Why a Week 18 win means more to the LA Rams

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III: The LA Rams have a more robust offense than in the past

When the LA Rams made their playoff run in 2020, and their Super Bowl run in 2021, the Rams offense was certainly capable enough. In 2020, the Rams were able to get the chains moving through the air thanks to the dual-threat of WR Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. The Rams also had the benefit of the sneaky good rushes of rookie RB Cam Akers.

In 2021, the Rams were hot on offense, as All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp had a monster season. The Rams also had a solid stretch of games when veteran RB Sony Michel was able to carry the offense, and the Rams team, to victory. But in the postseason, the story was all about the amazing chemistry between QB Matthew Stafford and WR Cooper Kupp.

In Week 2, the LA Rams were still discovering what did and did not work in their offense. The Rams were not yet aware of just how vital running the football could be for the entire team. And the Rams had no clue that Kyren Williams could handle the heavy lifting in the offense by rushing 20+ times per game.

The Rams' offense in 2023 has absolutely evolved, and the Rams have far more options in how to route their plays. While the Rams are sitting the trio of WR Cooper Kupp, RB Kyren Williams, and Matthew Stafford, the Rams offense is absolutely loaded with playmakers who understand how important this game can be for the Rams and their careers.

The Rams will be starting backup quarterback Carson Wentz in Week 18. But don't feel bad for the guy. He will be throwing to rookie sensation WR Puka Nacua, WR Demarcus Robinson, and WR Tutu Atwell. He will also have rookie TE Davis Allen blocking and running routes. But when the Rams run the football, he will be handing off to RB Ronnie Rivers, Royce Freeman, and perhaps a dash of rookie RB Zach Evans.

The Rams will be able to move the chains.