The Los Angeles Rams were on the winning end of one of the most entertaining football games ever yet are not the common favorites in the NFC.
The Los Angeles Rams came out with a huge statement win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night that ended up being one of the greatest games in regular season history.
This was a huge win for the Rams after falling to the New Orleans Saints just two weeks earlier. While nobody is doubting the Rams as being Super Bowl contenders, losing to both the Chiefs and Saints would have significantly hurt the team’s stock.
None of that matters though and the only thing that matters is the results on the field. It does not matter where you rank in the power rankings or who is the common census favorite. All that matters is who can win when it really matters.
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That is a nice thing to remember for Rams fans, who have fallen out of the public eye as the best team in the NFL despite being tied with the Saints for the best record. Since the Saints won two weeks ago, they have become the NFL’s darlings and the team that is favorited to win the NFC.
And while the Saints definitely have been impressive and have been on a roll since losing a week one shocker to Tampa Bay, I would still give the Rams the benefit of the doubt as the best team in the NFC.
First and foremost is a bit of a trivial point. It is really hard to beat a good team twice in one season. The Rams are as good as it gets and everything went right for the Saints to defeat them. The chances of literally everything going right again in the playoffs is slim.
It took an insane showing for Thomas for the Saints to win that game and the Rams still overcame a three-score deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, the Rams looked really good in that game.
And just from a pure talent standpoint, the Los Angeles Rams have the edge. Both teams have electric offenses but Todd Gurley is still the best running back in football and the Rams still have a menacing defensive line and secondary when healthy.
We said before the game that Aaron Donald would be the equalizer for the Rams against the Chiefs and that is exactly what happened. Without Donald’s efforts on defense, the Rams might have lost that game.
Playmakers like Donald make a huge impact when the postseason rolls around the Brees won’t get the same cushion around the pocket that he did the first time around. While the Saints’ O-line is tremendous, the Rams defensive line makes the difference.
Plus, this is assuming that the two sides even meet in the postseason. Anything can happen and the Rams can meet a different team in the NFC Championship. I genuinely think the Saints are the only team capable of beating the Rams and if another miracle happens, this second matchup could not even happen.