John Breech of CBS sports put out his season predictions on Tuesday. Let’s start in the NFC West division where he has the San Francisco 49ers going from worst to first and finishing as the division champions with 12 wins. In second place with 11 wins he has the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks in third and the Arizona Cardinals last.
In terms of playoff seeds, in the NFC, Breech has the Los Angeles Rams placing in the fifth seed and defeating the Washington Football Team in the wild card round 27 -20. In the divisional round the Rams are predicted to beat the top seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-23. We get a sneak preview at that match up in week three of the regular season as the Bucs travel to SoFi stadium. Then by these predictions the LA Rams would meet the two seed Green Bay Packers in the NFC conference championship game in which the Packers win 23-20. This would also be a rematch game both from 2020 and also because the teams meet in the regular season at Green Bay in week 12.
That would be tough to swallow for the Rams to be ousted by the Packers for the second consecutive season, but maybe they won’t be. In case you missed it, NBC’s Peter King put out his predictions on Monday and he has the Rams seeding a bit higher and finishing a bit further. Remember, Peter King predicted the Rams would play in the Super Bowl in 2018. Here’s what he says about 2021:
King on his Super Bowl LVI prediction: “I’m picking a Rams-Bills Super Bowl. Obvious rejoinder: What’s wrong with Kansas City and Tampa Bay? You had them ranked 1-2 in the spring. The answer is, Nothing. I really liked the Bills and Rams when I went to their camps. I think it’s Buffalo’s breakthrough year, and I think Matthew Stafford gives the Rams the kind of offensive confidence and explosiveness they haven’t had since we all thought Jared Goff was The Answer, in early 2018.”
King on the Rams: “Simply put, Matthew Stafford gives (Rams head coach Sean) McVay, one of the smartest offensive brains in the game, the first chance in his five seasons as coach to have confidence in calling everything on his play sheet. Everything. Stafford has the arm to make every throw, and the brain to know when to make one throw versus another.”
And to round out the predictions, here are the takes by they guys at NFL Networks Good Morning Football:
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