Saturday will be the LA Rams’ sixth playoff game under Sean McVay, which is six more than they had in between the Mike Martz era and the end of the Jeff Fisher years. And 2020 is the first time in franchise history — a period of 84 seasons — that the Rams finished first in both points allowed and yards allowed.
The Rams hadn’t finished in the top-10 in points allowed since 2001, and hadn’t finished first since the mid-seventies under Chuck Knox.
Two years ago, McVay led LA to a Super Bowl thanks to an offensive attack that took the league by surprise, but then they caught on. It is no less impressive though that McVay and Les Snead have managed to get the Rams back into the hunt two years later with an offense that ranked 22nd in scoring, and even that feels generous. It is as though McVay had a bit of the best of Martz and a bit of the best of Knox, within a couple seasons of each other.
McVay is the first Rams coach since Knox to lead the team to being both first in scoring for a season and first in scoring defense for a season, Knox having done so in 1973 for offense, then ‘74 and ‘75 for defense.
And the Rams always got closer to their Super Bowl aspirations when it was the defense out in front.
This week, the team to beat is the 13-3 Green Bay Packers, also known as the new kings of NFL offense. How nice for Packers head coach Matt LaFleur to have been on the staffs for both of those number one offenses. It’s strength against strength and I want to know what you think will happen this Saturday.
In a Reverse Q&A, I post my questions for you down in the comments and you give me the answers. Because you’re as much of an expert as anyone and your opinions matter as much as the yahoos on TV who will be picking Green Bay.