After getting off to a 3-0 start to the 2019 season, the Los Angeles Rams have gone 2-4 in their past six games. I’m not calling it a crisis just yet, but the performance we saw last week is far from what any of us expected this season - particularly from the offense.
The clear delineation between 2018 and 2019 is the offensive line, but that’s already been covered in depth and I feel like it would be too easy to toss on this list. Instead, I’m taking a different approach this week.
I’ll be watching the following players this weekend. They hold the key to leading this team back into the playoff picture.
LT Andrew Whitworth
Experience. Whitworth is the (aging) heart and soul of this offense. He epitomizes the work ethic and professionalism that are so underrated in today’s NFL.
WR Robert Woods
Grit and mettle. Woods’ career got off to a slow start with the Buffalo Bills, but Sean McVay saw something he liked and made him an integral part of his offense. Woods sheer effort on most plays - especially run blocking - is something that the younger Rams players (specifically the OL) would be wise to pay attention to.
LB Cory Littleton
Humility. Littleton’s story is one of climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. He made a name for himself on John Fassel’s special teams units then took advantage of an opportunity when former Ram Mark Barron couldn’t stay health. He’s now staring at a large payday, hopefully from the Rams. Much like he has stayed true to his roots, the Rams need to do the same this weekend.
S Eric Weddle
Perseverance. He hasn’t experienced many losing seasons, but the seasoned veteran has been cast aside for younger and better options by both the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. He still plays at a high level and has a huge role in the Rams defense. Combined with Littleton and DT Aaron Donald, the Rams have outstanding leadership at all three levels.
If the Rams can get these players to set the tone this weekend, they might be able to stop this skid - and pull the Rams back towards the top of the standings.