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Last Minute Thoughts: Can Rams offense find their footing?

Return of Kyren Williams, Cooper Kupp should give Rams more firepower vs. Cardinals

NFL: OCT 15 Cardinals at Rams Photo by Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Much of the offseason chatter surrounding this year’s Los Angeles Rams team suggested that the team expected to take a sizeable step back on defense while the offense could remain competitive and keep them afloat. Many of LA’s roster moves seemed to embrace this thinking, based on the high profile veterans that are no longer playing defense for the Rams: Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Floyd, Bobby Wagner, etc. Instead it’s been a growth year in Los Angeles as rookies like Byron Young and Kobie Turner become acclimated to the pro game.

Those growing pains on defense were foreseeable and expected; however, it’s concerning to see the Rams offense struggle when so many of its foundation pieces are mostly still in place.

30 points used to be the benchmark for the Rams when they were at the height of their powers in 2017, 2018, and 2021 under Sean McVay. Instead, they’ve crossed that mark only a single time so far this season (technically, they scored 29 points against the Indianapolis Colts and did not kick the extra point as the game-winning TD came in overtime). They’ve been held to 20 points or less six times in ten games.

It’s flat out not the level of production that we’ve come to expect from a McVay-led team, especially when the offense still features players like Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Kyren Williams, and Tyler Higbee. They even added a blossoming star in rookie phenom Puka Nacua who is already outliving his fifth round draft status. Sure, Kupp and Williams have missed stretches of time, but even when they’ve been on the field the unit still sputters and feels inconsistent at times. Brett Rypien filling in for Matthew Stafford helps explain the offensive ineptitude against the Green Bay Packers where they put up only three points, but Stafford is not exempt from criticism when was under center for the other five games they were held to 20 points or less.

Will the offense ever find it’s footing this season, or will there be lingering questions heading into the offseason surrounding the ability of McVay to adapt his offense after two unproductive seasons. You can blame a historical string of injuries along the offensive line and elsewhere for a down year in 2022, but the team has not bounced back this season like we would have expected.

Will the Rams find their footing this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, or is this just who they are in 2023?