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    Gordon makes his prediction

    You heard it here first: Rams will go 9-7 vs. soft schedule

    By Jeff Gordon

    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    04/11/2007


    The Rams ought to enjoy a fast start this season. In fact, they simply MUST start briskly to take advantage of their favorable 2007 schedule.

    Not only is the ’07 slate easy overall -– Rams opponents posted a 121-135 record last season, the fourth-worst mark in the league -– it should allow Scott Linehan’s team to build some momentum.

    So how will it play out? Assuming they add significant help to their front seven in the upcoming draft, the Rams ought to take a step forward and finish this season 9-7.

    Here is how it could play out (home games in CAPS):


    CAROLINA – W, 1-0: With a whole summer to prepare for this game, the Rams ought to open the season well. Look for Linehan to unveil several new offensive wrinkles to exploit newcomers Randy McMichael at tight end and Drew Bennett at wide receiver.


    SAN FRANCISCO, W, 2-0: The ***** defense couldn’t stop Steven Jackson last season -– and that trend will continue at The Ed. Advertisement



    At Tampa Bay, W, 3-0: The Rams should hit the road on a roll. We’re guessing the Buccaneers offensive line will still be a work in progress, which will be good news for the Rams’ front four. This is a golden opportunity to win an away game.


    At Dallas, L, 3-1: We’re hugely skeptical of the Wade Phillips Era in Dallas, since Terrell Owen and Jerry Jones may end up running the team. But the Cowboys offense is trending up and this team will be a handful at home.


    ARIZONA, W, 4-1: The Cardinals will finally contend for a playoff spot, thanks to the maturation of quarterback Matt Leinart. That the Gridbirds got this kid is a miracle. But at home, the Rams will be difficult to outscore.


    At Baltimore, L, 4-2: Reality Check No. 1: The Ravens played lockdown defense again last season. The difference in that team was veteran quarterback Steve McNair, who didn’t give away games -– unlike his predecessors. Expect that trend to continue.


    At Seattle, L, 4-3: Reality Check No. 2: The Seahawks are still the class of the NFC West. There is no possible way Seattle will suffer as many disastrous injuries as they did last season. So at this point of the season, beating them in the Pacific Northwest will be nearly impossible.


    CLEVELAND, W, 5-3: The Browns may not stink quite as badly as last season, but they will be ill-equipped to outgun the Rams in The Ed.


    BYE: Eight games into the season -- what great placement for the week off!


    At New Orleans, L, 5-4: Even after the break, the Rams “D” will be nicked up. And the Saints may be even more explosive this season, with Reggie Bush fully adapted to the NFL. As much as Jim Haslett wants to win this game, the match-up is bad.


    At San Francisco, W, 6-4: Regroup! The Rams will have to win a big road game to stay in the playoff hunt and this would be a good time to do it. Linehan is a big fan of Niners quarterback Alex Smith, but Haslett, still smarting from the previous loss, will conjure up a game plan to beat him.


    SEATTLE, L, 6-5: Sorry, but the Seahawks still look like the superior team. The Rams will be better next season, but I don’t see them winning at home. Remember, Seattle beat the Rams twice last season despite missing many marquee players.


    ATLANTA, W, 7-5: New coach, same old problem for the Falcons -– Michael Vick is too inconsistent to lead his team to greatness. Until he can back off defenses with accurate downfield passing to his wide receivers, Vick will struggle to build winning streaks.


    At Cincinnati, L, 7-6: Assuming that half the team isn’t banned from football under the “Pac Man Jones Rule”, the Bengals will attack the Rams with too many weapons. Don’t be shocked if Carson Palmer has a gigantic year.


    GREEN BAY, W, 8-6: At this moment, the Packers don’t have a notable running game. Until that changes, beating good teams on the road will be impossible.


    PITTSBURGH, W, 9-6: To stay in the playoff hunt, the Rams will have to knock off a top team at The Ed. The Thursday night game (for the NFL Network) would be their opportunity to rise to that challenge. If Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger comes out of his fog this season, this game would be a spectacular shootout.


    At Arizona, L, 9-7: Could the Rams finish the season 10-6? Sure. They looked like a 10-6 team at times last season. But this game should mean something to the improved Gridbirds -– so Arizona will hold serve in its marvelous new stadium.

    All of this will put the Rams in contention for a wild-card berth. Our prediction: It will come down to a tiebreaker . . . and the Rams will squeeze into postseason play.


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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    9-7 vs. soft schedule??? We are better than that!:r :l

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    the two really suspect predictions here are the loss at home to seattle and the loss on the road to arizona, two games that we should win. Seattle was hardly impressive last year. Sure they beat us twice, but we were playing mUCH better football at the end of the year than when we played them. As for the big dead, if we need that win to get to 10-6 to win the division, we will get it.

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Even if we do go 9-7, I still hate Jeff Gordon, he can report on the whiners for all i care. I stopped reading stuff with his name next to it 2 years ago.That being said, we will be better than 9-7.
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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Of course we also lost to Seattle when they were starting Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris at QB and RB respectively. I'd like to think we'll beat them next year, but we'd better play a LOT better than last year.

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Isn't it just alittle toooooooooo early. If we went into this season playing like we did, we would hardly finish 9-7 and lose twice to Seattle... I think at worst with an offense like ours 10-6. This could be a lame predicament especially since the draft is still in the works.

    My best advice wait until after draft and who in the heck is allowing those Raider banners!!!
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    i believe, as i stated before , with such an easy schedule , the rams would have , (HAVE TOO ) win the tough games, and not let the likes of the browns , cardinals and ***** , take any games this year . the rams , in order to be a legitimate force to go into the playoffs, and not sneak in for a token game, need a record of at least 12-4, but 13-3 would show something.

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    At Seattle, L, 4-3: Reality Check No. 2: The Seahawks are still the class of the NFC West. There is no possible way Seattle will suffer as many disastrous injuries as they did last season. So at this point of the season, beating them in the Pacific Northwest will be nearly impossible.
    He's giving the squawks WAY too much credit. They do not have the same amount of talent that the Rams have, and their WR's are still a big ?. Alexander is starting to ware down; and let's not forget the big wins we've had in their house in the past. Impossible? Hardly! Rams sweep the squawks this season.
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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    I dont buy the seahawks being the class in the west. I think they are an example of a bitter defeated team that just did not have enough heart to wint it all. If anything it will be the Rams and the Whiners battling it out for divison supremacy.
    LET'S GO DODGERS

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by Facing-The-Giant View Post
    If we have to beat the cards to get in the playoffs, I will be in Glendale and I will be the loudest person there, I will pull out all the gear, and I will buy the loudest blow horn imaginable.. GO rams!!

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    Wow, starting in Ladue, then Miami on Saturday, and Arizona on Sunday, then to Chicago for Arena ball on Monday............your frequent flyer points will be through the roof.
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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    I highly doubt the cowbgirls will beat us or just about anybody else this season. Also we should be able to take the cards in both games. otherwise pretty realistic predictions.

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Did this guy not watch Steven Jackson last year? He can take over a game for us. He alone is worth 2 wins that we may not expect right now looking at the schedule.

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    Even a moderate improvement in our offense -- which will probably be more towards considerable* -- should provide a minimal 10-6 record.

    Add to that a moderate improvement to our D, in fact, possibly more than so, and that ought to yield one to two games more: 11-5 is more feasible IMO with an honest potential for a 12-4.

    Isn't it just alittle toooooooooo early. -- LA Rammer
    Rammer, your point is well taken: it's just too early right now to predict since we don't even know what will result from the draft, from the possible Jenkins trade, etc. Nevertheless, as we stand now, there could be some dim light to see the end of our 2007 season.


    *. - Improved, more confident OL; same with Steven Jackson, Bulger and his passing game.
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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    ok for it was 7-9, then 8-8 and now 9-7? well at that rate we should be 16-0 in 2013!

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    Re: Gordon makes his prediction

    lets take this froma different angle.. what teams on our schedule actually are a lock to beat us?

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