2022 Rams schedule: Which bad NFL team is most likely to upset?

In 2019, the LA Rams defense was torn down by Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2020, it was the New York Jets 0-13 who were upset at the end of the season. In 2021, the Detroit Lions actually took the lead against the Rams in the fourth quarter.

After a Super Bowl victory last season, could the Los Angeles Rams be the victims of a dramatic upset in 2022?

The Rams virtually avoided such embarrassment last season. But the defending champions can often fall victim to the ‘Any Given Sunday’ mantra, as the Bucs brought the whole team back and were still swept away by the New Orleans Saints and dropped out of a mid-season contest against the team. Washington Football League, 29-19.

If LA is to be wary of supposedly “bad” teams on its 2022 schedule, which franchise is most likely to play the 2020 Jets?

Let me know in the comments what your answer is. Read the full 2022 Rams schedule here.

Teams on the schedule that I think are too good to be “bad”: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers*, Arizona Cardinals**, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers , Denver Broncos , LA Chargers.

You know, I have to say… a tough schedule.

*If Trey Lance is good

** If Kyler Murray plays and is good

Which bad team on the schedule is most likely to cause the upset?

The Seahawks should host a competition between Drew Lock and Geno Smith, and even if they bring a third wheel, he probably won’t be a more attractive option than those two. I don’t think Seattle cares about Baker Mayfield, nor do I think he’s an improvement over the other two. At best, the Seahawks would find themselves adding Nick Foles to the mix.

Lock is in the conversation for ‘The worst starter of the last two seasons who wasn’t a rookie’ and Geno Smith moved like Frankenstein in his brief appearance in place of Russell Wilson in 2021. The Seahawks are lacking in talent and skill. experience in most key positions in football. and could be in the running for the NFC’s worst team due to their transition from Wilson to potentially the lowest-ranked starting quarterback this year.

On top of that, the Seahawks are wholly owned by Sean McVay and Aaron Donald. There’s little reason to expect much change in that regard this season, but Seattle gets twice as many upset shots as those other teams.

Atlanta Falcons (Week 2)

The Falcons went 7-10 last season, but played much worse than that. They beat giants, dolphins, jets, saints, jaguars, panthers and lions. These teams picked 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 15th* and 18th* in the draft this year.

*choice exchanged

The answer to their woes was to trade Matt Ryan and replace him with Marcus Mariota, a twice claimed recovery draft who never recovered anything. Mariota has thrown 30 regular-season passes for the Raiders over the past two years, and he’s thrown for 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in his last 36 appearances with the Titans.

Along with giving as many assists as possible to second-year tight end Kyle Pitts and hoping for the best from Drake London, a rookie recovering from a broken ankle, Mariota will be supported by a cast of characters who remain. mostly anonymous. NFL success.

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All of this just protects the Falcons from the fact that Atlanta might also have the worst defense in the league. The Falcons ranked 30th in defense by DVOA and the only player with more than two sacks was former Rams passing thrower Dante Fowler, who had 4.5.

Barring a huge turnaround or ironclad deal with owner Arthur Blank, head coach Arthur Smith could be the first to be fired, as it could be difficult for the team to avoid a pick among the top three in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Carolina Panthers (Week 6)

The only saving grace for Arthur Smith and Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, one of the other most likely candidates, is that they face each other twice and the Saints and Bucs no longer have Sean Payton and Bruce Arians.

Yes, Matt Rhule is the NFC South’s longest-serving head coach. For how much longer, because the Sean Payton rumors have already started?

No NFL franchise has done a worse job of rebuilding the quarterback position than the Carolina Panthers over the past three years. They were too late to part ways with Cam Newton, too eager to sign Teddy Bridgewater as a guaranteed $33 million replacement, and too desperate when they traded for Sam Darnold and then chose his fifth-year option. Finally, they were too late to get a decent quarterback to agree to play for Rhule and so it looks like Carolina will take a chance with a high draft pick and marriage to CJ Stroud or Bryce Young or some such rookie option in 2023. .

The Panthers might choose to start third-round pick Matt Corral simply out of a desire to see someone more interesting than Darnold, or because he might legitimately already be better, but the end result looks like 5-12 or worse at unless the defense is elite. There are plenty of good players on this side of the ball in Carolina, but the quarterback situation means 5-12 could be a the best case scenario.

New Orleans Saints (Week 11)

No, the Saints aren’t that bad. But they’re not that good either.

Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton are the two best quarterbacks. Michael Thomas has caught 40 passes and zero touchdowns over the past two years. Trevor Penning is the new starting left tackle, replacing Terron Armstead. Taysom Hill could be TE1. Alvin Kamara hasn’t played a full season since 2017. Sean Payton retired (for a short while).

Although New Orleans went 9-8 a year ago, including two wins over the Bucs and wins over the Packers and Patriots, they also had wins over Washington, Seattle, Carolina, Atlanta and the Jets. They also lost to the Panthers, Giants, Falcons, Eagles and Dolphins.

It looks to me like the Saints are plugging just enough holes this offseason (Tyrann Mathieu, Jarvis Landry, Marcus Maye, Chris Olave, Penning) to reach the playoffs, and in the NFC South they probably will. That’s why I won’t include them in the survey.

But the Saints are not “good”.

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Which bad team is most likely to beat the Rams, even if none of them will?

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