runs | 52 yards | 3.5 yards per run | 2 Touchdowns
Option III: Puka Nacua
From the moment that he arrived, the LA Rams loved the upside of rookie WR Puka Nacua. The young talented pass catcher out of BYU is a perfect fit for this Rams offense.
We covered rookie WR Puka Nacua as an LA Rams offensive option in Week 1, particularly in the absence of primary offensive weapon Cooper Kupp.
"Unlike other rookie additions, Puka Nacua has seemed to be a completely natural fit for what these LA Rams can and want to do on offense. He is a 6-foot-2 202-pound wide receiver who we compared to Cooper Kupp in our rookie introduction feature. "- Ramblin Fan's Bret Stuter
Nacua has instant chemistry with Stafford. This could be an outstanding season for the rookie WR.
Stats line: 10 receptions | 15 targets | 119 yards | Longest reception 21 yards
Option II: Aaron Donald
While he only had three tackles in this one, you can bet that Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith knew where he was on the football field throughout each play. The LA Rams did not have a lot of defensive-dominating plays, but there was Aaron Donald,
And he came to play.
The Rams defense got stronger as the game progressed.
Stats line: 4 tacl;es | 2 solo | 1 QB hit | 0.5 QB sacks
Option I; QB Matthew Stafford
Without his favorite receiver, and with little support on the ground game, you may guess that the LA Rams offense would struggle. That is before you realize that the LA Rams offensive line held up, creating a solid pocket for veteran Matthew Stafford to work.
Stafford delivered a beauty folks. He had 334 yards with more than nine minutes to go in the game, and if not for a rash of dropped passes. he could have flirted with 500+ yards in this one. He was cool, calm, and collected throughout the game.
You have to love what Rams QB Matthew Stafford did in this one.
Stats line: 38 passes | 24 completions | 334 yards | Longest pass 44 yards
Savor this victory LA Rams fan. But be sure to let us know who is your MVP from Week 1 in the comments section on our Facebook page.