If you had any doubt, put it to rest. The Los Angeles Rams are every bit as good as the 6-2 record they take home with them for Week 10, and the Houston Texans.
The Los Angeles Rams played a game against the New York Giants, and it wasn’t even close. But that didn’t matter. LA went to the East Coast, played a game in the early broadcast window of 11:00 am on the West Coast, and smoked a team they absolutely should have.
That’s what a winning football team does.
Make no bones about it, the Rams improbable run continued after a bye week that could have seen them cool a bit after a shutout of the Arizona Cardinals 33-0. While they may not have blanked the Giants, a 51-17 trouncing on the road is as decisive a message to the league as any a team can deliver.
Quarterback Jared Goff impressed against a clearly overmatched Giants defense. The second year QB would go for 14-22, 311 yards and four touchdowns. Rams head coach Sean McVay continues to push all the right buttons with the one time “bust,” getting the most from that position each week.
The Rams, who finally have a home game in the Los Angeles Coliseum in Week 10, will miss rookie sensation Deshaun Watson when the Houston Texans come to town. For better or for worse, it’s a different dynamic that should have LA as a home favorite and the Rams facing a team they should beat.
At 6-2, and for the first time in better than a decade, the Rams are beating teams they should beat, and are a legitimate threat to not just be a playoff team, but a contender for the NFC West title.
That’s no hyperbole folks, just facts.
Today proved that the Rams aren’t a mirage in the deserts of Los Angeles. They are for real, and a team to be reckoned with for the next eight weeks.