Peter Schrager Ranks THIS NFC West Team as Contenders for Number One Defense in 2021

Published 03/02/2021, 5:53 PM EST
Oct 26, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) and defensive end Michael Brockers (90) celebrate in the final minute against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Bears 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Sean McVay-coached Los Angeles Rams emerged as one of the surprise packages of the 2020 NFL season. They ended the regular season 2nd in the NFC West with a 10-6 record, but did enough to secure a spot in the NFL Playoffs.

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Their defensive talent in the form of DE Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey was enough to pull off a stunning 20-30 win over divisional rivals Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.

However, with Donald battling injury, the Rams bowed out in the Divisional Playoffs at the hands of the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers.

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But with some positive roster moves in the offseason, the LA-based franchise is once again expected to dominate when the 2021 NFL season starts in September.

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On the latest segment of the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, the hosts were asked to predict which team will end the upcoming season as the top-ranked defense in the league. Here’s what popular analyst Peter Schrager had to say on the same.

He said, “I got very excited about the Cardinals to start the show and I’m not trying to be the dampener of moods here but the Rams were the number one defense in the entire league last year and they bring just about everybody back.

“I think Ramsey and Donald and the new defensive coordinators Raheem Morris who’s already gonna jump in and put his touch on it. I think the Rams defense with what they got.

Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (99) celebrates during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“Ramsey and Donald might be 2 of the Top-3 defensive players in the league. I liked JJ Watt and Chandler Jones. I really do and I think they’re both potential Hall of Famers.

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“But I don’t know if I could put them in the same breath as a combination like Ramsey and Donald and what the Rams team did down the stretch where they single-handedly won games based on strength of their defense, not their offense,” Schrager concluded.

The arrival of JJ Watt in Arizona does complicate things in the NFC West. But coach McVay and his team of defensive coaches are well aware of the talent at their disposal.

Do you think the arrival of Matthew Stafford and the Rams defense will be enough for them to make the Super Bowl in 2021? Tell us in the comments below.

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