Reason I: Rams offense is firing on all cylinders
The LA Rams' 3-1 streak after the BYE has been powered by an offense that has rediscovered just how good this team can play. It's been a difficult trek to get here. The LA Rams' top two offensive leaders, quarterback Matthew Stafford, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, have spent the last 12 months fighting back from a crescendo of injuries that has hampered one or the other, or both.
But both Stafford and Kupp appear to be coming back to full health and online at a very opportune time for the LA Rams. In a Week 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on the road, Stafford completed 23 of 41 passes for 294 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. His most effective receiver? WR Cooper Kupp hauled in eight of ten passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
If Stafford and Kupp are finally connecting again, this offense is nearly unstoppable.
Rams offensive weapons appearing everywhere
The Rams have undergone quite a transformation from the team that claimed a victory in Super Bowl LVI. But this offense may have even more weapons this season now than that team, at least in terms of the past two games.
The Rams are getting a record-setting performance out of rookie WR Puka Nacua. And if RB Kyren Williams continues his ground assault, the Rams could boast a 1000+ yards receiver and a 1000+ yards running back for the first time since 2018.
But the Rams have even more offensive weapons coming online now. Rookie tight end, subbing in for injured starter Tyler Higbee, had a breakout game by catching four of five passes thrown his way for 50 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
The Washington Commanders defense is dead last in the NFL. Yes, they are 32nd out of 32 teams in points allowed, surrendering 30.4 points per game. They are particularly struggling via the air, as they have allowed 30 passing touchdowns in just 13 games, while only surrendering 10 rushing touchdowns this year.
Matthew Stafford should be on track to shred their secondary in this one. Even with the Rams' recent bout of injuries, the Rams have Cooper Kupp, Puka Nacua, Davis Allen, and even veteran WR Demarcus Robinson could be up for big games this week.
Could the Commanders play the spoiler for the Rams this week? While anything is possible, I believe that the Rams are focused and fighting hard right now. Stay tuned.