The St. Louis Rams have been getting better in recent seasons. After a very long stretch of mediocre performances and far too many losing seasons, this team that once called Los Angeles home has become relevant.
The Rams have become a solid and winning team due, in large part, to a stifling defense that has made it very difficult for opponents to reach the end zone. The Rams, in fact, are currently ranked Number Six in the National football League (NFL) for points allowed per game. St. Louis has been able to literally “shut down” opposing offenses, giving up just 18.25 points per game.
That’s commendable, of course, and a formula for winning football games. That’s because teams that score fewer than twenty points tend to lose most games played in the NFL. And squads that take to the gridiron against the “rough and ready” Rams have definitely been scoring under twenty points.
The proof is in the results. A look at the Rams in the standings shows that, after eight games played, St. Louis has a Won-Loss record of 4-4 and is in second place in the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), just two games behind the front-running Arizona Cardinals.
In truth, St. Louis is tied with the Seattle Seahawks, a squad that also has a Won-Loss record of 4-4. Both teams, Seattle and St. Louis, use stout defenses to pressure opponents and win games. And the Rams, like the Seahawks, have a real chance of catching the Cardinals and finishing in first place in the division.
It won’t be easy to hold off the Seahawks while trying to overtake the Cardinals, but it can be done, especially by the rugged Rams, a squad that plays defense with passion and purpose.
To date, St. Louis has been shutting down “the running games” of the teams it plays, allowing a mere 104.00 yards per game. Additionally, the team from “the gateway to the west” city has been forcing turnovers every time it steps on the gridiron, nabbing 1.75 fumbles and interceptions every four quarters.
Defense will definitely be the component in this team’s arsenal that triggers wins and propels it into the postseason. Foes of the Rams have only been able to amass two hundred nineteen passing yards per game, a number that is often too low if a team wants to end up with the most points.
When you also consider that St. Louis gives up only an average of 4.93 yards per play to its opponents, it becomes clear why this tough team has an excellent chance to find itself on the field and playing in January.
The St. Louis Rams, despite a Won-Loss record of 4-4, are a playoff contender.
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