The Los Angeles Rams were a team primed for a loss on Sunday afternoon. Lesser teams would have relented and lost the stare-down to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
They didn’t. The result is an 8-0 record heading into another NFC showdown, this time on the road against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
While a 10-0 deficit on the scoreboard isn’t a guaranteed loss, a 10-0 deficit to Rodgers can be. The Rams and head coach Sean McVay deserve a ton of credit for seizing opportunities and turning them into points. And in the case of a late fumble recovery, recognizing clock management was much more important than any points for the team resume.
After eight weeks, fans and the league know exactly what the Rams are. Secrets don’t last long in the National Football League, and in the words of Bill Parcells, you are what your record says you are.
The 8-0 record of the Rams says this is a team who will contend for a Lombardi Trophy. Los Angeles is the the real deal, and while the National media tend to miss this team, eight others can attest to the proven theory that the best team isn’t always featured in prime-time. But they are in Los Angeles.