If you found yourself as the LA Rams head coach Sean McVay, how would you have crafted the Rams game plan for this opener? Well, the bomb seemed like the perfect way to go, didn’t it? Playing on Sunday Night Football set the stage for the Matthew Stafford era of this LA Rams offense. It was all set up throughout the entire offseason.
The LA Rams offense regressed over the past two seasons. One of the reasons was the 2018 contest against these Chicago Bears, the team that held one of the most prolific scoring offenses to just six points. From that game, the New England Patriots improved on the defense and held the LA Rams offense to just three points.
The Rams hot air balloon offense sprang a leak and suddenly the team’s ability to score eroded. Putting points on the scoreboard became challenging in 2019 and downright difficult in 2020. It got so bad that the LA Rams coaching staff led by head coach Sean McVay knew that a change was due.
So the Rams pulled the trigger on a deal that sent quarterback Jared Goff, a 2021 fourth-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 first-round pick to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was a huge gamble for the Rams, who had already gotten as far as the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. In effect, the Rams were cashing in the quarterback who had gutted out getting them that far for the chance at a quarterback that they hoped will take them even farther.