2021 Season Preview: One of the biggest moves of the off-season was LA’s decision to replace quarterback Jared Goff with rifle-armed Matthew Stafford. With talented targets including newcomer DeSean Jackson, Stafford could pass the Rams to a division title and all the way to the Super Bowl. That may depend on the defense, which counts on the shutdown skills of cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Injuries can change the picture in a hurry in the NFL, but if Stafford and his teammates stay healthy, they could have 10 wins by Thanksgiving.
2020 Season Roundup: Defense was the name of the game for the Rams in 2020. Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, and Jalen Ramsey led a unit that allowed just over 18 points a game. The LA offense had its moments, too. Jared Goff threw for almost 4,000 yards, with wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods combining for 182 catches. The Rams finished second to the Seahawks in the NFC West but beat them in the playoffs. Unfortunately, LA didn’t have enough firepower to get past the Packers in the next round.
2020 Season Roundup: The Rams showed how hard it can be to return to the Super Bowl last season. This season, they a super-focused on getting back to the big game. Quarterback Jared Goff should rebound from a poor 2019 and the offensive line hopes to stay injury-free. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive tackle Aaron Donald could finish 1-2 in Defensive Player of the Year voting. If that happens, the Rams should easily win a dozen games, even with the 49ers in the same division.
2019 Season Roundup: The Rams just missed a return trip to the playoffs with a 9–7 record. Injuries on offense slowed the team, while the defense didn’t make the big plays it did during its Super Bowl run the year before. The team used running back Todd Gurley less and quarterback Jared Goff more. The result was Gurley’s lowest-ever total of rushing yards, while two receivers—Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp—put up 90-catch seasons. Aaron Donald and Marcus Peters had All-Pro seasons on defense.
2019 Season Preview: Losing the Super Bowl often makes teams better. Rams fans certainly hope so. To return to the big game, L.A. will need another big year from Jared Goff and Todd Gurley will have to stay healthy. The team has talent at every position and a young, dynamic coach. Newcomers Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews give the team greater depth and experience.
2018 Season Roundup: The Rams won the NFC championship in overtime against the Saints to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. They fell to the Patriots 13–3 in a tough defensive battle. The Rams were the class of the NFC during the regular season. Todd Gurley led the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns and had his second All-Pro season in a row. Jared Goff threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns. His favorite receivers were Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks. The Rams’ defense starred pass rushers Aaron Donald and Ndomukong Suh. Gurley was the Offensive Player of the Year and Donald was the Defensive Player of the Year. Sean McVay was named Coach of the Year.
November 19, 2018: The Rams defeated the Chiefs 54–51. The 105 total points set a record for a Monday Night Football game. The Chiefs’ 51 points were the most ever scored by a losing team in league history.
2018 Season Preview: After a sensational 11-win season, the Rams will have to prove they can rule the NFC West again. With the always-dangerous Seahawks and improving 49ers in the same division, they won’t have much room for mistakes. Quarterback Jared Goff will have a new receiver to target in 2018, Brandin Cooks, and will continue to use running back Todd Gurley as a key part of the passing game. The Los Angeles defense has lots of star power—the challenge will be for the D to mesh its individual skills for 60 minutes a game.
2017 Season Roundup: The Rams made one of the great turnarounds in NFL history, going from 4–12 to 11–5 in one season. Jared Goff proved that he was a big-time quarterback, Todd Gurley was an unstoppable running back, and Aaron Donald was named Defensive Player of the Year. The Rams’ special teams were the best in the league. A loss to the Falcons in the playoffs was a disappointment for Los Angeles fans, but the team’s future looks bright.
January 1, 2018: Running back Todd Gurley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the fifth time during the 2017 season.
2017 Season Preview: The Rams should double their four wins from 2016 if quarterback Jared Goff continues to improve. He’s got an NFL arm and NFL toughness. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald is playing a new position, but that shouldn’t keep him from getting votes for Defensive Player of the Year.
2016 Season Roundup: The Rams’ first season back in Los Angeles fell short of expectations. After starting the year 3–1, the team collapsed and won only once more. The poor finish cost coach Jeff Fisher his job. Among the few bright spots were receiver Kenny Britt and Aaron Donald. Britt became the first Rams wide receiver since 2007 to reach 1,000 yards. Donald, a ferocious defensive tackle, was the team’s best player and was honored as an All-Pro for the second time.
2016 Season Preview: The Rams begin their second stint in Los Angeles with a chance to have their first winning season since 2003. That will take repeat performances by running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who were two of the best players at their positions. Los Angeles will also need improvement from its receivers and its pass defense. Most of all, Case Keenum must grow into the quarterback job.
2015 Season Preview: A super-tough defense will have to keep the score low for quarterback Nick Foles, who may not have much help on offense this year. He’ll be depending on a lot of young linemen to protect him. If they step up, the Rams could be a playoff surprise.
January 31, 2015: Defensive Tackle Aaron Donlad was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
September 1, 2014: Another knee injury will keep quarterback Sam Bradford off the field, giving Shaun Hill a chance to break out in 2014. The Rams will need big years out of running back Zac Stacy and pass rushers Chris Long and Robert Quinn if they hope to compete in the NFC West.ess than 100% heading into the season.
December 22, 2013: Robert Quinn had three sacks against the Buccaneers to set a new team record with 18 for the year. He finished 2013 with a total of 19.
November 10, 2013: Tavon Austin returned a punt 98 yards and scored twice more on two long passing plays. He joined Gale Sayers and Randy Moss as the only players 22 or younger to score three TDs of 50 or more yards in the same game.
October 13, 2013: Alec Ogletree intercepted a pass by T.J. Yates of the Texans on the 2 yard line and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest “Pick 6” ever by a rookie, and tied a n NFL record for the longest touchdown return by a linebacker.
September 4, 2013: Coach Jeff Fisher promised he would make a difference in his first year with the St. Louis defense and special teams, and he did. Now he focuses on quarterback Sam Bradford and a very young offense. If Fisher has the same success, the Rams could sneak into the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. The team will need inexperienced players such as Chris Givens, Daryl Richardson, and Brian Quick to play like veterans for that to happen.
February 2, 2013: A poor first half doomed the Rams to a third-place finish in the NFC West. Sam Bradford and Stephen Jackson had standout seasons to lead the offense, but the team was outscored by 49 points to finish 7–8–1. The tie was the first in the NFL since 2008.
September 16, 2012: Danny Amendola caught 12 passes in the first half of a game against the Washington Redskins. He was just the second player in NFL history with a dozen reception in one half.
Summer, 2012: Sam Bradford is a year older and wiser, and the Rams have a great new coach in Jeff Fisher. If the blocking holds up, St. Louis could shock the experts and go all the way to the playoffs in 2012.