The Los Angeles Rams clinched a playoff spot with one week left to play. All signs point to LA rolling out Puca Nakua, so he can try to break the rookie reception(s) and total yards records. Will it happen? I have to think that if he is playing and if he stays healthy then the record will be his. The San Francisco 49ers must know this, so are they going to try and jam Puka up? Is it worth the Rams sending him out there for this record? Should the Rams rest him so he is as healthy as he can be for their upcoming playoff game?
I am torn. McVay talked about a similar situation involving Todd Gurley when McVay was a first year head coach of the Rams. The head coach reflected in a recent press conference that Gurley had a chance at the rushing title in that 2017-2018 season, but the Rams rested Gurley, and Kareem Hunt ended up winning the record. It seems like McVay semi-laments that decision but my perception could be wrong.
Also is it the 40 year anniversary of Eric Dickerson setting the rushing record? I need to look into this. Maybe make a Random Ramsdom about it.
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Rams plan to play Puka Nacua until he does “something special” on Sunday (sports.yahoo.com)
Until he breaks the single-season rookie receiving record, apparently.
“I think you’d like to be able to see him get an opportunity to do something special and then be smart with him,” coach Sean McVay told reporters on Wednesday when asked whether Nacua will be limited.
He needs only 29 yards to break the single-season receiving yardage record for rookies. It’s a balance between the risk of exposing him to injury while also letting him eclipse a high-water mark set by Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960.”
One day closer to Sunday. pic.twitter.com/7pEqi2RzjA— x - Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 4, 2024
“Yeah, (I’m) really happy for Puka,” he said, according to a video shared by 49ers on NBCS. “The dude has just been dialed in. I played with his older brother (Kai Nacua) but Puka is special, like the mindset he has I think is what has allowed him to play as well as he has as a rookie. Obviously, the talent and the ability’s there, but the mindset from day one of talking to this kid — he’s made of the right stuff, so I’m not surprised by what he’s been doing.”
When the two teams played in September, Nacua finished the game with 147 receiving yards from 15 receptions and averaged 9.8 yards per reception in what was just the second game of his NFL career, according to ESPN.
“Get your popcorn ready because there’s a good chance we’ll get a Rams-Lions showdown in the wild-card round next weekend. According to ESPN’s Seth Walder, there’s a 61% chance the Rams and Lions will meet in the first round of the playoffs. It’s the third-most likely wild-card matchup of the postseason, behind only Browns-Jaguars (69%) and Eagles-Bucs (63%).
One scenario that would set up a Rams-Lions meeting in the first round is a win by Los Angeles, Detroit and Dallas. If the Rams, Cowboys and Eagles all lose, the Rams and Lions can still meet in the wild-card round if the Packers and Lions also lose.”
Most likely wild card round matchups to occur:— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) January 4, 2024