The time has come to put the cards on the table and start playing for chips. Tonight Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams open their season with a prime time show against Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium.
Who will be the player of the game? Here are a few prospects.
If Stafford is the player of the game, it would be because he threw for four touchdowns and over 300 yards marking the ninth game of his career with four TDs. He likely handled the game like a seasoned veteran with no fumbles and no interceptions even while having to negotiate an imperfect pocket and is given credit for spreading the ball effectively to five different targets.
If AD is the player of the game, it would be because he got four sacks in a single game being the third such game of his career. He likely got a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss, leading a defense that keeps the Bears under 20 points in the game.
If Kupp is the player of the game, it would be because he racked up 11 receptions in a single game which he’s done three times before in his career. He likely contributed a touchdown reception and three converted third downs.
Of course all of that with the caveat that each players performance led to a week one victory.
All the predictions and projections have been made on wins, scores, spreads, and fantasy points. Now that we got player of the game, that should about cover it. Only thing left to do is rock and roll. Cards on the table. Game on.
Who do you think will be the outstanding player of the game?
And now for today’s links:
How well will the LA Rams offensive line hold up on SNF? (RamblinFan)
Sean McVay feels good about Rams’ return specialists, including Jake Funk (RamsWire)
Game-by-game predictions for Rams this season: What will LA’s record be? (RamsWire)
3 Keys to Winning for the Rams against the Bears (Rams.com)
Vikings legend, Pro Football Hall of Famer Mick Tingelhoff dies at 81 (NFL.com)
Eagles sign OT Jordan Mailata to four-year, $64M extension (NFL.com)
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley cleared to play in season opener, source says (ESPN)
Jordan Mailata, Philadelphia Eagles reach 4-year, $64 million extension (ESPN)