The Rams rushing attack outgained the entire Washington offense, totaling 129 rushing yards on 35 carries (compared to just 108 total net yards), wearing down the Football Team’s defense late to ice the dominant victory.
Darrell Henderson scored two times, once on a 11-yard reception, and another on the ground, opening and closing out the scoring for LA on Sunday, but it was Cam Akers’ 46-yard run that was the highlight of the day on the ground.
Ultimately, however, it actually wasn’t that impressive of a performance statistically from the Rams running back trio as Henderson, Akers and Malcolm Brown combined for all 129 yards on the ground on 32 combined carries, averaging just over 4.0 yards per carry.
When you take into account 46 of those yards came on that one carry from Akers, the trio averaged just 2.6 yards per carry.
But, that’s just being nitpicky at this rate.
It was a dominant performance and it was the kind of performance that left you knowing you’d see a long run finally break their way at some point. The defense receives a ton of praise for the way they played in this one but the rushing attack was absolutely crucial to keeping the defense fresh and on the field as they achieved seven down-moving carries on the day as well.
The full picture went as follows:
Cam Akers — 9 carries, 61 yards
Darrell Henderson — 15 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD
4 targets, 3 receptions, 30 yards, 1 TD
Malcolm Brown — 8 carries, 30 yards
2 targets, 1 receptions, -6 yards
If there is anything to truly be gleaned from this kind of performance all over the field in Washington, is that Akers did showcase what made him such a highly sought of commodity in the 2020 NFL Draft.
That highlight-reel 46-yard run was just that, a highlight-reel moment. After just 17 carries through the first two weeks of the season hampered by injury, Akers looks like he’ll be seeing more and more work if he keeps making those kind of play and stays healthy.
Rams win, and this RB trio keeps impressing.