The NFC West is in another down year and even though the Rams are 0-2, the easiest part of their schedule is still to come. Let’s see if we can find 8 wins in the Rams schedule (comparing to how I projected the games two long weeks ago), so they can get to 8-8 and possibly win the division.
Week 3 – Ravens. Still a loss. Rams 0-3.
Week 4 – Redskins. Redskins are improving, but this is a home game the Rams can win. Still a win. Rams 1-3.
Week 6 – AT Packers. Still a loss. Rams 1-4.
Week 7 – AT Cowboys. Cowboys played 1 good game and couldn’t close and 1 less than good game and came from behind. Don’t know what to expect here, but the way the Rams have played and the fact that it is away from home. Flip to loss. Rams 1-5.
Week 8 – Saints. The Saints have played well in two games. Still a loss. Rams 1-6.
Week 9 – AT Cardinals. The Cardinals still look like they have problems. Let’s flip this one to a win. Rams 2-6.
Week 10 – AT Browns. The Browns still aren’t there yet and this is a winnable game despite being away from home. Still a Win. Rams 3-6.
Week 11 – Seahawks. The Seahawks have looked the worst out of all NFC West teams. Still a win. Rams 4-6.
Week 12 – Cardinals. If the Rams have any aspirations, they will have to win home division games. Still a win. Rams 5-6.
Week 13 – AT 49ers. The Rams will have to at least go 6-0 in the division to get to 8-8. Still a win. Rams 6-6.
Week 14 – AT Seahawks. The Rams might be able to penetrate the impregnable Qwest Field this season, but I won’t believe it until I see it. Let’s keep this one a loss, but if they win, it opens up 9-7 as a possibility. Loss, Rams 6-7.
Week 15 – Bengals. The Rams will have to hold serve at home against a young Bengals team. Still a win. Rams 7-7.
Week 16 – AT Steelers. This one still looks like a loss. Rams 7-8.
Week 17 – 49ers. This could be the second year in a row where the final game is a showdown for the division title. To get to 8-8, the Rams will need this home division win. Still a win. Rams 8-8.
And that is how the Rams will have to do it if they want to get to a non-losing record for the first time since 2006. The game away at the Seahawks is the only “squish” game, that I could switch over to make it work if the Rams lose more than predicted early on.