Which LA Rams players have a chance to win an NFL award in 2023?
By Bret Stuter
Amidst all of the hedging over the LA Rams 2023 NFL season lies some silver lining as well. Sure, this team is a bit on the nebulous side, a group of young or simply inexperienced NFL players who will be promoted as much out of necessity as talent, and the LA Rams will hope for the best. Hope for the best, sure. But the only way to avoid disappointment and mid-season meltdowns is to allow for the fact that many of the Rams players are about to experience their first season in the NFL, and mistakes are bound to happen.
While we practice strengthening our patience, there is a flip side to this coin. What are the chances for any of the LA Rams rookies to land one of the coveted Rookies of the Year awards? For that matter, what are the odds for any LA Rams player to earn a coveted award this season? Well, for that answer, we dialed up the FanDuel NFL: Season Awards Betting Odds as of May 22, 2023, to find out.
AP NFL Regular Season MVP 2023-24
I - Matthew Stafford: +6000 LA Rams veteran quarterback is on the radar, currently with +6000 odds of being honored with the AP NFL Regular Season MVP 2023-24. Does Stafford have a shot this season? Well, realistically speaking, his chance rests in the hope that the LA Rams can shock the NFL and earn a playoff berth this season.
II - Cooper Kupp: +15000 Stafford's teammate, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, is on the fringe of winning the award, currently believed to have +15000 odds of being honored. For him to have a legitimate shot, he will need to break the NFL All-Time Single Season Receiver records He could, but it's an uphill battle.
III - Aaron Donald: +20000 Finally, venerable LA Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald makes the list as well, with a +20000 odds of being honored. With so many honors and accolades already in his trophy case, it seems fitting that one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL has this added to his NFL career. While it's next to impossible, never say never when you are talking about Aaron Donald.
AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year 2023-24
I - Cooper Kupp: +2000 The truth is that the Rams have one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in Cooper Kupp, and if he is healthy this season, he is clearly one of the favorites to win this distinguished honor. But he is not the only player from the LA Rams roster to be named.
II - Matthew Stafford: +12000 There is a very symbiotic relationship between Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Cooper Kupp. If Stafford's only 1000-yard receiver is Kupp, then look for Kupp to be the lead for this honor. But if Stafford can unlock multiple 1000-yard receivers this season for the Rams' offense, he could be a dark horse for this honor.
III - Cams Akers: +25000 If you feel a bit crazy, the fact that LA Rams running back Cam Akers is even on this list could be a positive omen. After all, he has not even had a single 1000-yard season so far. But he finished the season with three consecutive100+ yard games. While some LA Rams fans were not overly impressed, it appears that oddsmakers were.