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Inside the Huddle panel discusses Matthew Stafford’s recent form and the possibilities of the LA Rams in the NFL playoffs

Inside the Huddle panel discusses Matthew Stafford’s recent form and the possibilities of the LA Rams in the NFL playoffs

The Los Angeles Rams have set their sights on the Super Bowl this season, an ambition that borders on obsession.

The team has made three big-name additions to a roster already stacked in the last year alone, adding the power of stars from quarterback Matthew Stafford, linebacker Von Miller, and receiver Odell Beckham Jr in hopes that the undoubtedly talented trio will make them. take you over the line.

The signs have generally been very positive. The Rams sit at 12-4 of the season and have a chance to finish an NFC West division title with victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s final game of the regular season.

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Stafford has the second-most past yards (4,648) and touchdowns (38) in the league this season, seeing him behind only Tom Brady in both categories (4,990, 40). Miller is becoming more of a nuisance each week, combining 12 tackles and four sacks (and a forced fumble) in just the past three weeks, while OBJ – who has only scored seven touchdowns in 29 career games in Cleveland – has five out of seven since he moved to Los Angeles.

Odell Beckham Jr played his third straight game with a touchdown received when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Arizona Cardinals

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Odell Beckham Jr played his third straight game with a touchdown received when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Arizona Cardinals

Odell Beckham Jr played his third straight game with a touchdown received when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Arizona Cardinals

Not even mentioning Cooper Kupp, who has a chance to break the NFL’s all-time record in a single receiving season with 136 this weekend, nor acknowledging the presence of Aaron Donald on Line D, three-time Defender of the Year, and also ignore the talents of the corner off Jalen Ramsey.

Highlights of wide receiver Cooper Kupp's record night when he broke the Rams' single-season reception record against the Seahawks

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Highlights of wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s record night when he broke the Rams’ single-season reception record against the Seahawks

Highlights of wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s record night when he broke the Rams’ single-season reception record against the Seahawks

The Rams are also leading a five-game winning streak in their bout with San Francisco but, despite all of the above, there are concerns creeping into this team’s preparation for the football playoffs, in particular, their quarterback.

Stafford’s numbers have been impressive overall, but he has also thrown 15 interceptions this season – tied second in the league – and with four of those leading to the sixth touchdown for opponents, and five (plus un fumble) lost in the past two weeks.

Since he entered the league in 2009 as the No. 1, Stafford’s talent was undoubted, which is why the Rams were so eager to give up two first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023, and a third-round 2021 to win away from the Detroit Lions.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford talks about the

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford talks about the “difficult decision” to leave the Detroit Lions after 12 years

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford talks about the “difficult decision” to leave the Detroit Lions after 12 years

But this is also a quarterback who, at the age of 33, has never yet won a playoff game in an NFL career spanning over a decade, losing on all three occasions he has reached the promised land. after the season with the Lions – the last time in five years ago.

Can Stafford eliminate mistakes when it matters most? The Rams have been able to overcome his total six turnovers in the past two weeks, scoring road wins against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, but the playoffs won’t be as lenient.

“He [Stafford] he got away with it, “former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf said Sky Sports. “While he was in Detroit, the team wasn’t good enough to overcome some of the mistakes – I think he felt he had to overcompensate.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has had six turnovers in the team's last two games

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has had six turnovers in the team’s last two games

“In Los Angeles, with the defense and skill position players he has, in Cooper Kupp and OBJ, he can afford to make some mistakes.

“But no one can worry about what happened in the last couple of weeks with him. If you go into the playoffs and spin it three times, there’s a really good chance you won’t win that soccer match.

“Fortunately for them, they still have a chance to win the division and be able to get any team into SoFi Stadium, which will be a big plus if they can do it this week.”

The meeting with the 49ers on Sunday is perhaps the best possible test for the credentials of the playoffs – even Super Bowl winners – of the Rams. This is a team that has had the upper hand over Los Angeles for the past two years, winning each of their last five fights, the most recent being a hammered 31-10 in November that came in the midst of a three-game losing streak. by the Rams.

The best of the action from the clash between the LA Rams and the San Francisco 49ers in week 10 of the NFL season

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The best of the action from the clash between the LA Rams and the San Francisco 49ers in week 10 of the NFL season

The best of the action from the clash between the LA Rams and the San Francisco 49ers in week 10 of the NFL season

That day the 49ers bullied their rivals, running on top of them for a 156-yard pace on 44 incredible running attempts. Los Angeles, on the other hand, only made the ball run 10 times. It has led to allegations that, despite all the star power amassed in Hollywood, this team was “soft”.

The five-game winning streak has since helped to dispel that myth somewhat, and cornerback Rams Ramsey told reporters this week that the team isn’t paying any attention to their poor recent record against San Francisco.

“It’s frustrating, but they don’t have mind control over us,” Ramsey said Thursday. “That’s just how the games went.

Jalen Ramsey says the Rams aren't focusing on their recent poor record against the 49ers ahead of their Sunday bout

Jalen Ramsey says the Rams aren’t focusing on their recent poor record against the 49ers ahead of their Sunday bout

“But on Sunday we will come out confident. We will not go out there thinking, ‘Ah, man, we have lost so many games’. This is not our mentality at all.”

This will be the closest thing to playoff football possible for the Rams on Sunday, especially as the Niners need a win to ensure they too reach the postseason.

If the Rams, and the star-studded roster they’ve assembled, really want to notify their Super Bowl credentials, ending their 49ers hoodoo would go a long way to do so.

Watch the San Francisco 49ers at the Los Angeles Rams during the final weekend of the NFL regular season, live on Sky Sports NFL from 9:25 pm.

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