The NFL decided to remove the Los Angeles Rams from primetime in Week 7 when they take on the San Francisco 49ers.
Thanks to a 5-0 start, the Los Angeles Rams are viewed as one of the early candidates to make a serious run at the Super Bowl in the NFC, and rightfully so when looking at the talent they have to work with on both sides of the football.
Even before the 2018 season officially got underway, the Rams were viewed as a strong favorite after improving in the offseason after last year’s surprise emergence of becoming the team to beat in the NFC West.
However, just because Los Angeles was so successful last season didn’t mean they were guaranteed to pick up where they left off in 2018, especially with the rise of the San Francisco 49ers towards the end of last season.
Despite how awful they looked in the first half of last season, the 49ers actually ended the year on a hot note once Jimmy Garoppolo took over the starting role at quarterback by going 5-0., which also led to the quarterback receiving quite the hefty contract not long afterwards.
Between Garoppolo running the show in San Francisco along with Jared Goff finally living up to the hype of being a top quarterback in the league, the 49ers and Rams seemed like one of the top new rivals to get excited about in the NFC for years to come. In fact, many believed that if any team within the division was going to give Los Angeles a scare for the NFC West title, it was going to be Garoppolo and San Francisco.
Rightfully so, the first meeting between the Rams and 49ers originally received the primetime spot in Week 7 since this meeting was supposed to consist of two of the league’s top quarterbacks on the rise.
But since this matchup doesn’t appear as exciting with Garoppolo out of the picture, it looks like NBC decided to switch things up that week by going with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals instead.
All things considered, this move shouldn’t come as a surprise one bit since San Francisco’s season has quickly gone downhill following Garoppolo suffering a torn ACL a few weeks ago, as the team only has one win heading into Week 6.
As bad as it sounds, the 49ers no longer look like a potential threat to the Rams since the team couldn’t even figure out a way to defeat the previously winless Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. And even though anything is possible on any given week in the NFL, early signs point to Week 7 potentially turning into a blowout win for Los Angeles.
Rams fans certainly would have loved to see their team rewarded with a primetime game in the national spotlight, but luckily there’s still plenty of time for that to happen. When looking at how quickly Sean McVay has made this team a strong contender in the NFC, Los Angeles should have plenty of opportunities for primetime games for years to come.