Cam Akers’ 2022 campaign was quite the up-and-down roller coaster. He found himself off the depth chart in Sean McVay’s doghouse, was utilized sparingly at other times and then was unleashed in the last three weeks of the season, where he went off and showed off his full skill set. That season featured a very public period of time in which the Rams were shopping the running back on the trade market before ultimately turning down offers for him.
That decision to hold onto him could end up paying off for both parties.
On Christmas Day, he took 23 carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos and he then took 19 carries for 123 yards against the Chargers and 21 carries for 104 yards against the Seahawks. He also recorded three more touchdowns in the three weeks previous to those when he found his way back on the field.
While Kyren Williams should also mix in at running back for Los Angeles, BetQL’s simulation model is projecting Akers to take 250 carries (5th-most in the NFL) for 1,209 rushing yards (7th-most) and 12 rushing touchdowns (13th).
As for the Rams as a whole? Akers’ individual success isn’t projected to translate to the team. BetQL is projecting Los Angeles to win just 5.9 regular season games with an 8% chance to make the playoffs and 1% chance to win the NFC West Division.