Can Stafford lead Rams to SB LVII victory?
Despite just arriving, Stafford flourished in McVay’s offense in year one. So it only makes sense that in year two he should only get better, be more efficient, and even lower his 17 interceptions. That was the most he had thrown since 2013 and was due primarily to working with a constant stream of new receivers each week.
All of his other numbers were outstanding, but the interceptions did contribute to the three-game losing streak in November. The most important takeaway is that he got it done in the postseason. If the LA Rams are unable to extend Odell Beckham Jr., that will be disappointing. OBJ had a big postseason, but he caught just 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight games during the regular season.
On the other hand, WR Robert Woods will be returning off his ACL injury. Woods was starting to build a decent rapport with Stafford. He caught 45 passes for 554 yards with four touchdowns in nine games. Stafford expressed how much Woods meant to the team during media day. His return will provide a huge lift for the team. Woods will be a significant boost to the offense, not just in receptions, but in blocking and running plays as well. All of this suggests Stafford should be able to be even better next season and win the division again.
Landscape Of The League Next Season
With LA Rams Head Coach Sean McVay returning, the team will be right up at the top of the league again next season. One unknown variable is the rumors that reported DT Aaron Donald may decide to retire. In fact, both McVay and Donald were reported as considering retirement. But both have repeatedly denied those reports in post-game interviews
The Rams face tough battles with the San Francisco 49ers again in 2022. But how effective will the 49ers be with new quarterback Trey Lance? The Green Bay Packers will be formidable as long as QB Aaron Rodgers doesn’t leave. The Dallas Cowboys could be a threat if they finally get out of their own way and stop believing all the pre-season hype and unlimited promotion. If the Arizona Cardinals can resolve their drama with QB Kyler Murray, they could round out the biggest threats in the NFC. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are the early favorites. But several teams were hampered by injuries and could return in 2022 with a vengeance.
The Rams have a chance to be the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in 2004-2005. I think there is a realistic chance that they could make it back!