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Are the Rams Good Enough to Overcome an Impossible Schedule?

McNabb starts the schedule

With training camp approaching, everyone is getting their rose-colored glasses on straight, I thought I would look at the Rams schedule and see if they have a chance to overcome their schedule and make a charge at the playoffs. Obviously, the teams that we think will be tough teams at this part of the year may not be. Some other teams could surprise everyone and have great years. That is why we love football so much. Here’s a rundown of how the schedule looks as training camp opens and my (extremely) uniformed predictions.

Sept. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles – This is the most important game of the year, being the first, and a winnable game during the tough first half of the season. The Eagles started slow last year and only have McNabb, Westbrook and ex-Ram Kevin Curtis on offense. This game being in Philly does not help one bit. This game could go either way and could be a bellwether for the rest of the Rams season. PREDICTION: Win

Sept. 14 NEW YORK GIANTS – Now we have the defending champs at home. No one thinks that the Giants are going to be as good as they were in the 2007 postseason, but they are no cupcakes. This will be another major challenge for the offensive line and blocking schemes. A win here is far from guaranteed, but with a solid run game and good pressure on Eli, the Rams should have a chance. PREDICTION: Loss

Sept. 21 at Seattle Seahawks – The Rams of late have had nothing but trouble with the Seahawks at Qwest Field. The Seahawks are aging, but should be able to defend their home turf against the Rams. PREDICTION: Loss

Sept. 28 BUFFALO BILLS – No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills and all the experts like the Bills as a sleeper for the playoffs. However, the Bills have been streaky, inconsistent and disappointing in years past. PREDICTION: Win

Oct. 5 BYE – Phew.

Oct. 12 at Washington Redskins – With a Bye week to prepare, Haslett and company will find a way to bother Jason Campbell enough and Saunders will figure out how to contain Jason Taylor. PREDICTION: Win

Oct. 19 DALLAS COWBOYS – The ‘Boys embarrassed the Rams on National TV last year and look strong enough to win again this year. They probably will have the home-field advantage at the Dome. PREDICTION: Loss

Oct. 26 at New England Patriots – At the Patriots, enough said. PREDICTION: Loss
After the Patriots game, the Rams schedule gets significantly easier. If the Rams can get to this point at 3-4 or better, they should be very happy.

Nov. 2 ARIZONA CARDINALS – The Cardinals are improving, but so are the Rams. PREDICTION: Win.

Nov. 9 at New York Jets – The Jets don’t know whether they should be rebuilding or trying to win this year. This should be a close game between two mediocre teams. Being that it is at Giants Stadium, I’ll give this one to the Jets. PREDICTION: Loss.

Nov. 16 at San Francisco 49ers – The hated Niners appear twice in the last seven weeks. First, the Rams travel to SFO to battle the Niners who have struggled in past years. The Niners may not have sorted out their QB situation by now, so as long as Frank Gore is contained the Rams can win. PREDICTION: Win.

Nov. 23 CHICAGO BEARS – This will be another home game for the away team at the Dome. The Bears also have not sorted out their QB situation, but have a tough defense and special teams year after year. Special Teams dooms the Rams again. PREDICTION: Loss.

Nov. 30 MIAMI DOLPHINS – The Dolphins are rebuilding for next year and the year after, but they will be instilled with Bill Parcells toughness. PREDICTION: Win.

Dec. 7 at Arizona Cardinals – It is getting tougher to win out in the desert and the Cardinals may have put together a full team this year. PREDICTION: Loss

Dec. 14 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – I predicted a Rams loss at Seattle and Seattle has barely beat the Rams at home in the past few years. Ex-Seahawk Josh Brown is the difference in the Dome. PREDICTION: Win.

Dec. 21 SAN FRANCISCO – The Rams finish off their NFC West schedule with the Niners at home. The Niners will be tanking for a draft position at this point. PREDICTION: Win.

Dec. 28 at Atlanta Falcons – This is a lost season for Atlanta, but they may be better at the end of the year, provided Matt Ryan stays healthy. He is overrated, but he’s better than anyone else they have. PREDICTION: Win.

The Rams could go 8-0 in the back half of their schedule as no team there is unbeatable. But, looking at this estimate, the Rams will be 9-7 and challenging for a playoff spot. I think that is all any Rams fan could hope for. I think I was a little optimistic in the front half of the schedule and pessimistic in the back half. Any wins before November will be very valuable for the stretch run.

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9 Responses to “Are the Rams Good Enough to Overcome an Impossible Schedule?”

  1. Oraj says:

    Answer: No!

  2. stephanie says:

    Wow, that sure is interesting, Jeff.

  3. eric says:

    possibly…sounds good..i think its highly possible but like all other rams rams know.WE HAVE TO STAY HEALTHY

  4. Beast mode 23 says:

    Bills will beat st.louis…i think

    maybe 34-13


    Well your wrong so far

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