Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 11

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LA Rams at Tampa Bay

The Rams continue to run the ball at a productive if unspectacular rate. At 134 yards per game, they’re putting up top-10 raw production, and only two teams have run for more touchdowns. Still, this remains a messy, three-headed attack, and it’s all but impossible to project any of its pieces to much of a ceiling. Darrell Henderson at least offers big-play explosiveness but has drawn just 24% of the snaps over the past 2 weeks. Meanwhile, teammates Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown have plodded to just 4.2 yards per rush. Even behind one of the league’s better run-blocking lines, it’s hard to draw much excitement from this up-and-down group.

The Buccaneers continue to suffocate opposing ground games on a historic level. You’d have to go back to Week 9 of last season for their last 80-yard rusher. Through 10 weeks this year, opposing lead backs are putting up just 2.9 per rush and 32 a game. What’s more impressive is that most of that has come with star nose tackle Vita Vea on the shelf with a broken leg. Steve McLendon went under the radar but made for one of the early season’s shrewder personnel moves. Long underrated as a gap-plugging nose, he’s kept the team’s defensive dynamic in place, helping to stifle runners from the inside out. That dominant front makes life easier for the linebackers, particularly Lavonte David, who’s enjoying the best year of his stellar career. And for his part, second-year man Devin White continues to improve week after week. His gap discipline can be inconsistent, but with so much supporting help, he’s free to utilize his athleticism and simply pursue and strike whenever it won’t make him a liability. Simply put, this is never an easy unit to run on, and the Rams likely don’t have the horses to break these stunning trends.

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