Opening Day Stats

In the last 10 years (2001-2010) the Rams have won their opening day game 3 times.  The games were:

2006 vs Denver Broncos

2004 vs Arizona Cardinals

2001 vs Philadelphia Eagles

Two out of the 3 games were played at home.  The games were won on average by 6 points.  After each 3 of these games the Rams did not have a losing season (8-8 in 2006, 8-8 in 2004, and 14-2 in 2001).  The Rams went to the post season 3 times in the last decade and they won their opening game 2 out of the 3.

Of the 7 losses 5 of them were on the road so luckily we are play the Eagles at home tomorrow.  The games were lost on average by 14.4 points which doesn’t mean that much because the standard deviation was high (both close and blowout losses).  The Rams played 3 teams more than once during this time (Cardinals, Eagles, and Broncos). In all 3 cases we won one and lost the other.  No single team clearly dominated us (on opening day) during the last 10 years.

We last played the Eagles on opening day in 2008 when they beat us 38-3 and went on to a 9-6-1 season and a postseason appearance.  In this lopsided victory the Eagles had 522 total offensive yards versus 166 by the Rams.  Most of the disparity came in passing yards.  Since Vick is QB-ing (he’s not as big of a passer as McNabb) and we are playing at home, maybe we can surprise some people and start our season off right with a victory tomorrow.

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