If they want any shot at making a deep run into the season they’ll have to do it against pretty tough opponents. Their next four weeks consist of the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears, and finish out three-fourths of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are two games behind Detroit for the final Wild Card spot. By the end of this next four game stretch the Rams could find themselves in a pretty position for that final spot if they win out.
Realistically the Rams will not make the playoffs. For one they are with starting quarterback Sam Bradford who is out with an ACL tear. Secondly, there are four teams in front of them for that final spot who have better chances at making the playoffs. Below is a prediction of how the St. Louis Rams will do against their next four opponents.
The first game of the second half of the season for the St. Louis Rams is head coach Jeff Fishers old team, the Tennessee Titans. The Rams will host the Titans in a game where they relive the magic of that Super Bowl Victory. There are many story lines that underline this game with tightend Jared Cook and cornerback Cortland Finnegan bolting out of Tennessee to join the Rams. There is also the story of former Rams defensive coordinator Greg Williams and the bad blood between his son and Fisher. This is a game with a lot on the line for both teams, but I do not see Fisher giving up a win to his former team so easily. I predict the Rams win a close game.The following week the St. Louis Rams will take on last years former number one overall pick, Andrew Luck. The Colts are (5-2) and will have their sixth win coming into the match up against the Rams. They will be playing at home and will put on a slugfest against the Rams. Mind you this is the team that gave Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos their only loss of the season thus far. The Rams defense might keep this game close, but unless Kellen Clemens plays like an experienced veteran quarterback, Indy will walk away with the win. The Rams will head towards their much needed bye week licking their chops.
After a break in the season that Rams will come rejuvenated and play a stellar game at home when they host Da Bears. Chicago’s starting quarterback Jay Cutler has been sidelined by a groin injury this season. Cutler has set his eyes on returning November 10th when his team takes on the Detroit Lions, a little sooner then predicted. Usually when athletes return sooner then the estimated timetable they do not play at full potential. This is an injury that will take to fully heal and when they come to town to play the Rams, defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn will smell blood in the water. Look for the defense to blitz all game long. Kellen Clemens will have had a few games under his belt now and two weeks to prepare. The Rams win this game with a double-digit win.In the final game of the three-quarters of the season the Rams will travel to San Francisco to take on their hated rival the 49ers. Last year the team player two close games one ending in a tie at San Francisco. This season they 49ers embarrassed the Rams in their own home. Whenever these two teams play, they usually keep it close. The Rams will not let that week three defeat discourage them. The 49ers defense is not as dominant as last year, but they’re still good. I predict the Rams playing the 49ers close, but letting up sometime in the fourth quarter.
Kellen Clemens is a formidable back up quarterback; he is not an elite starter. The Rams receivers have been struggling all season long and show no signs of improvement. Unless the Rams figure something out in the bye week, the same trend will continue. The Rams defense is starting to shows signs of last years dominant d-line, but even when they play lights out, the offense can not put points on the board. The secondary is suspect and special teams cannot avoid penalties on big plays. By the end of this portion of the season, I have the Rams standing with a (5-6) record. By this point, their playoff hopes should be all but finished. For the final standings I see the Rams ending with a (7-9) record. A record that use to win the division, but now is good enough for third place.