Los Angeles Rams
The Rams relocated to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016, but it was certainly not the first time the team had moved. Founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, the team moved out to L.A. after their 1945 championship season. They were then shipped off to St. Louis for 20 years starting in 1995 before ultimately ending up back in southern California where they currently reside. Over the years they have played in numerous stadiums and ballparks, but will start 2020 in the brand new SoFi Stadium.
As previously mentioned, they won the first of their championships back in 1945. The Rams won another in 1951 after losing the 1950 title game to the Browns. They have been to four total Super Bowls, falling the Steelers in 1980 and triumphing over Tennessee in 1999 with their “Greatest Show on Turf” offense. They have reached the Super Bowl twice more since, in 2001 and 2018, but lost both times.
Currently a member and 13-time champion of the NFC West, they previously played in the NFL Coastal, Western Conference, National Conference and Western Division over the years. The Rams have made the postseason 29 times in their long history.
The Rams are currently owned by real estate tycoon and businessman, Stan Kroenke. He acquired a part of the team in 1995 and became the full owner in 2010. He and his wife own a handful of sports franchises, included the Denver Nuggets and Avalanche as well as Arsenal FC of the English Premier League. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of the team. Les Snead is the teams general manager and Devin Demoff is its president.
Head Coach Sean McVay will be entering his fourth year in charge. He was brought in after a stint as a Washington Redskins coach and offensive coordinator. McVay will be working with a fresh set of coordinators this season with former NFL QB Kevin O’Connell handling the offense and Vic Fangio disciple, Brandon Staley managing the defense.
The Rams storied history has produced more than a few Hall of Famers over the years. From running back legends Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk to defensive stars Deacon Jones and Kevin Greene, the team is well represented in Canton. Their most recent additions include some of the key pieces of their Super Bowl winning team, quarterback Kurt Warner in 2017 and wide receiver Isaac Bruce in 2020.
The Rams spent their first round pick to acquire Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars and didn’t make any picks until day two in this spring’s draft. They strengthened their running backs room with the selection of Florida State star Cam Akers in the second round. Five selections later they nabbed Van Jefferson, a wide out from Florida. They used their remaining seven picks to fill a variety of needs on both sides of the ball, plus a placekicker.
2020 will see the team led into battle again by quarterback Jared Goff. He should have plenty of weapons to throw to with wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and tight end Tyler Higbee lining up with him. On the other side of the ball, two-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald will be back to wreak havoc one opposing offensive lines once again.
Just two years removed from a title game appearance, DraftKings sportsbook lists the Rams as 40/1 to win it all this year, and 18/1 to win the NFC conference. With last years NFC champs, San Francisco in the division, as well as Russell Wilson’s Seahawks, they are currently priced at +550 to win the NFC West. A slight underdog to reach the postseason at +149 (and -182 to not qualify), the Rams have a win total of 8, juiced -125 to the over and +103 to the under.
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