In 2014, the St. Louis Rams traveled to JerryWorld to take on the Dallas Cowboys in what was shaping up to be a perfect tell-all game. A young team coming into their peak after the RGIII trade of 2012 had finally come to fruition, the Rams were looking to lean into their defense and running game in Head Coach Jeff Fisher's third year following a disastrous second ACL injury to QB Sam Bradford had removed him from the season storyline.
With the Bye Week looming in Week 4, the Rams zoomed out to a seemingly insurmountable 21-0 lead. Seemingly wrong. The Rams' defense and running game collapsed as the Cowboys matched their record for the biggest comeback in franchise history.
In deflating and demoralizing fashion, the Rams were sent to a 1-2 record and promptly lost three of the next four game coming out of the bye. The 2-5 Rams limped through the rest of the season inviting what is now familiar Fisherball parlance with soft media coverage enabling ever more of the same.
Fast forward to 2017.
A new coach. A new roster. A new Rams.
Or so we're hoping to believe.
The 2017 Los Angeles Rams are back at the site of what could be pointed to as the game that undid them just three years ago looking to validate the early excitement around the offensive explosion under Head Coach Sean McVay. This is the biggest test for these Rams hoping to prove that their contention in the NFC is legitimate and beyond just hype and headlines. With RB Todd Gurley being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month, there's plenty of style behind today's matchup.
The question is whether or not the 2017 Rams are of any substance.
Today, we'll find out.