The Los Angeles Rams are 3-1 sitting at the top of the NFC East at the quarter mark of the 2016 NFL season. Say what?
Rams are 3-1. Seattle Seahawks are also 3-1, the Arizona Cardinals are 2-3 (after last nights win) and the San Francisco 49ers are 1-4 (after last nights loss) keeping a close eye on the cellar. Let’s just say it’s a good thing the 49ers are in possession of their first round pick next year. It’s a toss up between them and the Browns at this juncture for the first selection in 2017. I think the Browns will get better. I’m not so sure about the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick can’t be that much worse than Gabbert can he?
In 2015 the team was 2-2 at this point before injuries and bad QB play pushed them to their eventual 7-9 finish. In 2014 the team lost 3 of their first 4 contest on their way to a 6-10 record. 2013 was the same 1-3 result on the way to a 7-9 finish. To be frank I can’t think of one pundit, fan or psychic that predicted the Rams would be sitting atop the NFC West with a chance to keep the good vibes going against a red hot Buffalo Bills team in LA this Sunday. I sure didn’t.
Rex Ryan has his Bills playing extremely well after letting his OC go two weeks ago and spanking a Patriots team led by a rookie third string QB. The Bills are for real but so are the Rams. It’s no secret what either team will try and do on Sunday. Run the rock. Ryan and Fisher have both long been fans of pushing the pill up and down the field via the ground game and this weekend will be no different. Another likeness between the two clubs is they both like to take big shots downfield after teams start crowding the box to stop the run. The Bills best WR (Sammy Watkins) is on injured reserve but they have Marquise Goodwin and his world-class speed to blow the top off the defense when they want to go deep. Ask Darrelle Revis how that feels as he watched Goodwin blow by him as if he was standing still early in week two on a nine route that resulted in six points.
The Rams have their own speedsters in Tavon Austin and Brian Quick and at the end of the day with both teams trying their best to pound the ball it will probably come down to which team can connect on the big play that takes home the victory. The Rams have the edge here. Although both teams sport outstanding defenses the Rams are playing at home, have better corners and have a little more juice to play with. The Bills have the better QB on the field but the Rams have the better team. That will be enough to push the 2016 Los Angeles Rams to a 4-1 record.
All this with Jared Goff holding a clipboard.
What say you Sports Nation?
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