Three weeks into the 2021 season and the Los Angeles Rams are a perfect 3-0. Matthew Stafford is showing that all he needed was a change of scenery and a few good wide receivers. Through three games, Stafford is averaging 314 yards passing and has nine passing touchdowns and only one interception. Rams star receiver, Cooper Kupp, has started the year with 25 receptions for 367 yards and five touchdowns.
So, with all those stats jumping off the page so early, only one question matters here. Are the 3-0 Rams pretenders or contenders? Let’s check it out.
Week By Week Breakdown
–In week one, LA showed out in their first game with Stafford holding the Chicago Bears to only 14 points and scoring 34. Stafford lit up the Bear’s secondary with 321 passing yards and three touchdowns. In the first regular-season game with fans at the new SoFi stadium, the Rams played well.
— In week two, the game was much closer and less efficient. Stafford still managed to finish two late drives to give the Rams the lead late. Thankfully the defense stepped up and shut down the Colts in their final two possessions. A 27-24 victory that wasn’t pretty but a win is a win for the Rams.
–In week three, a tough matchup with the defending champion Buccaneers brought plenty of pressure. However, pressure makes diamonds and Stafford and company were shining. LA simply outplayed Brady and the Bucs behind Staffords 343 pass yards and four touchdowns. The defense kept Brady in check and prevented the big plays and a 34-24 victory was what LA got.
In the first three weeks, the Rams have looked scary good. While their defense has still allowed 21 plus in back-to-back weeks, there’s no need to worry. So what does all this mean?
Well, the Rams have found the perfect quarterback for their system. Stafford has the arm to throw the long ball but also controls the field and his defense isn’t too bad either. If LA can manage to keep putting up 30-plus every week but limit their opponents, they are easy contenders. Yes, it is still early but I had the Rams high up in my NFC power ranking and so far they are living up to the hype. The chemistry already developed between Sean McVay and Stafford is electric and the whole team is bought into the process. The Rams were playing for a Super Bowl not too long ago and Stafford I think is the final piece of the puzzle.
The only way the Rams do not live up to the hype will be based on their next two games. They host division rival the Arizona Cardinals in Week Four, which will be a shootout game between Stafford and Kyler Murray. Then the Rams have to recover quickly as they go on the road to face another tough division foe in the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football in week five. Therefore, those are two huge games considering the Rams are atop the NFC West in the standings alongside the Cardinals.
If LA can manage to come out of that two-game stretch at 5-0, they will control the NFC West. However, if Arizona and Seattle know what those games mean, LA has a tough two weeks ahead. A team will rarely get tested on their legitimacy only five weeks into the year. Especially when the test is against two division rivals. Seattle and Arizona could shake the division up and kill the Rams’ momentum in these next two weeks or LA will prove us wrong.
Final Verdict: Contenders
While the next two weeks will be tough for LA, I think they are the real deal. From their high-flying offense to their solid defense, the Rams are going to be a serious problem this season. I can see them easily capturing a one seed and having the NFC run through SoFi which funny enough is the host of the Super Bowl this year. Keep an eye on this potential NFC West juggernaut to climb the mountain top of the NFL in February.
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