Repeating as the Super Bowl champions is no easy task in the NFL, with the last team to do so happening nearly 20 years ago, when the New England Patriots winning it all in 2003 and 2004.
The Los Angeles Rams, fresh off of their Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals, look to join those Patriots teams in the record books.
While the Rams may not enter the season as the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, it would not be misguided to believe they can win the NFC once again. Their roster is slightly different but notable improvements, with offseason signings of receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, will improve the team.
Ahead of the 2022 season, NFL.com projected the starters for the Rams on both sides of the ball, showcasing a roster capable of going back-to-back.
Projected Offensive Starters
QB Matthew Stafford
RB Cam Akers
WR Cooper Kupp
WR Allen Robinson
WR Van Jefferson
TE Tyler Higbee
LT Joe Noteboom
LG David Edwards
C Brian Allen
RG Logan Bruss
RT Rob Havenstein
- Receiver Allen Robinson (free agency signing)
- Right Guard Logan Bruss (NFL draft)
- Left Tackle Andrew Whitworth (Retirement)
- Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Free agent- still unsigned)
In 2021 the Rams offense averaged 27 points per game, which was good for seventh in the NFL. They return the same offense this season, which features the superstar duo of Stafford and Kupp, while adding receiver Allen Robinson to the mix. Replacing left tackle Andrew Whitworth won't be easy, but projected starter Joe Noteboom has the full confidence of the Rams' coaching staff.
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Both quarterback Bryce Perkins and wide receiver Lance McCutcheon look to build off solid performances last week.
Factor in a likely full season of Cam Akers as well, who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles, and this Rams offense looks deadly on paper. Sean McVay and offensive coordinator Liam Coen are likely salivating at the opportunity to draw up plays for the weapons they have at their disposal, as the Rams once again boast one of the best offenses in the NFL.
Projected Defensive Starters
DE Greg Gaines
DT Aaron Donald
DE A'Shawn Robinson
OLB Leonard Floyd
ILB Bobby Wagner
ILB Ernest Jones
CB Jalen Ramsey
CB Troy Hill
CB David Long Jr.
S Jordan Fuller
S Nick Scott
- Inside Linebacker Bobby Wagner
- Cornerback Darious Williams
- Outside Linebacker Von Miller
As the old saying goes, defense wins championships. While the Rams featured one of the NFL's premier offenses last season, they likely would not have made a run to the Super Bowl without a defense with talent across the board.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, arguably the best in the NFL at their positions, anchor the Rams defense. The addition of Bobby Wagner over the offseason helps shore up an area of need for the Rams, as the linebacker position at times struggled in 2021. If guys like Jordan Fuller and Troy Hill can continue to take the next step in the Rams' secondary, the Rams may very well field an elite defense in 2022.
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