LA Rams’ box stats for RB Cam Akers omitted the recalled games. Let’s see what this game looked like just by adding these races back into the game
LA rams lost in an upheaval to the previously winless New York Jets. It’s the headliner you’ve probably read after that fateful Sunday game day, and probably throughout the day the next morning as well. But in the game within a game, the Rams missed a golden opportunity to shine as running back.
This is simply an exercise in what “should have been” if the Rams hadn’t committed three devastating and gruesome penalties to cancel important runs for rookie running back Cam Akers. Yes, the same Cam Akers who was running over a stuck ankle that later turned out to be a pretty big ankle sprain.
What did the Rams miss with three games that were recalled? Well, the Rams had a 10-yard left tackle Joseph Noteboom of Akers for 10 yards canceled in the first quarter. Eventually, the Rams would hit the ball. But later in the game, penalties played a much more sinister role in the outcome of the game.
Here are Cam Akers’ rushed plays in the fourth quarter before the 3rd and 4th:
18 yards (recalled)
22 yards (recalled)
– Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) December 21, 2020
In three penalties, three running plays resulting in 50 yards and a touchdown were canceled. In an upset loss decided by three points, the Rams left 50 yards and a touchdown on the table. If the Rams hadn’t drawn penalty flags, they would likely win the game against the Jets. More so, Cam Akers would have won his second straight game with over 100 yards.
This one is for Cam
The Rams sidelined an incredible opportunity to win a game, advance to the playoffs and propel their rookie to an important feat for the season. Instead, the Rams still face elimination from the playoffs, Cam Akers’ heroism of running on a sprained ankle was for naught, and the Rams now have to find a way to defeat one of their most dangerous division rivals.
A logical knee-jerk reaction would see the Rams shooting in a big passing game against the Seahawks. But I expect the Rams will work hard the racing game to keep the Seattle defense guessing the whole game. After all, the more the Rams have the ball on offense, the more their defense rests and the less chances the Seahawks have to score.
No, neither I nor the LA Rams can go back and change a game already in the NFL history books. But the Rams can borrow a little courage from rookie Cam Akers to build on this week’s challenge. If he can score on one bum leg, then surely the Rams’ other offensive weapons can score on two healthy legs.