After a 2022 season to forget, head coach Sean McVay will be looking for a response from his Los Angeles Rams side for the highly-anticipated upcoming campaign.
Having won the NFL Championship in the 2021 season, the were brought back down to earth last term with a third-place finish in the NFC West.
After some heavy recruitment on defense in the draft, the Rams are ready to go again as they look to get back to the dizzying heights of their 2021 NFL Championship success.
|What||NFL 2023/24 season|
|Where||All across the US with three games scheduled for London and two for Germany|
|When||Thursday, September 7th, 2023 - Sunday, February 11th, 2024|
|How to watch||NFL Game Pass, ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network|
|LA Rams Odds||To win Super Bowl LVIII +6600, to win the NFC +3500, to win the NFC West +650|
3rd NFC West (5-12). Failed to make the postseason.
Reaching the postseason has to be the minimum for this Rams side but it won’t be easy with the San Francisco 49ers and the also competing in the NFC West.
Much will rest on the form and fitness of veteran quarterback Matt Stafford. If the Rams can keep him fit and the 35-year-old finds his rhythm, then this franchise can raise a few eyebrows this season.
Much will also depend on the defense and how it can improve from its efforts last term. Conceding 384 points over the course of the campaign put pressure on the offense who only managed 307 points themselves.
Improving the divisional form will also be key to any Rams’ success this year, as they finished last term with a 1-5 record against their rivals in the NFC West.
After last season's series of disappointments, the Rams are +900 to win the NFC West and +280 to make the playoffs.
The Rams also have the third-longest odds to win the NFC at +4000 and have the fifth-longest odds to win the Super Bowl at +8000,
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is +5000 to win MVP, +2500 to lead the league in passing yards, and +4000 to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns.
Aaron Donald, the Rams' star defensive tackle, is +2500 to lead the league in sacks. With the joint-eighth-shortest odds, Donald has the shortest odds of any interior defensive lineman in this category.
The Rams open up the new season with a trip to Lumen Field to face NFC West rivals Seattle Seahawks on September 10th.
The Rams' opening two games will really set the tone for how this coming season could shape up.
After their trip to Seattle in Week 1, it’s more divisional action the following week, as the Rams welcome the San Francisco 49ers to SoFi Stadium.
The Rams’ first clash with the Arizona Cardinals comes in Week 6 at SoFi Stadium, just a week after facing last season’s runner-ups in the form of the .
There was speculation about his future at the start of the year but the Rams confirmed Sean McVay will stay on as head coach in the coming campaign.
Still only 37 years old, he has made the playoffs four times, won three division titles, two conference championships, and an NFL Championship.
After the speculation over his position at SoFi Stadium, the pressure is on for McVay to deliver this season as the credit in the bank from the NFL Championship success will start running out otherwise.
TE Hunter Long (Miami Dolphins)
QB Brett Rypien (Denver Broncos)
CB Jalen Ramsey (Miami Dolphins)
Edge Leonard Floyd (Buffalo Bills)
WR Allen Robinson (Pittsburgh Steelers)
QB Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
LB Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks)
IDL A’Shawn Robinson (New York Giants)
K Matt Gay (Indianapolis Colts)
S Taylor Rapp (Buffalo Bills)
WR Brandon Powell (Minnesota Vikings)
P Riley Dixon (Denver Broncos)
CB David Long (Las Vegas Raiders)
LS Matt Orzech (Green Bay Packers)
LG Chandler Brewer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
QB John Wolford (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
WR Jacob Harris (Jacksonville Jaguars)
IDL Greg Gaines (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
LB Travin Howard (Buffalo Bills)
RG David Edwards (Buffalo Bills)
S Nick Scott (Cincinnati Bengals)
|Offensive MVP||Cooper Kupp|
|Defensive MVP||Aaron Donald|
|Top rookie||Steve Avila (2nd Round)|
|Breakout star||Cam Akers|
While the Rams are taking it easy with Cooper Kupp after his ankle surgery at the end of last year, the wide receiver is expected to have another big season ahead.
On the other side of the ball, Aaron Donald has put off talk of retirement and will be tasked with leading the defense once again for the challenges ahead.
Steve Avila was the second-round pick in the NFL Draft and there’s hope the guard out of TCU can have an immediate impact for the Rams.
There’s plenty of excitement about what running back Cam Akers might be able to achieve this season. The 23-year-old has the potential breakout year after showing real signs of promise at the back end of the last campaign.