Los Angeles Rams: 4 grades for 30-22 playoff win over Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay got a monkey off of his back on Saturday night. After a week of slings and arrows due to his being, you know, successful, the national football media was prepared to designate him a flop if he lost to Dallas.
The would-be flop won, beating the Cowboys at their own game and running the ball right down the collective throat of Dallas.
One win, brand new perception.
McVay got a win he needed. Despite a lot of upside for being perhaps the best coach in the NFL, the downside reared its ugly head as a media looking for clicks and column inches began to call into question if McVay was as advertised. As teams looked to find their own version of McVay, talk radio and talk TV began to dismantle what was happening in Los Angeles because that’s what the media does to everyone not the New England Patriots.
In beating the Cowboys, McVay and the Rams solidified who they are and what they have done going back to 2017. It wasn’t quite the Monday Night Football affair that made everyone take notice of all offense all the time, but I’d did signal that Los Angeles can win even in the most conventional of ways.