5 reasons Rams should be early NFC favorites over Eagles in 2018

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2. Rams are way ahead of schedule

Originally, the Rams were expected to go through a year or two of rebuilding when McVay came on board as head coach, and rightfully so when looking at how much of a mess this team appeared to be in 2016 whey they won just four games. Instead, Los Angeles ended up being one of the biggest surprises from last season, and even found a way to end up in the history books after becoming the first team to go from worst to first in scoring (14 points per game in 2016 to 29.9 points per game in 2017).

Making McVay the youngest head coach in NFL history seemed like a risk with the potential to work wonders, but nobody ever could have imagined the Rams would quickly turn things around as fast as they did. All of a sudden, McVay has a young team in Los Angeles that seems to be built well enough to be a serious contender for years to come, which seemed impossible around this time last year.

Earning a trip to the playoffs while winning the NFC West title over the Seattle Seahawks only seemed capable of happening after a few years, but here are the Rams in the 2018 offseason, drawing heavy praise for looking like a serious Super Bowl contender after all of the key moves made over the last couple of weeks. Even though Los Angeles wasn’t supposed to be in this great of position this early in the McVay era, they’re certainly not going away anytime soon, as this team is just getting started when it comes to being one of the top teams to beat in the NFC.