LA Rams: 2022 Season Preview

The LA Rams have a tough season to follow after their Super Bowl LVI triumph against the Cincinnati Bengals. Fans will be expecting Aaron Donald and company to spearhead another charge this year, but with high-profile losses like Von Miller, can the franchise repeat the heroics of last season? The Rams are not a lock to go all the way, as early indications from sportsbooks show that the Rams do not have the best odds to win the Super Bowl this year.

Whether or not the Rams win the ultimate prize, they are still one of the NFL’s best franchises. Some fans will take their chances with Rams prop bets, especially on the performance of standout players like Aaron Donald. Plenty of bettors are counting on the Rams for future bets on things like making it to the NFC Championship or the Super Bowl. Will they go that far this season? Here is a preview of the Rams 2022 season.

Sky High Expectations After Super Bowl LVI 

After their first Super Bowl triumph since moving back to Los Angeles, the Rams now have sky high expectations moving forward. The franchise is consistently moving in the right direction, especially after securing the services of star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. It looked as though he might retire after last season, but he reversed his decision to the delight of Rams fans. The Rams also extended the contract of head coach Sean McVay to keep his solid leadership in place. 

Although other teams like the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently have better odds to make the Super Bowl, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams make it there for a second consecutive year. This is undoubtedly the expectation set by the fans and roster of players, and with the right amount of dedication, it could just happen. 

Players the Rams Will Miss

Unfortunately, the Rams are missing some key players from last season. Valuable edge rusher Von Miller has moved on to Buffalo, reducing the Rams’ defensive capabilities. The LA franchise has also lost offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth to retirement and wide receiver Robert Woods, who has moved on to Tennessee. Superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who reinjured his ACL during the Super Bowl, is a free agent and the Rams decided not to resign him.

These player losses aren’t ideal, but there is also no reason to panic. Les Snead is a savvy and intelligent general manager, bringing in receiver Brandon Powell, DT Kentavius Street, WR Allen Robinson, and LB Travin Howard. Hopefully, these new additions settle in quickly to make fans forget about the departures of essential players like Von Miller. 

The Importance of Aaron Donald 

Aaron Donald is easily the best defensive player in the NFL and the only legitimately irreplaceable player on the Rams team, so the announcement of his renegotiated contract was fantastic news for fans and players alike. Without the human colossus at the heart of the Rams’ defense, many experts argue that the Bengals would have won Super Bowl LVI. Donald had two sacks during the game, also making a game-sealing pressure play to close out the win in the closing moments. 

Les Snead said it was fruitless to try to replace Aaron Donald. The defensive tackle declared that he would stay at the Rams for as long as Sean McVay coaches the team, so it seems likely he will be an indispensable part of the defense for years to come. With Donald on the team, the Rams have arguably the best defense in the entire NFL. If they can keep the offense firing on all cylinders, there is no reason why they can’t go all the way again this year. 

Regular Season Schedule

The Rams have an intense start to the season with an encounter against the Buffalo Bills. These franchises are two of the main favorites for the 2023 Super Bowl, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Here is a full rundown of the 2022 Rams schedule: 

Week 1: Sep. 8 (Thu), vs. Buffalo Bills 

Week 2: Sep. 18, vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 3: Sep. 25, at Arizona Cardinals

Week 4: Oct. 3 (Mon), at San Francisco 49ers

Week 5: Oct. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 6: Oct. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 7: BYE

Week 8:  Oct. 30 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 9:  Nov. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 10: Nov. 13 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Nov. 20 at New Orleans Saints

Week 12: Nov. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 13: Dec. 4 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 14: Dec. 8 (Thu) vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Week 15: Dec. 19 (Mon) at Green Bay Packers

Week 16: Dec. 25 vs. Denver Broncos

Week 17: Jan. 1 at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 18: Jan 7 (or Jan. 8) at Seattle Seahawks

Our Rams Season Prediction 

We will not use puppies to predict the Super Bowl like Jimmy Fallon. Our Rams season prediction is based on facts and expert opinions. 

We are predicting that the Rams win their division with an 11-6 regular season record. If their star players stay healthy, the Rams could easily make it back to the Super Bowl, but they could have their hands full with the AFC Champion, which would likely be Buffalo, Kansas City or Cincinnati.

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