The Los Angeles Rams, exhibiting one of the most talented yet lucrative rosters in the NFL, are headed to the NFC Championship game. Dominant run defense and a balanced offensive attack were on full display this past weekend as the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 in a home Divisional matchup.
The Rams have lived up to their preseason hype as Super Bowl favorites. On offense, quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley II and receivers Brandon Cooks and Robert Woods have made the Rams one of the more exciting teams to watch. Defensively, although inconsistent at times, the Rams have shown flashes of Super Bowl-bound ability. Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh anchor the defensive line, while Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have led the secondary.
But before they can aspire to win the Super Bowl, they must first get past the New Orleans Saints. The Saints bested them in a regular season offensive showdown, 45-35. But, the Rams have the personnel offensively and defensively to avenge that loss, and to win the Super Bowl.
Below, are three reasons the Rams will win Super Bowl 53
3. The emergence of Todd Gurley/C.J. Anderson rushing duo.
The Dallas Cowboys had no answer for the rushing attack provided by C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley last Saturday. The two combined for 238 yards on 39 attempts, to go alongside three rushing touchdowns. If this formula can be duplicated for the remaining possible two games of the playoffs, it’s hard to foreshadow any team stuffing the duo.
What makes this reasoning so strong is the storyline behind it. Anderson was initially signed by the Rams for insurance purposes after Gurley dealt with a knee injury late in the season. Cut by the Carolina Panthers after being used sparingly, Anderson made the most of his opportunity, rushing for nearly 300 yards in his two starts to conclude the regular season. Because of his hot hand, Anderson was mixed in with Gurley to form a powerful rushing attack. This could be a big factor in the Rams Super Bowl chances.
2. Jared Goff/Sean McVay
It is well established that Sean McVay is a playcalling wunderkind. He has let his light shine with his innovative offensive prowess and his unbelievable memory recall. But his work with Jared Goff has propelled the Rams offense into a scary sight.
Goff has passed for 4688 yards and 32 touchdowns to 12 interceptions this season. McVay’s offensive scheme has allowed Goff to flourish and with weapons such as Brandon Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (who’s injured) McVay and Goff have appeared to be a match in offensive heaven.
If McVay’s playcalling mixed with Goff’s playmaking ability continue its great run of chemistry, it will be hard to see the Rams without hoisting the Super Bowl trophy. Both quarterback and coach have spearheaded the success of the Rams and will need to continue doing so.
3. Aaron Donald
The NFL’s most dominant and feared defender is the key factor for the Rams winning a Super Bowl. Donald led the charge in last week’s dominant showing against the Cowboys as they shut down Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was held to 47 yards on the ground, on 20 carries and a lot of that came wreaking havoc, allowing his defensive cohorts to make the plays.
It’s that aspect that makes Donald such a special player. Yes, his sack numbers are gaudy-even more impressive that his 20.5 sack totals are from a defensive tackle. But how he disrupts the run and pass game is what has kept the Rams afloat. And those same dominant skills are what will make the Rams Super Bowl winners. Whether it’s the Saints, Rams or Chiefs, Donald’s performance will make or break the Rams in the end.
Todd Gurley performing at an All-Pro level with C.J. Anderson spelling him. Sean McVay’s playcalling matched with Jared Goff’s ability to spread the ball around. Aaron Donald spearheading the defense to championship levels. If all factors are combined, it will be hard to see the Rams not being crowned Super Bowl champs.