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Sep 30, 2018

Who is Going to Stop These Rams?

After an impressive 38-31 win against the Vikings on Thursday the Rams move to a 4-0 record on the season. Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns, as Kupp, Cooks, and Woods all surpassed 100 yards and found the end zone. The Rams offense is firing on all cylinders. It makes sense too. Goff is playing in his third NFL season and second under offensive mastermind Sean McVay. He is starting to show signs of becoming the elite quarterback he was drafted first overall as. The Rams also signed Brandin Cooks this offseason to go with an already solid receiving core of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. And oh yeah, they have Todd Gurley, the best running back in football.

Rams Making Good On Preseason Potential

The Rams knew they were going to be good and made a splash this offseason. They acquired Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh to completely revamp their defense and send a message to the league that they are shooting for the Lombardi trophy. The acquisitions have paid off thus far as the Rams are Vegas' Super Bowl favorites with 2-1 odds (after opening at a 20-1 mark). Even with all the talent the Rams have on the field, it's their coach that may be the real key to their success.

Sean McVay took over the reins last year at the ripe old age of 30. He helped turn a 4-12 team into an 11-5 division winner and playoff contender. McVay and the rest of the offense now have a year under their belt together and it's showing. The Ram's have the perfect combination of offensive scheme and talent. McVay seems to know what's coming before the defense even knows what they're doing, and Goff and company have been executing the game plans perfectly. “The guy doesn’t sleep. He’s always putting in work in. That’s why we just play the way we do because he just comes in with the greatest game plan ever and you get to smiling,” Gurley said of McVay on Friday. McVay helped transform the Rams from the worst scoring offense in 2016 to the top scoring offense last season. As this team continues to grow and learn together, the ceiling really is the limit for this offense.

High-Flying Offense Will Be Difficult To Stop

Only Kansas City's offense has shown comparable firepower to what the Rams are doing thus far in the young season. However, the Chiefs defense is forcing them to win shootout-style games, giving up over 30 points on average in their first three matchups. The Rams defense, on the other hand, is giving up just under 17 points a game.  Meaning their offense, while it showed it can do so on Thursday night, won't be competing in stressful, high scoring, blow for blow games every week. With so much seemingly going right for the Rams on both sides of the ball, a front office which is committed to winning now, and a young phenom of a coach, the question across the league is who will stop these guys?

Dan Quinn