THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' window to win a Lombardi Trophy opened in 2018 and they capitalized with a trip to Super Bowl LIII.
Considering they went all-in to build a star-studded roster for that effort, some may have thought their Super Bowl window would be short. However, coming off a 10-6 season and looking ahead to 2021, the Rams continue to be in prime position for a division title and playoff, if not Super Bowl, run.
Preparing for their sixth season in L.A., and what they hope will be their first in front of fans at SoFi Stadium, the Rams front office and general manager Les Snead are proving the flashy, daring moves they made over the last five years are hallmarks of their decision making.
The Seahawks improved to 11-4 and clinched the NFC West. If the Rams had won, they would have been able to clinch their third division title in four seasons next week.
After an embarrassing 23-20 loss to the New York Jets in Week 15, the Rams have now lost two straight for the first time this season. Their ability to earn a playoff berth will come down to Week 17, when they host the Arizona Cardinals (8-7) at SoFi Stadium.
The Rams must defeat the Cardinals to clinch a playoff spot or else depend on the Green Bay Packers to defeat the Chicago Bears.
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks could pick from a handful of moments last season when they knew receiver DK Metcalf was special.
It could've been in Week 1, when he played 19 days after knee surgery and broke Steve Largent's record for receiving yards in an NFL debut with 89 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. Or midway through the year, when he went for a season-high 123 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving him three scores in two weeks. It might not have been until the wild-card round, when his 160 yards (plus a touchdown) against the Philadelphia Eagles set an NFL playoff record for a rookie in the Super Bowl era.