Why will the LA Rams win Super Bowl LVI? Two words: ALL IN! The Rams have moved all their chips into the middle of the NFL poker table this season. Their approach to team building is one of players over draft picks. In recent years they have eschewed the usual method of utilising high draft picks mixed in with seasoned established players. The Rams GM, Les Snead, is a gambler and he has dealt his Head Coach Sean McVay as strong a hand as possible.
Almost three years on since their last, deflating, Super Bowl appearance (losing 13-3 to the New England Patriots) the Rams have household names all over the field. In the offseason they jettisoned Jared Goff to give Matthew Stafford a long-awaited shot at leading a Super Bowl calibre offense. Although Stafford has been streaky, his good days have outweighed the bad. His supporting cast is enviable with league-leading wide receiver Cooper Kupp the outstanding receiver. The ground game, often crucial in the playoffs, has also improved of late with Sony Michel and now bolstered by Cam Akers (returning from injury). What price the enigmatic Odell Beckham JR, another mid-season trade acquisition, making a game-changing play at some stage over the next month?
The defense is star-studded. Upfront the destructive force of Aaron Donald has been joined by Von Miller, yet another gun-for-hire picked up Snead before the trade deadline. Behind them the likes of lockdown corner Jalen Ramsey and safety Taylor Rapp lie in wait to round out what has been a consistent top-10 defense all season. The Rams will be happy to see the stuttering Arizona Cardinals during wild-card weekend and may be hoping to try to avoid their kryptonite, the 49ers. Their route to the Super Bowl probably runs through Lambeau Field so they will need to avenge the week 12 28-36 loss to Green Bay. If the Rams can ride another hot-streak, led by Matthew Stafford, they can be the second team in two years to win the Super Bowl on their home turf, the magnificent SoFi stadium.