The Los Angeles Rams have one of the worst offenses in the league and with one of the hardest schedules in the NFL, it does not get any easier going down the stretch.
Los Angeles Rams Performing The Way St. Louis Fans Hoped
It is certainly going to take some time to marinate in that St. Louis Cardinals postseason heartbreak, but let’s look on the bright side. St. Louis Blues hockey is back and the Los Angeles Rams are actually really bad. There is no better feeling than praying on the downfall of the organization that headed out West.
Seeing the Rams win the Super Bowl last year was like seeing your ex happier with somebody else, it hurts. There is a lot of football left to be played, but it is really looking like LA will not go back-to-back.
Super Bowl Hangover
Perhaps the Super Bowl Hangover is just a myth, but it is years like this that make you believe in it. The Los Angeles Rams–or as you should call them, the Los Angeles Cooper Kupp’s–are a very average team. They must have had a little too much at the Super Bowl party, because this is a bad hangover.
As we enter Week 6, the Rams sit in second place in the NFC West with a 2-3 record. The NFC West is not even that good of a division this year; the San Francisco 49ers are not as legit as people expected them to be, and I have no idea what is happening with the Arizona Cardinals. On top of that, the Seattle Seahawks have one of the worst defenses in football and Rashaad Penny just hit the IR. Oh, and they are starting Geno Smith, who you should write off.
For the fantasy football geeks out there, let’s put things into perspective for you. Their supposed star quarterback Matthew Stafford is 32nd in fantasy points at the position. He leads the league in interceptions. Even my mother who does not watch football can tell you that is terrible. He has thrown nine interceptions and has only scored six touchdowns. Ouch.
The Rams only score 16 points per game and that is the fourth worst in the NFL. Their offensive line has been among the league worst and that is one of the biggest reasons for the reigning champs’ struggles. Any team tied for the most sacks in the league is not in a good place and they are lucky to even be 2-3.
In today’s NFL, offense wins games. The stellar defense of LA is keeping them afloat, but the Rams have plenty of work to do.
Prior to Week 6, the Los Angeles Rams have the 11th best odds to win the Super Bowl at +2500, and I would put them slightly lower in the 12-13 range. Statistically, the Rams have one of the hardest schedules in the NFL, so it will not get any easier down the stretch.
Week 6 is a crucial week for Stafford and company. They are going up against the Carolina Panthers at home and facing their third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson. This will be a game that could give them loads of confidence moving forward, but if it is another ugly game, they will have problems heading into their bye week.
After the Panthers, the Rams play against the San Francisco 49ers (who they did not score a touchdown against in Week 4, and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following week. The Rams could very well be 3-5 through their first eight games and may be on a path to missing the playoffs entirely.
The NFC West is wide open for the Rams to take, but they have many problems to fix on the offensive side of things. At the end of the day, St. Louis fans can rejoice as the Rams are in trouble.