It may have taken awhile but Los Angeles has a football team again.
For the first time since 1994, the Rams will return to the LA area to play their home games, and combined with the selection of No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff, there’s a lot of rejuvenation surrounding the franchise. Despite owning the longest playoff drought of any NFC team, the Rams look poised to become players again.
Goff, who was taken with the pick acquired via trade from the Tennessee Titans, will lead what looks like a very promising young nucleus into the future. The team also boasts second-year sensation Todd Gurley, who displayed much potential last year as a rookie that has many believing he can be one of the top running backs in the game. He was awarded for his efforts in 2015 with the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award after rushing for 1,106 yards on 229 attempts, not to mention 10 touchdowns.
These two youngsters are a reason why tickets to see the Rams have been a huge hit on the secondary market thus far, according to data provided by Razorgator. It makes perfect sense, too, as football-starving Los Angeles braces for its first season back in the NFL in more than two decades.
For the rest of their offensive weapons, Los Angeles could still use an upgrade, as their two top receivers entering the new campaign are veteran Kenny Britt and still-developing youngster Tavon Austin. While they’ve both had some success, consistency has been the issue, and if they could just develop into more reliable targets, the Rams would be in excellent shap.
Playing in the NFC West division, there are some real feisty defensive units to contend with, and luckily for the Rams, they may have a similar caliber defense despite losing some key guys this offseason. With the likes of Alec Ogletree, Trumaine Johnson, Robert Quinn, Mark Barron and Aaron Donald, it looks like Los Angeles should remain solid in that area under head coach Jeff Fisher, who typically brings out the best in his defense.
Rams tickets are definitely drawing some of the most action amongst fans, and while that may lead to increased prices compared to other NFL organizations, fans can at least save a little money on their parking when they trek out to the LA Memorial Coliseum. ParkWhiz.com sports affordable Los Angeles parking all around the stadium to make it easy, inexpensive and convenient for those attending a ballgame.
Though they haven’t made the postseason since 2004, the Rams have played respectable under Fisher since he first came to the franchise, winning six or seven ballgames in each of the last four seasons to finish right around the .500 mark. With a fresh new arm at quarterback that could evolve into a leader, the Rams will be finally looking to get over that hump as early as this season.