Against the Seahawks, Akers had 28 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown in a 30-20 Rams win, also adding two receptions for 45 yards in the passing game. In total, those 176 total scrum yards were the highest by a Rams rookie in their playoff debut in franchise history.
“It starts up front with our offensive line,” Akers said. “These guys had a lot of movement all day. It was a clear reflection of the racing game. It doesn’t go without these guys.”
Akers got off to a quick start, rushing for the touchdown and 97 of his 131 yards at halftime. What impressed Rams wide receiver Robert Woods the most about Akers’ performance was the vision he displayed.
“We know he was assaulted a few weeks ago, and to bounce back like he did and take over this racetrack, he led him,” said Woods. “Really for a rookie to come in and make the right cuts and runs in critical situations, I think it’s super huge and really opens up this attack. I thanked him for my touchdown, (which was) really out of running the action, creating it by hammering it so much with the running and (that) opening up some plays in our passing game. “
Like Woods, Rams head coach Sean McVay said it was “important” to have a healthy Cam Akers against the Seahawks last weekend.
“I thought he was really picking up the pace from the start of the game,” McVay said after the game. “We were able to control the possession time, able to nibble on yards little by little. He’s a special player, he’s really tough.”
A successful execution in the same way would bode well for Los Angeles this weekend. In its only three losses of the regular season – Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Indianapolis – Green Bay was passed in rushing yards.
Akers already has the right frame of mind to do it, thanks to advice from veterans in the Rams locker room with several playoff games under their belt.
“The most important thing is not to be comfortable,” Akers said. “It was just one game. Obviously it was a big game, but the next one is even bigger. You want to go out and out prepared this week, (with) even more detail and more focus than the week last. So don’t be comfortable and keep your foot on the gas. “