By: James Brown
Headline Photo From: KTLA
The Los Angeles Rams will be representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots. In his second season as Head Coach, Sean McVay has led the Rams to a 13-3 record and their first Super Bowl appearance in almost 20 years. Oddly enough the last time the Rams were in the big game they faced off against the New England Patriots. The Rams’ dynamic offense and defense have carried them through the 2018 season and playoffs.
On offense underneath McVay, the Rams have had a relentless run game behind Todd Gurley and the recent addition of CJ Anderson. Both backs have proven their ability the gain tough yards on the ground while chewing up clock and extending drives for the Rams’ offense. Also, both Gurley and Anderson have the home run big ability the gut defenses at any point in the game. Gurley has also shown his effectiveness as a catcher out of the backfield using his skill set as a runner to take a short pass and turn them into big gains. The Rams also have the emerging Jared Goff at quarterback. Under McVay Goff has gone from being viewed as a draft bust to one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. Goff has showcased his ability to make all the throws along with great precision and accuracy. Goff also has a great young receiving corps with Brandon Cooks and Robert Woods leading the way. His receivers can stretch the field while making the tough catches to move the chains. The Rams offense under McVay is one of the top scoring units in the league and they’ll be looking to show the Patriots defense why they can make the case to be the Revival of the Greatest Show on Turf.
On Defense, the Rams have made several acquisitions that have bolstered their unit and taken them to the next level. Last offseason the Rams traded for corners Aquib Talib and Marcus Peters giving them a tandem on the outside that can stand up to and keep most receivers in check. Along the defensive line, the Rams extended their dominant defensive -tackle Aaron Donald making him one the highest paid players in the game and paired him with a motivated Ndamukong Suh to create a force on their defensive interior that has the ability to rush the passer and stuff the run. The Rams also added pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr at the trade deadline to help with generating pressure on the quarterback. Throughout the playoffs, the Rams’ defense has shown their ability to slow down teams with outstanding running backs by shutting down Ezekiel Elliott od the Cowboys and Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara of the Saints in consecutive weeks. The Rams defense will need to be at their best and then some to defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
The Rams will be looking to add their second Super Championship and their first in the City of Angels, Los Angeles before moving into their new stadium. To get the win and cap off their season with a championship the Rams will have to minimize their mistakes on both sides of the ball and capitalize on every opportunity their given.