Daily Dose: 2018 Season Predictions

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here's a look at what's out there for Tuesday September 4th about your Los Angeles Rams:

NFL PREVIEW 2018

ESPN released its preview for the complete 2018 NFL season on Tuesday. The preview includes what to expect from each team, a projected record, breakout fantasy star, QB depth ranking, bold prediction, and more. 

ESPN's power index puts the Rams over/under at 9.5 wins for 2018, with a 54.4-percent chance to win the NFC West.

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ESPN's Lindsey Thiry contributed her 'Bold Prediction' to the preview, saying:

"The Rams will win the NFC championship and advance to the Super Bowl. Their offense led the league in scoring last season, averaging 29.9 points per game. But it was their defense that kept them from advancing past the first round of the playoffs. That won't be the case with the addition of Peters, Talib and Suh."

For ESPN's entire 'NFL Preview', click here.

USA TODAY PREDICTIONS

The 2018 season predictions continue with Week 1 just days away. On Tuesday, USA Today Sports' NFL experts provided an array of predictions for 2018, from Coach of the Year to Super Bowl Champion.

While all five panelists selected the Rams to win the NFC West, only NFL reporter Lorenzo Reyes picked the Rams to take the NFC.

Reyes also took the Rams as his 2018 Super Bowl Champion, one of five different teams picked to win it all in February, including the Saints, Falcons, Steelers, and Patriots.

For all of the USA Today predictions, click here.

WEEK 17 PLAYOFF PICTURE

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reported from the future on Monday, providing his prediction of that the NFL playoff picture will look like at the end of the season.

Rosenthal has the Rams winning the NFC West and in the dance. He also sees McVay putting his receivers in the record book as the sixth WR trio ever to finish with 1,000 yards receiving each.

"While the Rams and Packers both know they will host a home game to start the playoffs, Green Bay needs help to get a playoff bye. It's safe to assume Rams coach Sean McVay won't sit his starters again in the season finale against the 49ers, like he did a year ago. Rams wideout Robert Woods needs 72 yards to join teammates Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks with more than 1,000, which would make them only the sixth trio ever to crack quadruple-digits together. (And the first since the 2008 Cardinals.)"

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To read the full article, click here.

PRESEASON LESSONS LEARNED

On Tuesday, the Bleacher Report determined one lesson learned from each team's preseason. According to the Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox, the Rams decision to sit its stars reflects Super Bowl contender confidence.

Plenty of teams enter each season believing they have the talent to win the Super Bowl. There are far fewer who believe in their own talent so much that they're willing to forego chemistry building to ensure health.

The Los Angeles Rams are that sort of rare team. Starters like quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley didn't even sniff the preseason playing field.

If the Rams didn't believe they had a championship roster—and enough chemistry already established—they likely would have taken a different approach to the preseason. Instead, Los Angeles is exuding confidence heading into 2018.

For the entire article, click here.

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