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Saints, Rams went all in for 2022 but now look forward to 2023

Both teams expected to have more than three wins headed into Week 11

Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

It’s oft-discussed that the Los Angeles Rams went all in by trading future draft picks for proven star players. Sean McVay’s team had their hopes set much higher than a disappointing 3-6 record to start the season.

The New Orleans Saints, who sit at a similar 3-7 record, are also much-maligned for operating their salary cap like it’s an American Express card. General manager Mickey Loomis enters each offseason bumping right up against the salary cap limits, but with some void year and restructuring magic New Orleans finds a way to field a competitive team year in and year out.

But while both teams have fallen off a cliff in 2022, at least the Rams can gain comfort in their Super Bowl LVI victory.

This Week 11 clash is about building momentum for the 2023 campaign as much as it has anything to do with this season. With key starters absent due to injury, it’s time to give the young, unproven players a chance to earn future roles. The experience gained during this rough patch could help return to contention when next year brings a clean slate.

Kenneth Arthur & JB Scott discuss the Saints matchup and how the Rams can move forward on this installment of Turf Show Times: The Podcast. Subscribe via your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode.

  • Who is worse off for 2023: Rams or Saints?
  • Should Rams draft OL
  • Why Grayson McCall or a QB could be the right pick on day 2
  • Needing insurance for Matthew Stafford next year
  • Saints injury report is another reason Rams have no excuses this weekend
  • Where are the Saints in your power rankings?
  • Do the Rams have the worst special teams in the NFL?
  • “I just want the Tutu Atwell situation to be explained”
  • How bad were the Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell picks?
  • The Rams aren’t growing out of their bad draft picks
  • L.A. is suffering because of bad process in the draft
  • Could Rams lose any coaches this year?
  • Should Rams go out and get a run-first offensive coordinator?
  • What’s at stake?