The Los Angeles Rams (7-2) have won four straight games, are atop the NFC West, and lead the league in scoring offense with 32.9 points per game. That’s impressive.
Some people, in fact, are comparing this year’s Rams to The Greatest Show on Turf – the St. Louis version that won a Super Bowl, played in another, and dominated the league for several years.
London Fletcher’s response? Slow down.
“There’s no comparison,” the Super Bowl champion and CBS Sports Network NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “You have guys that are already Hall of Fame players and future Hall of Fame players. Marshall (Faulk) is in the Hall, Kurt Warner’s in the Hall, Isaac Bruce will be going, Orlando Pace is in the Hall, Torry Holt will be going, and then you had a No. 3 in Az Hakim. He was dynamic. Ricky Proehl was a No. 4 receiver who could have been a No. 2 for a lot of teams. Just with those guys and that personnel, it’s great what the current Rams are doing, but it’s no comparison from a player-for-player standpoint.”
The Rams lost at home to the Seahawks, 16-10, in Week 5 to fall to 3-2 on the season. They have since outscored the Jaguars, Cardinals, Giants, and Texans by a combined 144-41.
Not a bad stretch for first-year head coach Sean McVay.
“What Sean has been able to do has been very impressive,” said Fletcher, who played for the Rams from 1998-01. “Spreading the ball around, has a lot of weapons – he really knows how to call a game and take advantage of mismatches. They take shots and know when to take them.”
But that doesn’t mean they’re The Greatest Show on Turf.
“They wear the same uniform in a sense, but there is no true comparison – not when you look at player-for-player,” Fletcher said. “Let’s pump the brakes, man. Let’s enjoy this group and not get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Elsewhere in the NFC, the Vikings (7-2) have won five in a row and are atop the NFC North. Still, one must wonder if Minnesota is a true contender with Case Keenum under center. The Houston product has completed a respectable 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,914 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.
Should Vikings fans believe in him?
“I think he’s an adequate NFL quarterback,” Fletcher said. “He’s not the worst quarterback. He’s okay. He’s okay for what they do. If you look at the game yesterday, he made the plays, but I thought his receivers did an excellent job of getting open.”
Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs combined for 12 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-30 road win against Washington.
“Those guys ran some great routes,” Fletcher said. “Case put the ball where it needs to be put, but the receivers, they outplayed the Redskins secondary. So you can win with (Keenum) and they’ve done that. He did have two ugly interceptions, one especially was a ball that he had no business throwing. He threw the ball just up for grabs. It’s plays like that that he’ll make, and the second one led to a touchdown for the Redskins. He will still make pays like and that’s when you look at him and say, ‘All right, man, if you (throw) a couple more of these, Bridgewater will be back in there at the quarterback position.’ But I don’t think they’re going to make a change anytime soon as long as they keep winning. Unless he goes out and throws three or four interceptions in a game, for the most part, they’ll keep the status quo.”
The Vikings host the Rams this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.