Los Angeles Rams

Super Bowl 53 loss stings, but here’s why the Rams will make Super Bowl 54

The Los Angeles Rams suffered a brutal loss in Super Bowl LIII to the New England Patriots, but they’ll most definitely be back.

If you just watched the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, you’re probably a little bit dumbfounded.

Under 33-year-old head coach Sean McVay, the 2018 Rams possessed one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL. Jared Goff worked wonders this season with Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and his vast array of offensive weapons.

Hands down, they were the best Rams team we’ve seen since “The Greatest Show on Turf.” And yet, this team managed to score a mere three points against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, falling 13-3. It was stunning to see the Rams — who ranked second in the league in total offense this year behind only the Kansas City Chiefs — struggle so much to amass first downs … and points, for that matter.

For Rams fans, it was surely discouraging. The Rams are a young team, and they may have had a case of Super Bowl nerves. But nevertheless, they were one of the most dominant teams in the NFL this year, and that’s not going to change going into the 2019 season. The Rams aren’t a one-hit wonder. They are going to be a very good football team for years to come.

Mourn this loss, Rams fans, but keep your chin up. It shouldn’t take them long to get right back to the Super Bowl, and it could happen as soon as next year.

McVay is young, but he’s proven to be one of the most intelligent football minds in the game, especially from an offensive standpoint. We saw him work magic with these young players. While Goff might not necessarily wow you on a stat sheet, he came through in the clutch multiple times for the Rams this season, including in the waning moments of the NFC Championship Game in New Orleans. As he gains more experience, he’s only going to get better.

And Goff isn’t alone, as he has one of the best supporting casts in the league. There’s a reason Los Angeles scored 527 points this season and racked up over 6,700 yards of total offense. Gurley, Cooks and Woods put the NFC on notice this season. Heck, if wide receiver Cooper Kupp had been available to play in the Super Bowl, it may have turned out very differently.

On defense, the Rams are in good hands under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as well as defensive tackle Aaron Donald — arguably the most dominant defensive player in football. They just held a Brady-led Patriots offense to 13 points, which is the least amount of points New England has scored in a Super Bowl with Brady and Belichick. Though it might feel pointless because the Rams still lost the game, it is no small accomplishment.

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This defeat surely stings, but the ride is just beginning. The Rams will be back here very soon. They might just see you in Miami next year at Super Bowl LIV.

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