The Los Angeles Rams have had an excellent start to the 2018 regular season, racing out to an 11-2 start. Do they already have one hand on the Superbowl or will the competition prove too much? The Palmerbet sports team takes a deeper look at where they rank in the NFL hierarchy.
The strength of this Rams team is undoubtedly their offence. In Sean McVay, they have one of the NFL’s best offensive minds who devises game plans to maximise their talent.
Running Back Todd Gurley is the focal point of this unit, registering 19 touchdowns through his first 13 games. An excellent dual-threat Back, Gurley has 1203 rushing yards to go with 504 yards through the air.
Todd Gurley is me showboating in Madden pic.twitter.com/PkxB8UmPMR
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 2, 2018
Despite a disaster in Chicago last week, the Rams have also got excellent production from QB Jared Goff. Goff has effectively built off his 2017 Pro Bowl campaign, throwing for 3900 yards and 27 touchdowns.
A good NFL offence has weapons all over the field and the 2018 Rams are no exception. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods are a fantastic receiving duo that have both already eclipsed 1000 yards.
Talent on Defence
Whilst they’ve delivered some dud performances this season, the Rams also have a ton of talent on defence. In Wade Phillips, they have a veteran defensive coordinator that has had immense success of late.
Defensive Lineman Aaron Donald is the frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year, having already registered 16.5 sacks. Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers are excellent running mates that make for one of the league’s best pass-rushing trios.
You can’t even block Aaron Donald with two guys 💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/duvsK04IyJ
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) December 2, 2018
The Rams don’t just have defensive talent up front. In Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, they have two Pro-Bowl Cornerbacks capable of shutting down opposing receivers.
The Saints Are a Problem
Despite their excellent 11-2 start to the season, the Rams haven’t run away with the NFC. In fact, they currently trail the 11-2 New Orleans Saints based on a tie-breaker.
Buoyed by one of the league’s best home-field advantages, the Saints have won their last 5 home games by an average of 18.4 points. This included a crucial 45-35 victory over these very same Rams.
NFC playoff picture:
The 2nd wild card spot is up for grabs.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 11, 2018
That said, the race for the #1 seed is far from over. The Rams have 3 remaining games against some very poor opponents and look poised to finish 14-2.
On the other hand, the Saints schedule is much tougher, featuring 2 games against Carolina and one against Pittsburgh. If they falter just once the rest of the way, I expect them to fall behind the Rams.
At $5 to win the Superbowl, I think the Rams are currently undervalued. Sunday Night’s drubbing in Chicago just isn’t indicative of how good this team is.
A near lock for a first-round playoff bye, the Rams look like a sure-fire bet to reach the NFC Championship. Even if they can’t manage the #1 seed, I believe they have the two-way talent necessary to pull off a road win in New Orleans.