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.
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.
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.
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.
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