of the season in order to go to the playoffs, or else the 6th spot would have gone to the Buccaneers. The Packers then beat the Eagles, number one seeded Falcons, and division rival Chicago Bears to make it to the Super Bowl where they defeated the Steelers. The Giants followed suit a year later. In order for the Giants to go to the playoffs, they would have to win their last game and win the division. The Giants did just that and then beat the Falcons, number one seeded and defending Super Bowl Champion Packers, and number two seeded 49ers. The Giants then repeated history by beating the favorite Patriots in the Super Bowl. Last but not least, the Ravens didn’t have to win their last game to get into the playoffs, but they still made a miraculous run lead by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. The Ravens easily got through the first round by beating the Colts, but then beat Denver in a double overtime thriller and then shocked New England at home. The Ravens then won it all against the 49ers in the Har-bowl.
The number one seeded teams are meant to have an advantage with the bye week, but that just hasn’t been the case in the last decade as three of the past ten Super Bowl Champions have been wild-card teams and five of the past ten champions didn’t get the first round bye. This hasnt just been the case in football either. The L.A. Kings in Hockey pulled off a similar run last year and it looks like a lower see could win the cup again this year.The St. Louis Cardinals pulled off a similar run in 2011 and almost did it again last year. Runs like these have become more common and the Rams have the pieces to do it, it’s just a matter of putting them together.
One thing that the Rams have going for them is good front office and coaching. The Rams finally have stability at the ownership spot in Stan Kroenke and have a good foundation built with Les Snead and Jeff Fisher. Fisher was one of the most successful coaches in his tenure in Tennessee, and took the team to their first Super Bowl, ironically losing to the Rams. The Titans have got 15-17 since Fisher left and aren’t looking to be any better this season. The Rams hired Les Snead last season to his first general manager job, Snead previously was the director of player personnel. Good front offices and coaches are all something that a Super Bowls champion needs. The Packers have Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson, the Ravens Have John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome, and the Giants have Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin. Fisher and Snead could be the next great duo.
The Rams also have a good defense. It is said that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. That statement could not be more true. Every team that has won the Super Bowl had a defense ranked in the top 10. The Packers in 2010 had a defense that was ranked number five. Their defense hasn’t been the same since which is part of the reason they haven’t been back to the big game. The Rams defense in very good as they tied for the lead in sacks last season. Their front seven is arguably one of the best and their secondary is pretty darn go od except for the safety position. The Rams defense should without a doubt be top 10 next season of not top 5. The Rams defense could very well be a super bowl caliber defense.
One thing that the Packers, Ravens, and Giants all had in common were that they all were able to win on the road. The Packers beat the Falcons and Bears on the road in their Super Bowl run, the Giants beat the Packers and the 49ers on the road, and the Ravens beat the Broncos and the Patriots on the road. The Rams had a tough time winning games on the road the past couple of seasons. The Rams let a few road games slip away in 2010 leading to them not getting into the playoffs, and then lost a few tough road games last season. The Rams more than likely wont win the division meaning if they make the playoffs, they will have to win on the road. It is said that defense travels well, therefore the offense needs to step up and score points on the road. If the Rams can win on the road, making a Super Bowl run will be very possible.
The Rams very well could be the Ravens or Giants of 2013. Nobody expected to Giants or Ravens to be in the Super Bowl, and nobody is expecting the Rams to be there this season. The Rams have a lot of young talent on their team, and if those players play like veterans, there is no doubt that this team could do it. They have a solid front office and a solid defense. Those are the two most important things you need to make a run. The Rams may still be a year or two away from making a run, or making the playoffs for that matter, but when all is said and done, they have the potential to surprise a lot of people and maybe even shock the world by winning the super bowl for the first time since winning in 1999.