NFL Network Host: "The Rams Are Back"

The Rams dominated the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football and are right back in the Wild Card race

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 09, 2019 - 9:58 am
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The Los Angeles Rams were utterly embarrassed against Baltimore in Week 12, losing to the Ravens 45-6 on Monday Night Football. Since then, however, the Rams have won two straight games by a combined 62-19 margin, including an impressive 28-12 win over the Seahawks (10-3) on Sunday.

Jared Goff, who has struggled mightily for most of the season, has thrown for 717 yards and four touchdowns over the last two weeks.

What has changed about the Rams’ offense?

“Guys are running open,” NFL Network analyst Patrick Claybon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It seems like it shouldn’t be that simple, but they made some very simple adjustments in terms of checking to sweeps depending on how Seattle lined up, and that’s the way this Rams offense worked. That’s how they made it to the Super Bowl. When there’s a simple problem, they are able to apply a simple solution. It kept Jared Goff upright. The boot action had Bobby Wagner confused. Todd Gurley went off. It looked like the good Rams – as opposed to this Rams team that’s been stuck in the mud. People were wondering not just about Sean McVay, but his whole coaching tree. The Rams are back now. That game against the Niners in a couple of weeks, it seems a lot different.”

Goff threw touchdown passes to Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, who had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Woods also rushed two times for 29 yards. Tyler Higbee, meanwhile, had seven catches for a game-high 116 yards, and Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown both found the end zone.

“This Rams team got obliterated by Lamar Jackson and company a few weeks ago,” Claybon said. “They’re a lot better now. It could be any number of tings, but to see Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp running free, Tyler Higbee, Todd Gurley in space – it made it feel like it was 2018.”

The Rams (8-5) started 3-0 before losing three straight. They have won five of seven and trail the Vikings (9-4) by one game in the Wild Card race. The biggest difference? McVay has decided to stop being an idiot.

“Hey, if Sean McVay says it, why not?” Claybon said, laughing. “He’s the genius wunderkind, right? He’s a football genius. They really gave Seattle all kinds of problems.”

The Rams play the Cowboys (6-7) in Dallas this Sunday before facing the 49ers (11-2) in Santa Clara in Week 16. Kickoff against Dallas is slated for 4:25 p.m. ET.