It feels like it's been much longer, but the Los Angeles Rams were playing in the Super Bowl just 15 months ago. However, heading into the 2020 season, Sean McVay's team has a win total projection of 8.5 games and are distant underdogs to win the Super Bowl.
Rams Super Bowl Odds 2021
The Rams may not be at their peak, but they have enough talent on the roster to be better than 15th-favorite to win the Super Bowl at +2800 on FanDuel Sportsbook. With an extra playoff spot available as well, their chances are being significantly undervalued.
The Rams have undergone significant turnover in the last year, with Todd Gurley among the list of recent departures. Many of the key members of the coaching staff from their Super Bowl run are no longer with the team, such as former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
That being said, the Rams finished 12th in DVOA last year, ahead of the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts, who both have better odds to win the title. They had a top-10 defense, but their offense slipped to No. 17 overall. But with new offensive reinforcements in the draft in Cam Akers and Van Jefferson, the Rams might not be far away. Cutting Gurley was a tough decision to make, but it freed up cap room without hurting the team much in the short-term.
The Rams did lose some talent on defense too, including Cory Littleton, Clay Matthews, and Dante Fowler Jr. The front office managed to add Leonard Floyd and re-sign Michael Brockers, so it's not all bad news. The team is deeper on defense than offense, and there's some talent that can step up to make a difference next year.
However, the biggest question for the Rams will be quarterback Jared Goff, who regressed badly in 2019. Goff's numbers were his worst since his rookie season, but it's not hard to imagine him returning to the level he was at in 2017-18, especially if the Rams' staff can adapt their offensive system during the offseason. Goff is still rightly viewed as a system quarterback, but his luck and decision-making should improve in 2020.
Overall, the Rams are still in position to contend despite a tough division and should be getting a bit more attention.
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