Rams: Don’t blink, the Los Angeles Rams are legit contenders

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Jared Goff (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Jared Goff (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Los Angeles Rams are on the brink of their first winning season with an 8-3 record. After a 26-20 win over the Saints, the Rams are now legit Super Bowl contenders.

The Los Angeles Rams have eight wins for the first time since 2006. Los Angeles has not posted a winning record since 2003 — they now have five chances to do so. However, the last five weeks are much more important than getting the first winning record in 14 years. This is about winning the NFC West, getting through the tough NFC and winning the Super Bowl.

The Rams proved they are capable of accomplishing this with a 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Los Angeles ended the Saints eight-game win streak — an eight-game win streak that they have been riding since starting 0-2. New Orleans lost to the Vikings and Patriots before going starting a fairly easy stretch of the schedule.

The Rams entered the week 12 contest in the same boat. Los Angeles was 7-3, however, their record against playoff teams was not great. The Rams only true solid win over a playoff contender was the Dallas Cowboys (before they lost Ezekiel Elliot and their offense, of course). Thus, the week 12 matchup was set to be an ultimate proving ground.

Los Angeles rebounded the 28-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings perfectly. The Rams put together an all-around effort and did not trail once during the contest. Defensively, the Rams were able to contain Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. While the duo still did rush for 118 yards, that was less than their 127 average. Against the Redskins, the duo rushed for over 170 yards.

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Offensively, Jared Goff and company did enough to capitalize on the injured Saints’ defense. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Gurley rushed for 74 yards and the special teams unit scooped up a pivotal onside kick.

Overall, Los Angeles put together a well-rounded game that cements their status as title contenders. Next week they take on the Arizona Cardinals, which should move them to 9-3. Los Angeles must split against the Seahawks and Eagles, and beat the Titans and 49ers, to finish with a 12-4 record.

They are more than capable of doing so. In week 14 fans will get a better idea of both the Eagles and Rams when they square off in what could be an NFC Championship preview.

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings still stand tall atop the NFC. However, the Rams separated themselves from the Saints and now legitimize their Super Bowl chances.