Winning, however, may not be easy. As is the case for other teams in the NFC West Division, the Strength of Schedule rating facing the Rams is a very uncomfortable .553. It is the sixth most difficult schedule in the league this year.
And yet, the pre-season projection for this squad is 8.0 games. The belief among analysts is that this group of fifty-three players can be competitive, regardless of the competition. In other words, if team members play up to their skill levels, the St. Louis Rams can and probably will win at least eight games.
The Missouri team will have to beat its foes in the same division at home and on the road. The Rams will host the tough-to-beat Seattle Seahawks in the season opening game on September 13th. It will entertain the visiting 49ers on November 1st and the Arizona Cardinals on December 6th.
St. Louis will then have to play the same three opponents “on the road.” The Rams will start by visiting Arizona on October 4th. The team will then wait until the last two weeks of the regular season to compete away from home against the other two teams in its division.
Seattle will be the sight of one game on December 27th and San Francisco will be the other destination on January 3rd. That game will end the regular season for the 49ers and for the Rams, as well.
Given its tough schedule, it is no surprise that non-divisional games feature some very tough foes. For instance, the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit St. Louis on December 27th while earlier that month the Rams will also get a chance to play at home against the Detroit Lions.
Other road games include tough competition, too. St. Louis will have to travel to Washington, to Green Bay, to Baltimore, to Cincinnati and to Minnesota. These are all challenging games for the St. Louis club, but none are impossible to win.
The St. Louis Rams will have to be “at the top of their game” week after week after rough-and-tumble week in order to win a sufficient number of games that will enable it to reach the postseason.
Whether or not they do it depends entirely on their weekly performance on the field … on the team’s ability to keep its most important players healthy and on a commitment from every player, starter or substitute, to “play all out” every down of every game.
For this developing team, passion and commitment matter.
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