For the first time all year, we’ve had somebody repeat as the weeks winner. I can’t say I expected this player to be the first one to claim these honors.
Robert Woods won the week.
I wrote an article detailing the Rams leading receivers over the past 10 years this offseason. I threw a little bit of shade at Robert Woods near the end, saying he’ll fit right in on a franchise where receivers had barely gone over 700 yards the past few years. Woods had not gone over 700 yards in his career and his career-high in yards was 699.
After nine games, Woods has 39 receptions for 622 yards and four touchdowns. He will shatter his personal receiving record.
Woods has been the Rams’ most consistent receiver throughout the season. In the his previous four games, Woods averaged five receptions for 66 yards with little variance between games. He found the end zone for the first time last week against the Giants. I awarded him and his former Buffalo running mate Sammy Watkins co-winners last week. The two seemed to be getting back into their Buffalo routine, with Watkins being the big play guy who would draw attention away from the defense, and Woods being the possession receiver who could break away on a big play when needed to. The tide shifted a bit this week.
Woods hauled in eight of his ten targets for 171 yards and two touchdowns. It was a career day for Woods. His 171 yards is the most he has ever recorded in a single game. It was also just the second time in his career where he scored multiple touchdowns, with last week being the first.
Both of his touchdowns were beautiful plays. The first came on 2nd-and-8 from the Rams’ own six yard line. Woods torched his defender vertically, and Goff found him on a perfect deep ball for a 94-yard touchdown. The second came on a well-designed bubble screen in the red zone.
The record book
Woods has cemented himself in the Rams’ history book with his performance. It was the highest single game receiving total for a Rams receiver since Torry Holt recorded 200 yards in November 2003. It was also the first time a Ram hauled in over 170 yards and scored two touchdowns since Holt in December 2001. Woods is the 16th player in the history of the franchise to post a 170-yard receiving game.
Watkins was brought in to finally give the Rams a real receiving threat. Robert Woods is slowly becoming what we expected Watkins to be. The USC alumni has been flourishing in his homecoming season and shows no signs of letting up. I’m looking forward to watching Woods go for the three-peat against the Vikings.
Steve Rebeiro is a staff writer and podcast host for Rams Talk. He graduated from Marquette University in 2016. For more of his opinions, follow him on Twitter here.
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This is a series of articles crowning a winner for the Los Angeles Rams each week of the 2017 season. For a description of what it means to “win” the week, see the first article here.