Those of us who have not gone into fully functional “well, there’s always next year” mode with the 2011 Edition of the Same Old Sorry Rams have pointed to the Rams terribly difficult early season schedule as the reason the Rams have laid so many goose eggs on the scoreboard and on the Edward Jones Dome turf. But, if we look at the Rams first 4 games, the teams have not been as tough as advertised.
According to Football Outsiders DVOA, the Rams have played the 24th ranked team (PHI), the 6th (NYG), the 5th (BAL) and the 15th (WAS). And the Rams have played 3 of their first 4 games at home, where conceivably they should be able to play better. The rankings for the opposition obviously include the success the opposition had against the Rams. Even further, those 4 teams have gone 6-6 when they didn’t have the privilege of playing the Rams.
(On a side note, the Rams find themselves in last place in DVOA yet again.)
Additionally, the Rams future schedule is ranked 14th out of 32 for toughness for the rest of the season, so the Rams are facing about a league average difficulty the rest of the way.
The Rams schedule is not that difficult. The Rams are just that bad again.