5 Reasons Why the St. Louis Rams Will Win the NFC West in 2014

5 Reasons Why the NFC West Belongs to the St. Louis Rams in 2014

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Saying that any team other than the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers will claim the NFC West title in 2014 may be enough to get you put in a straightjacket, but I’m willing to take that risk. The St. Louis Rams are building something special, and in year three of the Jeff Fisher era, the team is poised to realize its full potential. These five reasons show why the spunky Rams will win the NFC West this coming season.

5. Special Teams

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5. Special Teams

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People don’t like to discuss the third phase of the game, but quite often it can be the difference between winning and losing on Sundays. With two terrific youngsters in kicker Greg Zuerlein and punter Johnny Hekker, the Rams have some serious talent in the kicking game. Add in the speedy Tavon Austin and his game-changing agility returning kicks and punts and the ante gets raised another notch entering next season.

4. Beefed Up Offensive Line

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4. Beefed Up Offensive Line

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Pass protection has been a real issue for the Rams during Sam Bradford’s tenure as starter, but the addition of Greg Robinson along with the maturation of several other young linemen will bode well for changing that in 2014. If Jake Long can get healthy in time to start the year, this group is poised to run over divisional foes. Look for the Rams to have one of the better O-lines in the league this coming season.

3. Multi-Dimensional Rushing Attack

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3. Multi-Dimensional Rushing Attack

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Zac Stacy gave the Rams some serious punch last season, and rookie Tre Mason will bring the lightning to his thunder in 2014. This duo is poised to really give opposing defenses fits in the coming year which will only benefit Bradford in the passing game. There’s no doubt a successful rushing attack will back off opposing pass rushers and keep the safeties honest, and that could lead to serious success for St. Louis next season.

2. Significant Rookie Impact

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2. Significant Rookie Impact

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Every team added some new bodies to the roster via the draft, but it would be hard to argue with any squad getting more talented than the Rams. In addition to Robinson on the O-line and Mason in the running game, guys like Aaron Donald at defensive tackle and Lamarcus Joyner at safety are set to be starters come Week 1. These four players will provide serious upgrades at each of their respective positions in the upcoming season.

1. Pass Rush

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1. Pass Rush

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There’s no doubt the Rams’ pass rush is the team’s greatest asset. Robert Quinn is fresh off of a 19-sack season while Chris Long put up yet another double-digit sack total himself. Adding Donald into the mix with the increasingly effective Michael Brockers will only make this unit even scarier. Don’t be surprised if the front four for the Rams inflicts some serious pain on the NFC West signal callers in the 2014 campaign.

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