18. L.A. Rams (-6)
Of all the embarrassing losses this season, Sean McVay’s loss against the Jets Sunday was the worst. Not only did it hurt his reputation and the confidence of this team headed into the playoffs, but they lost a game where the other team only sort of wanted to win.
This is one of those moments you look back on and think, “Wow, wouldn’t history have been different if the Rams just did their job. That Sean McVay really wasn’t that good I guess.”
As someone that has been a fan of McVay since before he got the head coaching job, let me say that he is dangerously close to Dan Quinn territory as a coach that is coasting off of his reputation and accomplishments from years ago despite never actually winning anything.
17. L.A. Chargers (+6)
Justin Herbert is fantastic and he is probably the best rookie quarterback that I have seen in my lifetime. He just seems to have a knack for making big plays and he is already doing so well dealing with pressure that it almost makes you want to retroactively go back and talk down on the last three or four classes of rookie quarterbacks.
Combining that offense with a healthy Joey Bosa and Derwin James next year is going to be very fun to watch (if you are an NFC team that doesn’t have to play them or worry about them taking your playoff spot).