Every year, it seems, there is that NFL team, the one that the pundits latch onto in order to look like the smartest guys in the room.
Usually, it comes from out of nowhere, or at least the fringe of nowhere, to become a trendy pick to win a championship or at least make noise in the postseason.
The selling points: Two seasons of excellence from Justin Herbert and the assumption that his career continues to trend upward.
The anticipated progress of Brandon Staley in his second season as a head coach, even with his penchant for taking risks
And a defense that is significantly more competent than a year ago, with the additions of Khalil Mack, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Van Noy and Sebastian Joseph-Day
A year ago in This Space, we pondered the possibility of an all-L.A. Super Bowl in Inglewood.