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Why the Rams Will Not Be the Worst Team in the NFL This Year

 

Everyone is writing the Rams off as the worse team in the league. I don’t think that is the case. I think the team that is most likely to pick ahead of us next year is the Buffalo Bills. Here’s why:



QB-

No matter who plays QB for the Rams this season might still be better than or at least equal to the Bills QB. If Sam Bradford is the starter we definitely win this category, at least for the games he is playing. The Bills will either have Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Brian Brohm as their starting QB. I’d say Sam beats any of those three by a good margin. If AJ Feeley is the QB, I’m not sure which team is better off at the position. But Bradford will eventually be playing in some games this year so I say we definitely have the leg up here.

Winner: Rams

WR-

The Bills have one better receiver than us. Lee Evans is better than everyone on the Rams. However, they have no one after that. The next three on the depth chart are umm… Roscoe Parrish, the return specialist, ummm… Marcus Easley and ummmm…….. James Hardy? Well, needless to say I don’t know much about these guys, so I’ll let Madden evaluate. Those last three overall scores are 64, 62, and 61 respectively. While we are pretty deep at #2 and slot receivers. We have Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson, Laurent Robinson, and Mardy Gilyard, none below 70 overall. Both teams lack a #1 receiver, Evans is more of an Avery type, but a better, more reliable target. So the Rams have more targets to go to, and that can’t be said about many teams. "The Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Bills, is that a wide receiver corps or a witness protection program?"

Winner: Rams

HB-

This is a tough one to rate. The Rams clearly have the best running back, but the Bills have better running back depth. So it comes down to if you would rather have 85% Steven Jackson, 15% Ogbannaya/Darby/Toston, or 100% of some combination of Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, or CJ Spiller. I’d have to say we win 85% of the time, but having all those guys being well rested and in the game at different times could be dangerous. I’ll leave this one to a poll. But I’d have to say Rams win on account of only one can make an impact at a time and because of our:

O-line-

I honestly don’t know a lot about the Bills O-line, but I know they are not very good. Again, I’ll turn to Madden. There best O-lineman is a 81 overall rated guard. They have no tackles and have average at best guards and centers. Rams have a 2nd year, 2nd overall LT, big free agent signing of a LG and C, and a 2nd round rookie RT, and plenty of options at right guard no worse than anything the Bills have.

Winner: Rams

TE-

Neither team really has any established TEs. I think Hooman will be better than anything the Bills have. And we also have the potential of Antonio Gates on our sidelines, but there is really nothing here to distinguish between the teams, since there is no proven talent at all.

Winner: Push

Offense seems to clearly favor the Rams to me; defense is where things start to balance out a little.

Front 7-

Bills are transitioning to a 3-4 this year so its hard to rate them. I think both teams are pretty even in this category. They were one of the few teams that were worse in run D last year. They added a nose tackle in the 2nd round in Torrell Troup which seemed like a reach and also added Alex Carrington to play 3-4 DE. They also added veteran MLB Andra Davis to help the transition. So there are plenty of question marks there. But the Rams aren’t much different. We have some big question marks with the veteran OLB, Darrell Scott and Hall Davis. So the front sevens are by no means established in stopping the run.

Winner: Push

Secondary-

Bills have the slight advantage here. I’d say Atogwe and Jairus Byrd cancel out. The probably have better strong safeties. The difference really comes in the CBs. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin are stronger than Bartell and Fletcher/Murphy at least this early in Fletcher and Murphy’s career.. The depth after that is also pretty equal. Winner: Bills So, Rams definitely has an offensive advantage, with a much better QB and O-line. I think our running game will be better since we have the better line. The Bills had a worse offense than us last year and didn’t do much to improve it. Run defense is a push, and pass defense goes to the Bills. Overall I’d say the Rams are definitely better than the Bills. Marc Bulger would be a clear cut starter in Buffalo.

 

That is why we are not the worst team in the league.

Also another reason, there is already talk of Joe Haden being a bust.

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