Two 33-year-old quarterback veterans will make their debut with their new squad on Sunday night at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Matthew Stafford is the future of the Los Angeles Rams, who dream of reaching the Super Bowl to be played on their field next February.
For his part, Andy Dalton embodies the present of the Chicago Bears, but maybe not for long.
Almost six months after being acquired from the Detroit Lions, Stafford can finally start dreaming. After a dozen seasons in the NFL without scoring a playoff win, Stafford believes he’s never been in charge of a team. as talented as that of the Rams, who also rely on a formidable defense.
With just one playoff appearance in the past six seasons, Stafford has opted out of the Lions, unwilling to embark on another rebuild.
Dalton, meanwhile, was the Bears’ No. 1 quarterback even though the Bears made a draft trade to improve their draft rank and pick up promising Justin Fields in the 11th place. .
Dalton, who has been offered a one-season contract, gets his first chance on Sunday to silence critics who are calling for control of the attack to be handed over to the rookie quarterback.
It is not impossible that Fields could be sent onto the field in certain situations, notably on 3rd down or near the goal line.