With only four games remaining to be played in the current 2015-2016 Season, this Sunday afternoon’s contest between the visiting Detroit Lions and the home team St. Louis Rams will have no impact on the upcoming playoffs. The Lions, with a Won-Loss record of 4-8, are in last place in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and, while not quite mathematically eliminated, are just about “dead.”
The same can be said for the St. Louis Rams, a team that began the current football season with great expectations. The early hype for this team has not been matched on the playing field. St. Louis, like its opponent this weekend, has a Won-Loss record of 4-8 and is hopelessly behind the first place Arizona Cardinals in the West Division of the NFC.
So there is clearly no divisional title available to either team when they meet on the field several days from now. And because there are just four games remaining in the season and so many teams ahead of them in the standings, there is really virtually no chance that either one of these squads can capture a Wild Card and earn a visit to the playoffs.
At first glance, the picture is bleak for both clubs and there seems to be no reason whatsoever for fans to spend good money to attend this contest between losing teams. But every game played in the National Football League (NFL) is worth attending and watching.
As all fans know, the athletes on all teams, even losing squads, are outstanding professionals capable of making fantastic plays at any time. Their speed, strength and skill make them fun to watch and games are almost always entertaining.
The Lions squad features a strong arm QB in Matthew Stafford who can throw the ball all over the field to his all pro receiver Calvin Johnson. The duo of Stafford to Johnson is one of the most dangerous in the NFL and can strike at any moment.
The Rams have found their feature back in rookie first round pick Todd Gurley out of Georgia. Gurley has shown his great ability to turn power into speed as he has taken the NFL by storm with his dominating play.
Add to that the fact that the players on the Lions and the Rams desperately want to keep their careers in the National Football League (NFL) alive and viable and there is then every reason to believe that spectators will be cheering loudly for every play between these two “also-rans” for sixty full minutes of game time.
The men that wear the uniforms are, after all, professionals with immense egos and pride to spare. They always want to excel and never want to be embarrassed. And most of all, they want to be wanted. That means they want to get a roster spot on next year’s team.
Wanting a roster spot, however, won’t guarantee a roster spot for any player who doesn’t perform well. Those that play hard and excel can virtually guarantee that they will be playing professional football in the NFL when next season begins, many months from now.
That kind of motivation leads directly to desire and determination and assures that this Sunday’s game will be hard-hitting, competitive and exciting. As is true for virtually all NFL games, it will be worth watching.
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