3 reasons why the Rams should be Super Bowl favorites next season

The Los Angele Rams finally won the Super Bowl. It was the first title for the franchise since 1999 when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in one of the greatest finishes in Super Bowl history. Well, last year’s version did not disappoint either. Matthew Stafford and the Rams put together a drive, scoring the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. The defense held on and the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 to win their second title in franchise history. But everyone knows how difficult it is to repeat as Super Bowl champions. After all, the last team to accomplish that was the New England Patriots almost 20 years ago in 2003 and 2004.

Well, this Rams team is set up to do just that. They obviously have the talent. Things generally need to line up just right for a team to repeat as champs. But that is exactly what is likely to happen for the Los Angeles Rams next season.

Here are the three reasons the Los Angeles Rams will repeat as Super Bowl champions in the 2022-2023 season.

3 Reasons the Los Angeles Rams Should Be The Super Bowl LVII Favorites

1. Rams offseason acquisitions

The Rams made some interesting moves this offseason. They traded away one of their most well-known and most respected players in wide receiver Robert Woods. They sent him to the Tennessee Titans in a shocking move. Considering the unknown status of former All-Pro wideout Odell Beckham Jr., that seemed like a gamble.

But they went out and signed Allen Robinson to take Woods’ place. Robinson might be the most naturally gifted receiver Matthew Stafford has played with since Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson. Robinson is a tall, rangey wide receiver who can go up and high point the football. That’s something this Rams offense has lacked since Sean McVay arrived a few years ago.

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They didn’t stop there though. They then went and signed six-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner.

The linebacking corps for the Rams has been known to be the team’s biggest weakness for a number of years. Los Angeles shored that up with one fell swoop. Wagner is easily one of the game’s best linebackers and is on track for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet, the Rams nabbed him at age 32. He still has some juice left in the tank.

These acquisitions fill major holes and should help solidify the Rams as front-runners this season.

2. Backfield Health

One of the biggest issues the Rams faced last season was health. In particular, health with their backfield. Starting running back Cam Akers missed most of the season with injury. Darnell Henderson Jr. and Sony Michel filled in admirably. But Henderson Jr. has been unable to stay healthy throughout his entire career, which reared its head last season. Michel, on the other hand, is always healthy. He just isn’t very explosive. Michel is a solid between-the-tackles rusher who runs down field but is unable to make guys miss. He’s not explosive and is not going to take a play to the house very often.

Akers is fully healthy and expected to be able to take on a full work load next season. This guy showed in the past what he is capable of when fully healthy. He also says all the things you want a young tailback to say regarding his future.

Akers is not resting on the team’s success. He wants to make a name for himself and is motivated to do just that. Knowing how deadly the Rams passing attack is, I would expect the Rams tailback to find holes all season long.

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3. Lack of Depth in NFC

Arguably the biggest reasons the Rams should be favored to win the Super Bowl is the lack of depth in the NFC. The conference is filled with mostly abysmal teams. That begins with their own division, the NFC West.

The Seattle Seahawks are clearly in rebuilding mode. The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly planning on starting Trey Lance at quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are dealing with numerous off-the-field issues that do not seem to be resolving themselves. But the entire conference as a whole is a mess.

The NFC East has been god awful for years. Anyone who things the Cowboys are legit threats needs to go look at their history books. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders are both improved and could easily take that division from Dallas.

The NFC North has the Green Bay Packers and no one else. But even they cannot be trusted. Aaron Rodgers tends to fall flat on his face in the playoffs and he’s without a true top wide receiver for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, the rest of the division is sub par.

The NFC South has the only real threat to the Rams in the NFC. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Tom Brady back and a number of weapons. They loaded up on both sides of the ball, and brought back most of their free agents. The Bucs are legit. But that is literally the only team that should scare the Rams.

Meanwhile, the AFC is completely stacked. You could argue, which I did previously, that 10 of the top 12 teams in the NFL are in the AFC. It all lines up for Los Angeles to become the first team since New England nearly 20 years ago to go back-to-back.

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