Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: St. Louis Rams



Key Additions

TE Jared Cook, OT Jake Long, WR Tavon Austin (draft), OLB Alec Ogletree (draft), S T.J. McDonald (draft), WR Stedman Bailey (draft), C/G Barrett Jones (draft), CB Brandon McGee (draft), RB Zac Stacy(draft)

Key Losses

RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Matthew Mulligan, C Rob Turner, CB Bradley Fletcher, S QUintin Mikell, S Craig Dahl

Team Analysis

Like the Cardinals, the Rams are an improving NFC West team whose record probably won't improve because of how tough the division is. They are also almost guaranteed to lose 4+ games in the division alone, which makes attaining even a .500 record an uphill battle with a tough schedule. With the losses of Jackson and Amendola, the offense is in a tough place and Sam Bradford may once again struggle due to lack of weapons/running game. At least his protection has improved with Jake Long manning the blindside. The defense is certainly the bright spot of this team, but they will have to be as good or better than that of San Francisco and Seattle if the Rams want a chance at making the playoffs. Luckily, they will have two first rounders once again next year, and they might be just one solid draft away from being a true contender.

Projected Wins

6-8

2 comments:

  1. I disagree. The loss of Amendola is not that big a deal over the last couple of years he's been out injured more than he's played. Jackson is a bigger loss but he's been in the league a number of years and been carrying the offense on his back every year. He's just not the back he once was. I also disagree with the lose +4 games in the division. Last year they were 4-1-1 in the division and their defense has gotten better. Their offense is the question mark. I think they're better. The offensive line is definitely better. The backfield is younger and Faster unfortunately it's also more mistake prone. Especially Pead. The same can be said for the Wide Receiver's They have a lot of speed at the Wide Receiver position. As soon as they don't start running with the ball prior to catching it they will be a whole lot better. I predict 8-10 wins with a playoff berth next year.

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    1. Right on fellow Ram fan!

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