Los Angeles Rams preview 2023: Over or under 6.5 wins? Chances to claim NFC West title?

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) runs the ball while participating in a drill during the NFL football team's training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

It’s NFL team preview time, and today we’re looking at the Los Angeles Rams. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 25 through Sept. 8, we will take an in-depth look at each team in the NFL with a 7- to 10-minute video going through impactful additions and departures, last year’s rankings and strength of schedule in 2023.

Home Field Sports analyst Jim Derry will then make a prediction on the team’s record this season and where they will finish in their respective division, along with the over/under win total, as posted at Caesars Sportsbook.

These stories are a brief summary of the accompanied preview videos – powered by the Dattitude Podcast (which will review each division every Friday until the season begins). The schedule for when each team will run is listed below with a link to each story and video that already has run.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Coach: Sean McVay (7th season)

2022 record: 5-12, 3rd in NFC West; did not make playoffs.

2023 bye week: 10

2023 Draft: 2 (36th overall) G Steve Avila, TCU; 3 (77) DE Byron Young, Tennessee; 3 (89) DT Kobie Turner, Wake Forest; 4 (128) QB Stetson Bennett, Georgia; 5 (161) DE Nick Hampton, Appalachian State; 5 (174) T Warren McClendon, Georgia; 5 (175) WR Puka Nacua, BYU; 6 (182) CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU; 6 (189) DE Ochaun Mathis, Nebraska; 7 (215) EB Zach Evans, Ole Miss; 7 (223) P Ethan Evans, Wingate; 7 (234) S Jason Taylor, Oklahoma State; 7 (259) DE Desjuan Johnson, Toledo.

Free-agent signings: WR Demarcus Robinson (from Baltimore), 1 year, $1.165M; QB Brett Rypien (from Denver), 1 year, $1.080M.

Key moments in video: Why did things go south in 2022? (1:30); Offensive and defensive ratings from last season – will they go up? (2:20); Offensive line and talk about Rams draft picks (2:50); Can the big names remain healthy, and will RB Cam Akers take a step forward? (3:30); Aaron Donald and the defense could be in good shape (4:30); Easiest and toughest parts of schedule (5:29); Over/Under win totals, predictions and projected record and finish in division (6:48).

PREVIEW SCHEDULE / LINKS

AFC SOUTH

July 25: Houston Texans

July 26: Indianapolis Colts

July 27: Jacksonville Jaguars

July 28: Tennessee Titans

NFC WEST

Aug. 1: Arizona Cardinals

Aug. 2: Los Angeles Rams

Aug. 3: San Francisco 49ers

Aug. 4: Seattle Seahawks

AFC WEST

Aug. 8: Denver Broncos

Aug. 9: Kansas City Chiefs

Aug. 10: Las Vegas Raiders

Aug. 11: Los Angeles Chargers

NFC EAST

Aug. 15: Dallas Cowboys

Aug. 16: New York Giants

Aug. 17: Philadelphia Eagles

Aug. 18: Washington Commanders

AFC EAST

Aug. 22: Buffalo Bills

Aug. 23: Miami Dolphins

Aug. 24: New England Patriots

Aug. 25: New York Jets

NFC NORTH

Aug. 29: Chicago Bears

Aug. 29: Detroit Lions

Aug. 30: Green Bay Packers

Aug. 30: Minnesota Vikings

AFC NORTH

Aug. 31: Baltimore Ravens

Aug. 31: Cincinnati Bengals

Sept. 1: Cleveland Browns

Sept. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC SOUTH

Sept. 5: Atlanta Falcons

Sept. 6: Carolina Panthers

Sept. 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sept. 8: New Orleans Saints

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