The Los Angeles Rams are the odds-on favorites to win the NFC West and have a great chance of getting back to the Super Bowl for a second straight season. Having won the division the last two years and boasting one of the best rosters in football, it’s no surprise the Rams are viewed as the top team in the NFC West.
However, computer simulations don’t see it that way. ESPN simulated the 2019 season 20,000 times and came away with predictions for each and every game on the schedule – including how the postseason will play out.
Surprisingly, the Rams started the season 0-3 – including a 27-3 loss to the Saints in Week 2 – and eventually 2-6, according to the simulations. They rallied to finish the season 9-6-1, swiping a wild-card berth to get into the playoffs.
After making the postseason, the Rams beat the Eagles in the wild-card round, the Packers in the divisional round and once again reached the conference championship game. There, however, they lost to the Saints in the simulation, 17-10.
New Orleans exacts revenge on the Rams one year later after Los Angeles was sent to the Super Bowl thanks to a missed pass interference penalty on Nickell Robey-Coleman in last year’s NFC title game.
The Rams winning only nine games is certainly possible, but it seems unlikely due to the overall talent they have on the roster. They won 13 games a season ago, and that was without Aqib Talib and Cooper Kupp for eight games. Unless disaster strikes, the Rams should be good for at least 10-plus wins and a playoff berth.
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In ESPN’s simulations, the Saints beat the Chargers 40-33 in Super Bowl LIV – a stark contrast from last year’s 13-3 defensive battle between the Rams and Patriots.
One day after finalizing their 53-man roster, the Los Angeles Rams worked to build out their 10-man practice squad. They stayed in-house for the practice squad this season, opting not to sign any players released by other teams to the unit.
There are a handful of undrafted rookies, a former AAF quarterback and a running back who played four games for the Rams last season all on the practice squad, so it’s a good mix of players.
Meet the 10 players on Los Angeles’ practice squad, beginning with quarterback John Wolford.