The 2020 NFL season has finally got underway and the early signs are that the Los Angeles Rams could be about to enjoy a successful season. While there is still a long way to go, the following are a few of the reasons we are looking forward to what comes next.
A Solid Start
The 2-0 start to the season is a good beginning in anyone’s books. The Rams began the season with a 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys behind closed doors on September 13. After the long layoff and the uncertainty surrounding the sport, it was good to be back and get a nice win under the belt.
Week 2 saw a 37-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on September 20. Three touchdowns and 20 passes out of 27 attempts for Jared Goff added to a host of impressive stats and made for a comfortable victory.
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The third game of the season is against the Buffalo Bills on September 27. The Bills have lost both of their opening games and it looks like an ideal opportunity for the Rams to rack up a third consecutive win. It should be remembered that the Rams started off 2019 with three straight wins but failed to keep it going, so what else makes us think that 2020 will be different?
The Star Players Are Settled
The recent news that Robert Woods signed a four-year contract extension is welcome, following on from new deals for Cooper Kupp and Jalen Ramsey. With several of the other big stars tied down on long-term contracts too, it seems to be a nicely settled roster.
Getting the best years out of the careers of NFL stars likes Woods and Goff is crucial to the teams’ success. Of course, Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks both left this year, to cut costs and free up some extra salary-cap space. Not everyone agreed with those moves at the time but they now seem to be part of a smart overall plan for a settled future.
A Well-Balanced Roster
Perhaps the key factor this season will be a well-balanced roster where injuries can be compensated for without too much fuss. 2019 was a bad year for the Rams in terms of injuries and this was one of the reasons why the season wasn’t as successful as it might have been.
The 2020 season has started with a range of injuries to players, with week 2 being particularly bad and part of the blame has been put on the lack of a preseason for the teams. The Rams have avoided serious problems so far, with Malcolm Brown, Joe Noteboom, and Cam Akers all suffering relatively minor injuries.
This season’s 53-man roster has a good sense of balance about it, with 11 rookies included in the overall group. The newcomers are spread over the field and should help to ease the way for the phasing out of veterans in the next year or two.
A Powerful Offense
The Rams’ offensive options look impressive for this season. They have a settled offense when compared to most rivals, which is likely to be vital this season as teams try to get back into the groove as quickly as possible.
Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, and Van Jefferson are all terrific options who could end the season with 1,000 yards each. Jared Goff has been posting increasingly impressive passing figures and in 2019 he was the joint top quarterback for passing attempts in the NFL thanks to his 626 attempts.
There is no guarantee of success in football, but these signs are sure to make Rams fans optimistic about what lies ahead.