Los Angeles Rams: Have They Become Super Bowl Favorites in the NFC?

The Los Angeles Rams just made it to the Super Bowl two years ago and lost to the New England Patriots. Los Angeles missed the playoffs last season and many people thought they were not going to be good again this season. However, the Rams continue to keep proving people wrong in a 27-24 win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night football.

Matt Gay hit the game-winning 40-yard field goal for Los Angeles with under three minutes remaining. Jordan Fuller had two interceptions in the game, including one on Tom Brady on the final drive.

Morgan Fox, John Johnson, Darious Williams, and Jalen Ramsey are some of the other catalysts in this secondary.

This defensive front only recorded one sack on Brady, but this is the second-ranked defensive unit in the entire NFL. Wade Phillips isn’t even the defensive coordinator anymore. Brandon Staley is the new defensive coordinator and he has done a tremendous job in his first season with the position.

The defense is playing well led by Aaron Donald because the offense has done its job under Head Coach Sean McVay.

Jared Goff is having an efficient season. He completed 39-of-51 passes for 376 yards three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Goff is the heart and soul of this football team. He continues to make more good plays than bad plays for the Los Angeles Rams.

Cooper Kupp caught 11 passes for 145 yards receiving.

Robert Woods caught 12 passes for 130 yards receiving and a touchdown.

This team also uses an effective running back by committee system between Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, and Cam Akers. This is an enlarged part of them releasing Todd Gurley II last season.

The Los Angeles Rams currently lead the NFC West despite the Seattle Seahawks (7-3) having the same record as them because Los Angeles beat them.

The Rams should be the favorites in the NFC today. They would beat the New Orleans Saints (8-2). These two teams just played each other two years ago in the NFC Championship Game.

Los Angeles could very well get to the Super Bowl, but I don’t know if they could beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0), the Kansas City Chiefs, or the Buffalo Bills (7-3).

They have not won the Super Bowl since being the Los Angeles Rams. The franchise’s only win came as the St. Louis Rams in 2000 against the Tennessee Titans.

The Los Angeles Rams (7-3) will look to continue their winning ways when they host the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) next Sunday. This is a must-win situation for San Francisco and Los Angeles will look to bury the chances of the defending NFC Champions as well here.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) will take on the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) next Sunday at home. Tampa Bay needs to buckle up in this game or they are going to be heading towards a downward spiral before the most important part of the season begins for them and for also the rest of the NFL as well.

Do you think the Los Angeles Rams are serious Super Bowl contenders this season? Why or why not?

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