The Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team in the NFC after just four weeks. With a quarter of the year finished, a perfect 16-0 season seems doable.
The Los Angeles Rams were a lot of people’s favorites entering the 2018-2019 NFL season. The young, well-coached team only got better through offseason acquisitions and would naturally get better as quarterback Jared Goff entered his third season.
So far, everything has gone to plan for the Rams, who have started the season a perfect 4-0. This makes the Rams the only undefeated team in the NFC and the only 4-0 team in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs will join them at 4-0 with a win on Monday Night Football.
Not only are the Rams undefeated but most of the games have not even been close.
The Oakland Raiders played the Rams close in the first half and gave the first unit, which hadn’t played all preseason, a punch in the mouth. However, a well-coached team did exactly what a well-coached team does and made adjustments and punished Oakland in the second half.
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In Week 2, the Los Angeles Rams had a bit of a cupcake game against arguably the worst team in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals. That game was never close and Los Angeles won 34-0.
Week 3 presented the first challenge for the Los Angeles Rams in the Los Angeles Chargers. The Rams capitalized on some Charger mistakes and a pass-rush that was missing Joey Bosa to win 35-23.
Even on a short week in Week 4, the Los Angeles Rams were able to pull away with a 38-31 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Although this was the first Rams’ win that was within one possession, the game was always in the Rams’ favor.
Sooner or later, discussions of whether or not the Rams can go a perfect 16-0 will start. To be fair, I am a bit premature in this discussion and could look like an absolute fool in two weeks. However, after four weeks, I am already looking at how the Rams can finish perfect.
Before the season, I wrote a column on the possibility of the Rams going 16-0. It was ridiculed then, this will be ridiculed now and I really do not mind.
This Los Angeles Rams team is far and away the best team in football. Even the Philadelphia Eagles last season looked beatable and human. This Rams team is so dominant in every area of the game; there is a huge gap between them and the second-best team in the NFL.
Just look at the Rams’ performances thus far. The team looked significantly better than both the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings, two teams that should make the playoffs this team.
Heck, the Chargers are some people’s pick to win the AFC. The Rams easily beat them and then proceeded to beat the Vikings without the team’s two-best cornerbacks.
If the Los Angeles Rams were going to lose early it was going to be against the Vikings. Now, the Rams have a fairly easy schedule the rest of the way aside from a few key games.
The New Orleans Saints pose the best threat to beat the Los Angeles Rams. The game is in New Orleans and the Saints have the offense to stand toe-to-toe with the Rams.
But even that game is going to be in the Rams’ favor despite being the road team. The Saints have looked good but have not looked as good as last season. The defense is not great and Goff and Todd Gurley could have a field day, especially in a dome.
The Rams will also serve as the home team in Mexico City against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. That should be a fun game and could be a Super Bowl preview but the Chiefs defense will not be able to contain the Rams offense. By that time, teams will have more film on Patrick Mahomes and he may level out a tad.
Aside from that, the only real tough game is against the Eagles in LA. And while the Eagles are the defending Super Bowl Champions, they are 2-3 plays away from being 0-4 this season. Sure, they are banged up, but they are not the same dominating presence from last year.
The Rams play a Jimmy Garoppolo-less 49ers team twice, the Seattle Seahawks twice and the Arizona Cardinals one more time. That should be an easy five wins.
Outside of the division, the Rams also host the Green Bay Packers, who could upset the team if Aaron Rodgers has a vintage performance. LA will hit the road against the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
Could any of those teams beat the Rams? Absolutely. The NFL always throws curveballs and any team can win any given week.
However, after the Los Angeles Rams started 4-0, the chances of the team going undefeated might be higher than losing any of those games. It sounds crazy, I know.