The Rams goal to participate in in Tremendous Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium — a property date that can be achieved far more conveniently by securing home-field gain for the playoffs.
The 1st stage entails successful the NFC West.
That won’t be uncomplicated.
The division is regarded as just one of NFL’s hardest, with the Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals all regarded as contenders.
“Selfishly, desire it was a lot easier,” Rams standard supervisor Les Snead said. “But realistically, well conscious that, gentleman, we participate in six game titles that are — doesn’t make a difference how excellent you are. It’s likely to be a struggle.”
The Rams received the division two times in 4 seasons underneath mentor Sean McVay.
In 2017, the Rams grew to become division champions for the 1st time due to the fact 2003, and then misplaced a house NFC wild-card game in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons. In 2018, a 13-3 record attained the Rams a bye into the divisional spherical. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a home game before beating the New Orleans Saints in additional time on the highway in the NFC championship sport. The New England Patriots conquer them 13-3 in the Tremendous Bowl.
The Rams concluded third in 2019 and missed the playoffs. Previous season, they ended up 2nd powering the Seahawks, forcing them to get a wild-card sport at Seattle ahead of advancing to enjoy a divisional-round game at Inexperienced Bay, the place the season ended.
With new quarterback Matthew Stafford and a protection led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the Rams look primed to win a different division title.
The 49ers, underneath coach Kyle Shanahan, are making an attempt to rebound from previous season’s damage-connected nosedive and return to 2019 form, when they gained the division and highly developed to the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks’ division title final year was their first considering that 2016. The Cardinals have not received the division due to the fact 2015, when they advanced to the NFC championship activity.
A look at the division:
How they can win the division: If quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo comes back powerful from an ankle injuries — and Shanahan also proficiently performs rookie quarterback Trey Lance into an offense that functions limited close George Kittle — the 49ers could be formidable. Defensive lineman Nick Bosa has returned from a knee personal injury, building an superb front seven even superior.
Why they wouldn’t: Accidents. That’s true for just about every NFL staff but the 49ers past time turned it into an artwork form. If Garoppolo struggles and Shanahan is gradual to change him, that also could established them back. DeMeco Ryans was promoted to defensive coordinator from in just, but can he get as a lot out of his gamers as Robert Saleh did right before leaving to turn into coach of the Jets?
How they can earn the division: Russell Wilson exhibited MVP form by the very first 5 games past year, cooled some the relaxation of the way and the Seahawks nonetheless completed to start with. If managing again Chris Carson stays bodily seem and Wilson goes to the next level with receivers Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Freddie Swain, the Seahawks could repeat, primarily with a protection that includes linebacker Bobby Wagner and protection Jamal Adams.
Why they would not: Wilson, upset by offseason speculation that he was near to being traded, strays from his trademark laser concentration and falters. Carson is sidelined by damage. Mentor Pete Carroll loses a cope with on how to create 10th consecutive profitable year.
How they can gain the division: Kyler Murray, in his third period, places it all with each other as a passer and runner and finds a way to assist close Sean McVay’s domination of the Cardinals. Three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt injects a new perspective that lifts the complete roster.
Why they would not: Sad to say for the Cardinals, the Rams are developed for a Super Bowl run, the Seahawks are a perennial winner beneath Carroll and the 49ers are one year eradicated from taking part in in the Tremendous Bowl. The Cardinals require to verify they can make far more than occasional clutch plays.