Todd Gurley may have gotten a serious paycheck but he is far from the only weapon the Los Angeles Rams have in their arsenal.
Sporting 415 rushing yards, 230 reception yards and 9 total touchdowns through five weeks, Gurley is certainly the main man. However, don’t let that take all of your attention.
After seeing a dramatic uptick in efficiency last season, LA looks even more formidable than last year, thanks to a much more balanced aerial attack to complement the former Georgia tailback.
That is in large part thanks to improved play by third-year pivot Jared Goff, who has the most passing yards in the league, while rocking a 12-4 TD-INT ratio and completing 72.3% of his passes.
The addition of Brandin Cooks, ranks sixth in total receiving yardage (452) this season, has also been monumental. He entered the concussion protocol early in their week 5 tilt, so his 452 yards came through just four games.
As if that wasn’t enough, the emergence of two more receivers, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, continue to terrorize opposing secondaries.
Woods has shown signs of dominance on the west coast, as he has recorded five receptions and at least 80 yards four his last four games. The former Buffalo Bill has 415 receiving yards through five contests, a pace that would see him cross the 1,000 yard threshold, likely along with Cooks and Kupp.
Kupp has reeled in five scores, bolstered by his insane 9-162-2 line against the Vikings, with his lone failure to score coming against the Cardinals, who he still bullied to the tune of a 6-63-0 line. Kupp has accounted for 438 yards through five games.
Even when Gurley heads to the sideline, Malcolm Brown has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on his 18 attempts so far.
Yes, the defense has also been vastly improved with the additions of Ndamukong Such, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, but the offense has stolen the show.
The Rams have tallied 30-plus points in every game so far, and the defense has kept everyone else at bay. The Vikings and Seahawks are the only teams to score 30 or more on them, though Los Angeles showed they have the ability to win a shootout.
With this sort of electricity on offense, it seems highly unlikely anyone can compete with them on either side of the ball.
After dominating Minnesota last Thursday night, it seems as though no one can stop them. If the Rams can keep this kind of offensive efficiency, especially against top tier teams, they’ll be playing in January, with their sights set on February.