Why Rams must stick with a promising running game without Kyren Williams

The LA Rams demolished the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 with a supercharged ground assault. Here's why the Rams must stick with the running game without Kyren Williams in Week 7.
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Rams rushers suffer fender benders in Week 6 win

In the Week 6 win, the Rams ended the game with 28 rushes for 179 rushing yards and one touchdown. But running small running backs 20+ carries in a football game has historically led to a series of chronic injuries that sideline those diminutive rushers for several weeks.

And the Week 6 victory is no exception:

It's quite likely that both Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers will sit out for Week 7. That means that the LA Rams will be forced to run rookie Zach Evans, and will likely mix in some work with veteran RB Royce Freeman. That may or may not lower the upside for the Rams offense at running the football, but it most certainly will provide the run-resistant Rams coaching staff with a new set of excuses not to run the football

The Rams followed up a win in Week 1 with a much smaller dose of rushing in losses in both Weeks 2 and 3. The Rams followed up a Week 4 victory with heavy dosage of running plays by abandoning the run and losing in Week 5. Now, the Rams committed to running the football in the second half of Week 6, and blew away the Arizona Cardinals.