Despite their hot start, the Los Angeles Rams will not be participants in this season’s Super Bowl.
7-2 is a great start for any NFL team, but the fact that the Los Angeles Rams have reached that point has a special feeling to it. The team has not been this good in quite some time, and it has been remarkable to see the progress that they have made after just switching their coaching staff.
Rookie head coach Sean McVay has demonstrated that he knows how to get the best out of both Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, while the receiving options have also stepped up to the plate. The defensive presence on this team speaks for itself.
In addition to that, they also have the best point differential in all of football at 134; 30 points above the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles and 31 points ahead of the 7-2 New Orleans Saints.
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However, these weapons will not be enough to get the Los Angeles Rams into the playoffs. With one more win, they’ll secure, at the worst, a season finishing at .500 and not the dreaded 7-9 stalemate. This team could go on to still win as many as 11 or 12 games — but not the Super Bowl.
In the postseason, if the standings were official as of today, Los Angeles would have to host the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton on Wild Card Weekend. If they were to win and hold their ground at home, they’ll have to either take their talents to Minnesota or Philadelphia for an intense road game before even getting to the NFC Championship Game.
For this team, while it’s entirely possible, that would be way too much to ask. Both the Eagles and Rams are soaring thanks to stellar play by their sophomore QBs, but right now the Eagles and Vikings would be favored over LA.
The Rams have their next game in Minneapolis, so if they can pull out a win there in the regular season that could change things. Los Angeles has won six of their last seven games, including their current four game winning streak — but their only hard fought game started the streak and was in Jacksonville against the Jags.
Other than that, they’ve won games against three horrible teams in the Giants, Texans, and Cardinals.
If all of that wasn’t a good enough reason to reconsider the Super Bowl hype, remember that the Rams have the second toughest remaining schedule in the NFL. The point of all of this ultimately being that they just have too much to overcome to even reach the Super Bowl that it’s just not likely.