2022 NFL preview: Los Angeles Rams futures, Super Bowl odds, predictions and best bets

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What will the Los Angeles Rams do for an encore? They went all in last season, bringing in star player after star player to bolster the roster, and it paid off to perfection in the form of a Super Bowl triumph. The Rams went through Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to punch their ticket to L.A. (yes, they got to play at home) and then held off the Bengals 23-20 to lift the Lombardi Trophy.

Most of the gang will be back for the title defense, and even though Los Angeles isn’t the outright Super Bowl favorite it would come as no real surprise if this team wins it all again. With the 2022 NFL campaign on the horizon, it’s time to break down what could be in store for the defending champs.

Los Angeles Rams breakdown

2021 record: 12-5

2022 ATS record: 8-9

2021 O/U record: 9-7-1

Key players in: LB Bobby Wagner, WR Allen Robinson

Key players out: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (currently a free agent), LB Von Miller, WR Robert Woods, CB Darious Williams, G Austin Corbett

2022 NFL Draft class: Logan Bruss (G), Decobie Durant (CB), Kyren Williams (RB), Quentin Lake (S), Derion Kendrick (CB), Daniel Hardy (LB), Russ Yeast (S), AJ Arcuri (OT)

Los Angeles Rams 2022 NFL season odds

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Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl odds

The Rams are +1100 to win Super Bowl LVII, which has them as the fifth favorites. Only the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs are ahead.

Los Angeles Rams NFC Championship odds

Los Angeles is +450 to triumph in the conference. That trails Tampa Bay (+350) and Green Bay (+400).

Los Angeles Rams NFC West odds

At +125, the Rams are slightly favored to win the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers are right behind at +150.

Los Angeles Rams win total odds

The Rams’ win quota is 10.5 games. Under 10.5 is a slight -115 favorite, while the over comes with -105 odds. Los Angeles is obviously expected to make the playoffs — -250 to do so. If you are willing to risk a bet on the Rams to miss the playoffs, that would pay out at +200 odds.

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Los Angeles Rams Schedule 2022

Week 1: vs Buffalo Bills – Thursday, September 8
Week 2: vs Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, September 18
Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, September 25

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers – Monday, October 3
Week 5: vs Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, October 9
Week 6: vs Carolina Panthers – Sunday, October 16
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: vs San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, October 30

Week 9: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, November 6
Week 10: vs Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, November 13
Week 11: at New Orleans Saints – Sunday, November 20
Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, November 27

Week 13: vs Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, December 4
Week 14: vs Las Vegas Raiders – Thursday, December 8
Week 15: at Green Bay Packers – Monday, December 19
Week 16: vs Denver Broncos – Sunday, December 25

Week 17: at Los Angeles Chargers – Sunday, January 1
Week 18: at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, January 8

We’ll have NFL picks for EVERY matchup of the 2022 season

Los Angeles Rams 2021 season recap

The Rams did not exactly take the straightforward route last season, but all is well that ends well and things could not have ended any better than they did. Despite being swept by San Francisco during the regular season and getting blown at home by Arizona, Los Angeles still won the NFC West at 12-5 and then heated up to an even greater extent when it mattered most in the playoffs. The Rams blasted the Cardinals in the wild-card round, upset Tampa Bay 30-27 in the divisional round, scrapped past San Francisco 20-17 in the NFC Championship and then edged Cincinnati 23-20 in the Super Bowl. In his first season with his new team after being acquired from Detroit, Matthew Stafford threw for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns. Stafford had Cooper Kupp (145 catches, 1,947 yards, 16 touchdowns) at his disposal and L.A. traded for Odell Beckham Jr. prior to the trade deadline. Another midseason acquisition on the other side of the ball was veteran linebacker Von Miller. With that kind of aggressive maneuvering by the front office, anything less than the Lombardi Trophy would have been a disappointment. A disappointment the 2022 season was not.

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Los Angeles Rams 2022 NFL season predictions

The Rams may not be as good on paper as they were at the tail end of last season, but they also don’t have to be in order to remain successful. Even a slightly lesser version of the 2022 team will be good enough to make the playoffs – and perhaps even win it all again. Miller’s absence hurts, but the defense is still led by Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Leonard Floyd. Wagner will help replace Miller and on offense Allen Robinson II will bolster the OBJ-less receiving corps. A healthy Cam Akers returns, too, so Stafford has a ton of weapons at his disposal. With a Super Bowl under his belt, it should only be full steam ahead for the former No. 1 overall pick. There is no reason why this team can’t repeat.

Best bet: Los Angeles Rams to win the NFC West (+125)

I’m not going all out and backing the Rams to win a second straight Super Bowl – although the value on +1100 is most definitely there. When you can get them well into plus money to win the NFC West, it’s a safer and smarter play. It’s true that that it may be one of the best divisions in football, but none of the other three teams really scare me. The Cardinals completely imploded down the stretch in 2022, DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for six games and Kyler Murray apparently needed a clause in his contract in order to start studying film. Although the 49ers are talented, give me a proven QB in Stafford over a first-year starter in Trey Lance. As for the Seahawks, they are pretty much in rebuilding mode now that the Russell Wilson era is over.

Los Angeles Rams season record predictions

I’m not going to go completely crazy on the Rams, but another 12-5 season is well within reach.

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