Sean McVay turned the Rams around in a hurry. With a already strong defense adding even more talent, is this team going to out play its last season.
NFC WEST DIVISION WINNERS: -160 (Bovada)
NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +600 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +850 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 9 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ Oakland (+1.5) Week 9 @ New Orleans (+2)
Week 2 vs. Arizona (-10.5) Week 10 vs. Seattle (-7)
Week 3 vs. Los Angeles (Chargers) (-3.5) Week 11 vs. Kansas City (-4.5)
Week 4 vs. Minnesota (-3) Week 12 BYE WEEK
Week 5 @ Seattle (-1) Week 13 @ Detroit (-2)
Week 6 @ Denver (-2.5) Week 14 @ Chicago (-2.5)
Week 7 @ San Francisco (-1) Week 15 vs. Philadelphia (-1)
Week 8 vs. Green Bay (-3) Week 16 @ Arizona (-3.5)
Week 17 vs. San Francisco
The NFC West got tougher this season. Games against the Vikings and the Packers will be tough home games while a trip to NOLA, Detriot, and Denver won’t be easy.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – WR Bradin Cooks, DE Ndamukong Suh, CB Marcus Peters, Cb Sam Shields and CB Aqib Talib
Subtractions – T Darrell Williams, WR Tavon Austin, DE Robert Quinn DE Connor Barwin, LB Cameron Lynch, LB Alec Ogletree, CB Trumaine Johnson, and S Cody Davis
Draft – T Joe Noteboom,C Brian Allen, DE John Franklin-Myers, LB Micah Kiser, LB Obo Okoronkwo,RB John Kelly, T Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph, DE Trevon Young, LB Travin Howard, and DE Justin Lawler
Jared Goff finished top 10 in yards, touchdowns and passer rating. He played much better under McVay, who gave him an easier offense, strong o-line and an MVP caliber player in Gurley. He could have a very similar year this year.
Todd Gurley did it all, second in rushing yards, first in rushing touchdowns, and second in receiving yards for a running back. He is a true cow-bell running back, nothing to say other than he is a stud.
Newly squired Bradin Cooks should be able to stretch the field better than Sammy Watkins. He closer to a number one option at the receiver spot. Robert Woods is a strong second option with Cooper Kupp a part of the All-Rookie team. All three are above average options for Goff to find. Tyler Higbee will man the tight end spot.
Andrew Whitworth was First Team All-Pro and Rodger Saffold was Second Team All Pro, which gives this unit up front time for Goff and Co to make plays. They were eighth least in pressures allowed. John Sullivan is a strong veteran center than can help Goff read defenses.
Ndamukong Suh will go from being a nose tackle to a 3 point stance guy next. He should still be a force alongside Michael Brockers and First Team All-Pro Aaron Donald. This is arguably the best d-line in the league.
Outside of Mark Barron, this linebacking core has lost a ton. Leadership and talent will be missing throughout this group could really hurt the Rams.
The secondary added to strong veterans in Peters and Talib, both can play man to man and lock down any player out there. LaMarcus Joynerwas franchised after having a strong showing. John Johnson will need to help the linebacking core with some high volume tackles.
Greg Zuerkein and Johnny Hekker were both First Team All-Pros at kicker and punter. While Pharoh Cooper was First Team All-Pro in kick returns and Second Team in punt returns.
The team added some really good players on the defensive side with tough attitudes. However, they also lost some steady guys with strong locker room presence. This is a really good team and should compete once again for a championship but don’t be surprised if there is some bad blood on the team and it doesn’t shake out.
This team feels like it has the making of a Super Bowl contender, it also feels like it will crash and burn. There is a lot of hype and when teams add talent and lose leadership, it usually doesn’t play out as expected.
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