Are the Los Angeles Rams your Super Bowl LIII Favorites?



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The Los Angeles Rams have had a brilliant 2018 regular season. They own the second best record in all of football at 12-3, and the second best betting sites odds when it comes to winning this year’s Super Bowl (+450 via Intertops). While expectations are high for Los Angeles to capture their fourth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, do they have what it takes to flip the switch from being a great regular season team to a great playoff, and eventual Super Bowl, team?

Greatness on Both Sides of the Ball

There is no debate that when it comes to talent, Los Angeles is littered with it. Todd Gurley is likely the best running back in all of football. While the Rams have decided to rest him to close out the regular season, Gurley still managed to put up eye-popping numbers. Gurley leads the NFL in both rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. Even when Gurley is not in the lineup, the Rams have proven to be able to move the football. Whether behind the right arm of 3rd year man Jared Goff, who has passed for the 4th most yards in football, or lining up a guy off the streets (CJ Anderson) behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL (and watching him go for 167 yards four days removed from sitting on the couch), it’s clear the Rams are as explosive as it gets.

We know the Rams can score points, as is evident by their 3rd ranked scoring offense, but can the defense step up when things matter? Los Angeles has turned it up a notch since giving up a whopping 51 points to Kansas City in the “game of the year” in week 11. The Rams have surrendered an average of only 17.5 ppg in their last four contests, allowing more than 16 points just once. The Rams are led in the trenches by generational talent Aaron Donald. Donald has registered 19.5 sacks this season, a NFL record for defensive tackles. He is just 3.5 sacks removed from owning the record for most sacks in a season (regardless of position) in NFL history.

LA’s Route to the Lombardi

The Rams would be my favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl as things stand today. Los Angeles will likely have fend off the New Orleans Saints (+250) and the Super Bowl dark horse Seattle Seahawks (+2800) to get the chance to play in Atlanta come February 3rd. The young Rams had their first taste of playoff football a year ago. The moment will not be too big for McVay and company this time around. Los Angeles will get to play in all warm weather stadiums or domes on their run through the playoffs. Combine that with Drew Brees dealing with a dead arm for much of the final month of the season, it’s clear the Rams have the odds stacked in their favor.

The AFC is clearly the weaker of the two conferences this season. The current top seed in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs (+500), have already been defeated at the hands of LA, and have cooled down of late losing two in a row. The Patriots (+650) have had one of their worst statistical seasons in recent memory, while the Chargers (+1400) have won just four playoff games in Philip Rivers’ 15-year career. The Baltimore Ravens (+1600) could make some noise if they crack the playoffs, but that’s not even a guarantee at this moment. It’s a crapshoot at this point in the AFC, but one thing is clear. If the Rams can live up to their lofty expectations, not only will they make the Super Bowl, they would be the clear favorites to leave Atlanta with their 4th Lombardi Trophy no matter who lines up across from them.

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