Going into the season, the East was thought to have at least two teams scraping to either get out of — or deeper into — the basement and it turns out that the division might not have a single team with a winning record by the end of 2020. The East doesn’t have a team with winning record now and they are led by the 2-3 Cowboys, a group that lost their franchise quarterback on Sunday to a devastating broken ankle injury.
But what matters to the LA Rams and how their season plays out is that they’ve completed a sweep of that division and it’s not even Halloween yet.
The Rams beat the Football Team 30-10 on Sunday and improved to 4-1, looking as sharp as they have all season and dominating an offense in ways that teams rarely do. Washington was held to 70 net passing yards and LA rookie running back Cam Akers nearly got that much on a single run in the fourth quarter. The Rams also saw the return of star first year safety Jordan Fuller and the debut of third round linebacker Terrell Lewis.
As simple as snap counts, here’s what was totaled in Week 5 against the Washington Football Team.
- It’s the first time this season that Malcolm Brown wasn’t at least tied for the most snaps at running back. Darrell Henderson had the most this week and he had 15 carries, but Cam Akers led the group with 61 rushing yards. He got most of those on a single play and overall played in 13 snaps during his return. Akers had nine carries, so the moral of the story remains that when Akers is on the field, he’s getting the ball.
- Van Jefferson only had 11 snaps over the last two games combined, but had 18 this week. However, it was the first time Jefferson saw no targets. Nsimba Webster got his first two snaps of the season on offense, then also got his first punt returns of the year on special teams.
- Jordan Fuller fully returned and played in all 54 snaps. Taylor Rapp was relegated to 13 snaps, going back to the way things were in Weeks 1 and 2.
- With Micah Kiser out, Troy Reeder played almost every down on defense. Getting in on 89-percent of the snaps is a career-high for Reeder, who was a regular for most of 2019. He never had a day like Sunday though, totaling three sacks in place of Kiser, who had won NFC Defensive Player of the Week not long ago. How will Sean McVay utilize everyone when they’re healthy?
- Speaking of healthy, Terrell Lewis made his NFL debut and played in 14 snaps.
- Kenny Young played in a season-high 70-percent of the snaps. David Long played in a season-high 15 snaps. Troy Hill played in a season-low 70-percent.
- Jachai Polite was credited with three tackles and one sack despite only playing in four snaps.