A little over a year ago, the Los Angeles Rams traded their former 1st overall pick QB and a slew of picks to the Detroit Lions for their former 1st overall pick QB. Aside from being the ideal trade for a certain fan of both teams, it was the clear signal that LA was all-in to win now. I personally picked the Rams to win Super Bowl LVI that same day, (If only Sportsbook apps were more widely legal then…) even if most pundits were saying Matthew Stafford wasn’t going to be enough, as he hadn’t yet won a playoff game. But here we are, mere days before the Super Bowl, and the Rams are the odds on favorite to win.
What’s It Going To Take To Seal The Deal?
I wanted to write “what’s it going to take to bring home Lombardi”, but really, Lombardi will already be in the Rams home stadium as Los Angeles is attempting to become the second team ever to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium. They will however be doing so as the “visitors.” And the “home team” is coming in HOT. This honestly feels like one of the rare times when everyone picking the Super Bowl to be a shootout end up correct.
Both teams are loaded with weapons on offense. Both teams do also have good defenses however. And it is one aspect of the Rams defense that I believe gives them the edge. Their pass rush. Even before adding Von Miller this season, the Rams could get to the quarterback seemingly at will. It helps they have the Baddest Man in All The Land in Aaron Donald. It’s funny, for all the fuss that has been made about the Rams selling their future to bring in guys like Jalen Ramsey, Von Miller, & Odell Beckham Jr., it’s going to be a “home grown” guy that makes or breaks this game. The Bengals O-line is… not great. They gave up 9 sacks in the game against Tennessee alone. And yes, Joe Burrow still found a way to win that game. But the Titans didn’t have Jalen Ramsey in the secondary making it harder to throw the ball quickly.
Championship Or Bust
That’s what everyone keeps saying this season has been for the Rams. They way they’ve traded away picks to bring in big name talent has led some to compare them to the New York Yankees. (This is a dumb comparison in a hard cap sport though…) And while it’s true there are precious few early round draft picks in LA’s future, they seem to have proven they don’t need them. OBJ and Miller are the only notable free agents the Rams have coming up. Matt Stafford will continue to perform at the elite, Hall Of Fame worthy, level that he has been for at least a couple more years. So there’s no reason to think this is the only shot the Rams have. Hell, Sean McVay got them to the Super Bowl with Goff as their QB in 2018. But… nothing is guaranteed in life, so might as well go out there and win it now, right?
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