The LA Rams have never been here before, at least to my recollection. To what am I referring? Well, it's not the fact that the LA Rams are back in the playoffs, that's for certain. The Rams have earned a berth in the NFL Playoffs in five of the past seven years.
Curiously, it's all part of the Rams' 3-year cycle, now in its eighth NFL season of adhering to a repetitious track of three years in which the Rams fail to make the playoffs in Year 1, compete in the postseason in Year 2, and finally compete in the Super Bowl in Year 3. It has been a cycle that the Rams have completed for two full repetitions, and are now successfully completed in the second year of a third cycle:
What I am referring to is the fact that the LA Rams have never had to play an NFL villain before. Why do I say that? The Detroit Lions (12-5) are finally hosting an NFL Playoffs game after a drought of greater than 30 years. As such, the fans of the Lions have plenty of unbridled optimism and hope to advance in the 2024 NFL Playoffs.
Right now, the LA Rams stand in the way of the Detroit Lions and Lions fans from accomplishing their dreams for postseason competition. The Detroit Lions, for lack of a better term, are the NFC's version of a Cinderella team, a team that had not been invited to the NFL big dance in the past. So in the context of a fairy tale performance by the Detroit Lions, the LA Rams would somehow be the villain in this story.
The question is, who makes the best villain on the Rams roster, and which villain are they?