In ESPN’s latest edition of their weekly power rankings, the Rams dropped a single spot, going from No. 7 to No. 8. Lindsey Thiry, ESPN’s beat reporter for the team, had this to say about the Rams following Week 3.
There was plenty of uncertainty about how the Rams’ offense, more specifically the backfield, would perform without Gurley, who was the focal point of the unit over the previous five seasons. The Rams turned to a committee approach with running backs Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown, and through three weeks, it should be considered a resounding success. After three games, the Rams rank second with 511 total rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
Yes, the rushing attack should be seen as one of the bigger silver linings up to this point. It could have been so easy to see the ground game sputter out with the injuries to Akers and Brown, but Henderson has stepped up and has absolutely taken advantage of the opportunities placed in front of him. He’ll be a focal point of the offense moving forward as long as injuries keep the other two limited.
Now for today’s links.
Bret Stuter thinks the Rams can have a trio of 1,000-yard pass-catchers in 2020 (Ramblin’ Man)
Stu Jackson highlights the explosive performance from RB Darrell Henderson (TheRams.com)
Ian O’Connor says there isn’t a rivalry yet between Lamar and Mahomes (ESPN)
John Breech gives each NFL team a letter grade from their Week 4 performance (CBS Sports)
NFL Nation published their Week 4 power rankings (ESPN)