The Los Angeles Rams continued their winning ways in Week 17 with a closely contested victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Coming off the heels of the much needed victory, the Rams are now on a five-game winning streak, and will continue their march towards the NFC West crown.
With the victory over Baltimore on Sunday, let’s take a look at some players whose stock either rose or plummeted in this key victory.
We have to salute the history-making receiver first and foremost. Kupp had already snagged the Los Angeles Rams all-time record for receptions in a season. However, he also surpassed Rams legend and Hall of Fame member Issac Bruce’s receiving yards record. Kupp has 1,829 yards and counting in 2021.
Kupp continues on his record setting tear in the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has not been very friendly to the Los Angeles Rams over the last few years.
The stock on Kupp is basically limitless as he continues to break records, and be the leading catalyst on this dangerous Rams offense.
Rams Offensive Line
The Los Angeles Rams offensive line is playing like peak 2018 and its paying dividends. They once again earned their flowers on Sunday against a well-coaches Ravens defense.
The line kept Matthew Stafford clean throughout the game, and gave up only three pressures. With the captain of this offensive line back this week in Andrew Whitworth, the Rams pushed around the Ravens defensive line. Stafford had over 300 yards through the air and Sony Michel had 94 more on the ground.
The Los Angeles Rams offensive line might be playing its best as we head to the season finale. They’ll need to be good again next week against the 49ers.
Von Miller has seen some outside criticism since the Los Angeles Rams traded for him at the deadline. However, while the numbers haven’t always shown up on the stat sheet, his effect has been felt. Since joining the Rams, Miller is sixth in the NFL in pressures and rates fourth against the run.
On Sunday, Miller finally showed up on the stat sheet. The former Broncos edge rusher had two sacks, one which essentially clinched the win. The Rams are going to need Miller to play at a high level down the stretch. It seems like he’s finally getting comfortable and hitting his stride.
Stafford finished with 302 yards and two touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams. He also completed his last 14 passes of the game. With a stat line like that, it seems like a standout performance. However, the interceptions and fumble are what tarnished this Stafford performance. The consistent turnovers continue to be troubling.
The two interceptions Stafford threw on Sunday were from a clean pocket. Although Stafford is having an otherwise spectacular season, his questionable decision-making has played a role in some of the Los Angeles Rams’ losses this season.
The first interceptions absolutely can’t happen. A throw into triple coverage nearing field goal range just isn’t a good choice. On the second interception, Odell Beckham Jr. ran the wrong route. However, Stafford was locked in on Tyler Higbee and the defender easily read his yes.
The interceptions are worth noting, and something that Stafford needs to get in control. If the Rams are able to avoid Stafford’s two or three bad plays per game, they can win the Super Bowl. If not, it may cost them. The Rams will need Stafford to be on point against a team that they haven’t beaten since 2018. A win will lock up both the second seed and the NFC West.