The Rams play Monday night to cap off an exciting week of the NFL.
While a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is important, the next six games are crucial for the Rams.
If the Rams come out of the stretch at .500 or below, their chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.
I don’t need to tell you how important it is to win divisional games, but four out of the Rams’ next six games are divisional games. Following Tampa Bay, they’ll play the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, then two games home against AFC teams, and then finish the season against the Seattle Seahawks and Cardinals again.
Getting a second win against the Seahawks would be huge. Seattle has the easiest remaining schedule in the NFC West. They play three of the four NFC East teams and the New York Jets before their remaining two divisional games. Even though they have slipped up the past few weeks, Seattle will cruise to an 11-3 record before playing the Rams in week 16.
A win in Seattle to snap a five-game win streak will be huge for the Rams and a momentum shift in the NFC West. The Rams would sweep the Seahawks and make it hard to deny the Rams a divisional championship. However, that can’t happen without finishing the season by winning out their divisional game.
Finishing out the NFC West with a sweep of the Cardinals is the next step. Arizona comes into the stretch with two NFC East teams and the New England Patriots outside their divisional games. Arizona has the best divisional record in the NFC West with 2-1. Arizona split the series with Seattle, which makes a sweep of both teams important. The Rams have also already lost to the 49ers, but a win in week 12 is vital for starting the stretch on a high note.
The big problem is their two AFC games. If there is a game where they would be allowed to lose, it would be their game against the Patriots. Mainly because it’s an out of conference game, and they aren’t as important except they can prevent a tiebreaker. However, the Seahawks and 49ers both beat the Patriots, so a win is preferable.
The only other game there left is against the New York Jets. We all know they are tanking for Trevor Lawrence, so a win is almost inevitable, but it doesn’t mean the Rams can take a week off.
Well, let’s look at the Seattle game. The Rams were almost perfect in almost every aspect of the game. Defensively they’ve held the best offense well under their points per game and yards per game averages, picked off one of the best quarterbacks this season two times, and managed and an additional fumble recovery.
All of this without Aaron Donald showing up on the stat sheet. Offensively Goff threw for over 300 yards, and they ran for over 100 yards.
It was almost a perfect game minus Goff’s fumble, but if they continue this dominant play down the stretch, they could come out of the regular season as the NFC West champions.
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