The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl Champs! After all the hardship and injuries that this team went through this year, they came out on top as world champions. Even though they weren’t at full strength last night, they were still able to push through for a win. That being said, let’s get into the good, bad, and meh for the last time this season.
Kupp has been on a tear this year posting arguably one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver of all time. He was pretty quiet in this game early on but came alive when the Rams needed a big play the most. Although Kupp didn’t earn league MVP, his efforts in this game helped him earn a more meaningful MVP.
Aaron Donald had himself a night despite being double teamed almost the whole game. Totaling 2 sacks and 2 TFLs, he ended the Bengals final drive to give the offense the ball back. Although Cooper Kupp won the game MVP, Donald made his presence known all game. He’s now improved his legacy even more by adding a ring to the list of accolades.
The Rams “all in” mentality finally paid off. Starting with Matthew Stafford in the offseason, they’ve built this team around the stars and they’ve finally reaped the benefits. Matthew Stafford was the one that got them here in the first place and he was the one to lead them on the game winning drive. Von Miller and OBJ had solid performances with a sack and TD respectively. All of their stars showed out and were big parts of their win.
Bad (Disappointing in this case)
The run game was not effective at all during the game. The whole team Kupp and Stafford included rushed for a measly 43 yards and 1.9 ypc. Cam Akers had the most snaps in the backfield and was lackluster to say the least. Most runningback carries went for little yardage or no gain with some even taking losses. Akers still came back early from his Achilles injury, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a running back similar to Henderson in 2019.
After being thrust into the starting lineup, the rookie didn’t exactly perform well. One of Stafford’s picks came from a tipped pass while targeting him. He’s been pretty bad in the postseason with a drop against SF and now this performance. They did ask a lot of a 7th round rookie, but he’s still had a rough couple of games.
This game was not Jalen Ramsey’s night. Guarding some of the best young wide receivers in the game was a tough assignment to begin with, and Ramsey performed decently. The only times the Bengals seemed to push the ball deep was when they were targeting Ramsey. Overall though, he was part of a secondary that held up against one of the best wide receiving cores in the NFL.
Overall, this was the best way possible to end this season. The Rams have lots of contracts up this offseason including Matt Gay, OBJ, and Von Miller, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do in that regard. Thank you for reading along and following my work during this season. I’ll be providing coverage during the offseason with Rams draft coverage, free agency, and training camp so be on the lookout for that.