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Rams News: Breakdown of LA’s passing attack ahead of favorable matchup vs Detroit

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 10/20/21

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The Los Angeles Rams are coming home from their win in New York with a 5-1 record, a defense that is ranked in the top 5, and a passing offense that is ranked best in the league.

Here are some key points to the Rams offense and a video breakdown of one of this season’s most successful plays.

WATCH: Breakdown of Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp 56 yard Touchdown

DESIGN

Sean McVay is all about the numbers. Not statistics but the math involved in creating favorable matchups to attack defenses putting at least one of the defenders in conflict having to cover two zones or two receivers. With weapons at receiver like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods who have the awareness, acumen, and ability to execute routes with ideal timing and spacing, we see McVay’s designs come to life.

DISGUISE

It’s not news that part of McVay’s schemes include a succession of plays that appear to be the same but are actually branches off previous looks. At one point, all plays seemed to start with a jet type motion, at another point play action was the common set up, and at another point it’s screens and roll outs. Even as defenses got used to seeing the Rams favor the short and intermediate area over last season, the Rams continue to attack the second level with authority, the difference is now the progressions seem to come also with a touchdown to checkdown or high to low mentality, meaning we’re seeing a more aggressive offense with Matthew Stafford attacking the deep areas.

DIVERSITY

Kupp is in the top five in most receiving categories and has been since week one. Robert Woods had over 150 yards in week five and has scored in two of the last three games. DeSean Jackson and Van Jefferson have both proven they can go deep having both scored touchdowns of over 60 yards. With this many weapons on the field and a coach and QB that know how to dispatch them, it’s proving difficult for defenses when having to pick their poison.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Watch: Breakdown of Taylor Rapp’s first Interception Rams vs Giants (BD Youtube)

Rams’ updated home gameday COVID-19 policies take effect this week vs. Lions (Rams.com)

First Look: Rams return home to host Lions, seeking to extend win streak to three games (Rams.com)

Two Rams were among PFF’s highest-graded players in NFL for Week 6 (RamsWire)

Is Terrell Lewis finally embracing his true NFL potential for the LA Rams? (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

Offensive Player Rankings, Week 7: Dak Prescott among three QBs reaching new highs (NFL.com)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield preparing to play Thursday (ESPN)

Chicago Bears put pass-rusher Robert Quinn on reserve/COVID-19 list (ESPN)

NFL Week 7 Rookie Power Rankings: Race for Offensive Rookie of the Year heats up (CBSsports)