Miraculously, the Los Angeles Rams are sitting pretty at the top of the NFC West after three games despite losing 28-0 to divisional rivals San Francisco 49ers on the opening weekend of the campaign.
Jeff Fisher’s men stepped up with a solid defensive display against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks before showing their offensive prowess when putting 37 points on the board against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their most recent encounter.
But let’s be serious: it would be foolish to expect the Rams to go on and reach the playoffs this season. Jeff Fisher is building a monster at LA and he has a long-term plan for success; which is why the Rams haven’t thrown rookie quarterback and first overall pick Jared Goff straight into the starting role.
With Todd Gurley approaching his best form, the Rams will cause plenty of problems for their opponents this season. The Los Angeles number 30 is one of the top-rated running backs in the NFL and his pass-catching ability also gives current quarterback Case Keenum an added option out of the backfield.
Ultimately, Gurley is a three-down back and the Rams know just how crucial he is to their chances of long-term glory.
However, Los Angeles aren’t just about the running game – they are starting to exploit defences through the air. When you have a potent weapon like Gurley, opposing sides have to respect the Rams’ solid ground game.
But that in itself gives Keenum the opportunity to expose the secondary; and Los Angeles’ wide receivers are beginning to make huge plays on offense. Both Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin are central to Los Angeles’ ability to stretch the field and keep the safeties honest.
With these two men playing well, Gurley should be able to find bigger gaps on the defensive line – especially if he manages to break through the first set of tacklers.
As of September 29th, the Rams are priced at 50/1 to emerge victorious at NRG Stadium in Betway’s outright winner betting for Super Bowl LI. If their defence can continue to bring pressure to opposing quarterbacks, Los Angeles’ ball-hawking secondary will make plays – and that gives the offense more opportunities to add points on the board.
Jeff Fisher isn’t an elite NFL coach but he is perhaps the right man to take the Rams back to the big time. Los Angeles is a fabulous city and they deserve a successful football team; and if they build around Gurley, Austin and eventually Goff, there’s no reason why the Rams cannot win the Super Bowl in the future.
For now, a wildcard playoff spot would be a great achievement…