The Cleveland Browns play football as a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The St. Louis Rams, a squad that once called Los Angeles home, play football in the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC).
These two squads once fielded superior teams that won championships. In many seasons in the distant past, they squared off for league supremacy. But the distant past has little to do with the present. In 2015, both the Browns and Rams are trying to turn their respective franchises into “winners.” Yes, these squads want to once again be relevant.
It hasn’t been easy for both teams in the current season. While the Browns and the Rams are competitive, they each can lay claim to losing records. In fact, the squad from Ohio has managed to win just two of six games and sits in third place in its division, well behind the 6-0 Cincinnati Bengals.
The squad that calls Missouri home was supposed to contend for division honors this season. But it, too, has not fared well. After five games, the Rams are in second place behind the division-leading Cardinals. Arizona sports a Won-Loss record of 4-2 while the upstart Rams have won just two of the five games they have played.
All is not lost. The Rams, of course, need to keep winning and hope that the Bengals “come crashing down to earth.” For their part, the Browns, a team that has a good and still-improving defense, need to “pick it up” on offense. Cleveland has lost games in the fourth quarter because it couldn’t reach the end zone.
The home team Rams also have a quality defense and are favored to conquer the Browns. But most games in the National Football League (NFL) are decided by seven points or fewer and by turnovers. The team that “coughs up the ball” more frequently is the team that is most likely to end up on the short end of the final score.
Since both the Browns and the Rams have solid defenses that force turnovers it will be interesting to watch this contest and see which defense outperforms the other. Of course, both quarterbacks have to “protect the ball” and avoid interceptions while moving their teams down the field.
The Browns are still in contention for a “Wild Card” and an invitation to postseason play. The home team Rams can still get the top spot in their division. And if it happens, this team would automatically qualify for the playoffs.
The road ahead for both teams is difficult. It will take solid play on the gridiron, performances that are error-free and good luck for the Browns and the Cardinals to keep playing after the regular season ends.
These two competitive squads will have to win far more games than they lose. And their “road to the playoffs” all gets started this Sunday.
Courtesy of Rant Sports