Are the Los Angeles Rams still NFL mid-season championship material?
Even despite falling to the Tennessee Titans who dropped their record to 7-2 and second in the NFC West standings?
Bleacher Report NFL columnist Maurice Moton addressed the Rams’ chances in his latest column, âNFL Playoff Predictions at the Midseason Markâ published on the morning of Tuesday, November 9.
Good news for the members of the “House of the Rams:” Moton is still high on the Rams despite the Sunday Night Football debacle. But does that mean he’s predicting the second season of the Vince Lombardi Trophy winning teams? Here is what he said in order.
Divisional round prediction: rematch of the 2020 playoff game
First off, Moton and B / R leave the Rams in the first round.
That meansâ¦ he and the national outlet have the Rams at 14-3 overall and secure the best NFC record when all is said and done.
And who awaits Aries in their prediction? The team that eliminated the Rams from the NFC playoffs in January 2021: the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers not only ended the Rams’ season with a 32-18 home victory, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers managed to make plays under heavy pressure, including this one in his own end zone:
This time around, the Packers, the No.4 seed as Moton predicted, end up welcoming the Arizona Cardinals to start – meaning he and B / R think the current Cardinals 8-1 will go 5- 3 to the end and will lose winning the division, causing the planned road trip to Lambeau Field in the wildcard round.
After the Pack goes past 30-24 cards as Moton predicted, Green Bay heads to SoFi Stadium. And Moton predicts this:
âIn a quest to reach a third straight NFC Championship game, Green Bay runs into a roadblock. The Los Angeles Rams are equipped to defend the Packers’ top offensive pointers, âMoton wrote.
And, “quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Rams’ offense shouldn’t have a problem scoring touchdowns on a defense that ranks 31st in the red zone.”
The choice: Rams 32, Packers 27. Rams host NFC title game.
NFC Championship game pick: Week 3 reunion rematch
Maybe the “bone” jerseys come out for this one. Because the Moton and B / R team are coming to the “Rams House?” The team that fell to the Rams when they wore the âbonyâ look: the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Yes, Tom Brady and company reappear in a conference title game. Shocking, right?
But in this case, not surprisingly, it’s the top two teams in the conference going head-to-head as the No.1 and No.2 seeds – on top of that, it’s all about ‘a rematch of the Week 3 meeting won by the Rams 34-24. What does Moton say about this one?
“The Rams are one of the few teams that can match the Buccaneers’ offensive firepower and make critical saves to limit Tom Brady and his playmakers,” he wrote in his NFC title game prediction. He adds that âCornerback Jalen Ramsey can’t cover all of the Buccaneers’ high-end playmakers, but Brady won’t have much time to pitch with (Aaron) Donald, (Von) Miller and (Leonard) Floyd in his neck. The Rams hit Brady in the pocket with a dominant defensive performance. ”
Game prediction for the NFC title: Rams 31, Bucs 24â¦ giving the Rams their fourth NFC title.
Super Bowl pick: Rams get home MVP nominee
The Rams continue the theme of the big home game, continuing what the Bucs accomplished in the last Super Bowl.
And who comes to LA to add to the star power of the game? The Buffalo Bills and their MVP contender, Josh Allen, who is currently second in the MVP race.
But will this game boil down to the arm and theatrics of Stafford or Allen? No, as Moton and B / R believe.
“The defense that manages to generate the most pocket pressure will win this game,” is the written prediction.
And Moton later adds this statement prediction:
âBased on that premise, the Rams have an advantage in this game. The Bills don’t have the staff to put Stafford uncomfortable in their pocket.
Here is. Rams overtake Bills 30-27 to clinch their second Super Bowl title – but first for head coach Sean McVay, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods (against the team that drafted him), Ramsey, Donald and finally, Stafford.
The full version of Moton’s column can be read here.