Los Angeles Rams: 3 Takeaways from Week 5 Win vs. Seahawks

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The Rams Run Defense Needs to Improve

The Rams run defense came into Week 5 as the fourth best run defense in the NFL. They allowed just 86 yards per game, so far this season.

The thing is, they were allowing 4.6 yards per carry, which was tied at sixth most in the NFL. Both of these stats will get worse after this week is accounted for.

The Seahawks gashed through the Rams run defense, rushing for 190 yards on the day. That is inexcusable for any defense, especially the Rams.

It’s not like the Seahawks have a prolific rushing offense, so it makes it even more worrisome for the Rams. The Seahawks used a backfield duo of Chris Carson and Mike Davis.

With the personnel the Rams currently use, Mark Barron is expected to neutralize the run. That’s hard to expect from a converted safety who’s playing inside linebacker, especially with him coming back from injury.

I’m not saying to take Barron out, but it might be best to at least rotate a guy like Micah Kiser in during obvious running situations. He was drafted to bulk up the interior of their linebacking corp.

It will be interesting to see what Rams do to improve their run defense going forward. We’ll see if the Rams make adjustments in Week 6, when they face the Denver Broncos.