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

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1. Rams’ offense is just scratching surface

When taking everything into consideration when compared to the Eagles, whether it’s the uncertainty of injured players being ready for Week 1 or simply players who may be gone soon, the argument can be made the Rams are in better shape on the offensive side of the football. And if the other 31 teams in the NFL thought Los Angeles was scary on offense in 2017, just imagine how dangerous this unit could look next season after having a year of McVay’s system under their belts.

Similar to Goff, Todd Gurley was another member of the Rams who was unfairly written off by many heading into last season after failing to record a single 100-yard rushing game in 2016, although once again, it wasn’t entirely his fault. Thanks to the poor offensive line along with the fact that Los Angeles found themselves trailing in most games, it was easy to understand why Gurley struggled to get anything consist rolling on offense, but that obviously wasn’t the case at all this past season.

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With an improved offensive line along with Goff having a better receiving corps to work with courtesy of players like Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp, Gurley watched his game hit a whole new level in 2017. To see an offense that was an absolute disaster the year before by averaging just 14 points per game breakout as one of the most dangerous units the following season was truly incredible by Los Angeles. Best part is, Gurley and company seem like they’re only scratching the surface when it comes to the potential surrounding this offense, as the Rams may find a way to be even more effective on that side of the football during McVay’s second season as head coach, which is actually terrifying to think about.