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    Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Projecting the Rams' 2010 record
    By Mike Sando
    Sep 9, 2:58 PM ET

    The annual game-by-game predictions for NFC West teams will be rolling out on the blog throughout Thursday, beginning with a 5-11 projection on the St. Louis Rams based on these projected outcomes:

    Week 1: lose vs. Cardinals

    Week 2: lose at Raiders

    Week 3: win vs. Redskins

    Week 4: win vs. Seahawks

    Week 5: win at Lions

    Week 6: lose vs. Chargers

    Week 7: lose at Bucs

    Week 8: win vs. Panthers

    Week 9: no game

    Week 10: lose at *****

    Week 11: lose vs. Falcons

    Week 12: lose at Broncos

    Week 13: lose at Cardinals

    Week 14: lose at Saints

    Weak 15: win vs. Chiefs

    Week 16: lose vs. *****

    Week 17: lose at Seahawks
    I've used red type to identify projected defeats that could qualify as "swing" games for hopeful fans. The opener against Arizona isn't in red type because I didn't want Ken Whisenhunt printing out this blog entry as more evidence of disrespect toward his two-time defending NFC West champs.

    Last season, I couldn't find a victory on the Rams schedule until their eighth game, and that's how the first half of the season played out. This season, there might be some reaching going on with my projected Rams victory over Carolina in Week 8, but otherwise I had the Rams losing eight in a row, and I think they'll do better than that this season. They nearly beat New Orleans and Houston at home last season.

    The Rams do draw a more favorable home schedule this season in terms of opposing quarterbacks. They faced Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner and Matt Schaub at the Edward Jones Dome last season. That's a brutal home schedule for a team that wasn't going to fare well on the road. The Rams need some more manageable home games this season. They still face some good quarterbacks, but the list isn't nearly as formidable as the one from 2009.

    I gave the Rams a 4-4 home record as a result. That could be generous, but not if the Rams have better luck with injuries this season.

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    The odds are stacked against us but just for the record I'm predicting 10 wins this season.

    Week 1: win vs. Cardinals
    Week 2: win at Raiders
    Week 3: loss vs. Redskins
    Week 4: win vs. Seahawks
    Week 5: win at Lions
    Week 6: lose vs. Chargers
    Week 7: win at Bucs
    Week 8: win vs. Panthers
    Week 9: no game
    Week 10: lose at *****
    Week 11: lose vs. Falcons
    Week 12: win at Broncos
    Week 13: lose at Cardinals
    Week 14: lose at Saints
    Weak 15: win vs. Chiefs
    Week 16: win vs. *****
    Week 17 win at Seahawks.


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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctious View Post
    The odds are stacked against us but just for the record I'm predicting 10 wins this season.

    Week 1: win vs. Cardinals
    Week 2: win at Raiders
    Week 3: loss vs. Redskins
    Week 4: win vs. Seahawks
    Week 5: win at Lions
    Week 6: lose vs. Chargers
    Week 7: win at Bucs
    Week 8: win vs. Panthers
    Week 9: no game
    Week 10: lose at *****
    Week 11: lose vs. Falcons
    Week 12: win at Broncos
    Week 13: lose at Cardinals
    Week 14: lose at Saints
    Weak 15: win vs. Chiefs
    Week 16: win vs. *****
    Week 17 win at Seahawks.
    I like this scenario! but if we get 8 wins I will be an extremely happy camper!

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    16-0. In the draft trade up from #32 into the top 10 and draft the top LB/DL

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Here's my take:
    WEEK 1-WIN VS CARDS
    WEEK 2-WIN@ RAIDERS
    WEEK 3-LOSE VS REDSKINS
    WEEK 4-WIN VS SEAHAWKS
    WEEK 5-LOSE @ LIONS
    WEEK 6-LOSE VS CHARGERS
    WEEK 7-WIN @ BUCS
    WEEK 8-LOSE VS PANTHERS
    WEEK 9- BYE
    WEEK 10-LOSE @******
    WEEK 11-WIN VS FALCONS
    WEEK 12-LOSE @ BRONCOS
    WEEK 13-LOSE @ CARDS
    WEEK 14-LOSE @ SAINTS
    WEEK 15-WIN VS CHIEFS
    WEEK 16-WIN VS ******
    WEEK 17-WIN @ SEAHAWKS....SQUEEK INTO THE PLAYOFFS. RAAAMS BAAABY!!!

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Put the KOOL-AID down! You're going to hurt yourselves!!!!


    GO RAMS!!!!

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Put the KOOL-AID down! You're going to hurt yourselves!!!!
    I understand but it is a thin line between possible and probable.

    If you look at the games individually you can see how it's possible for us to win several. A premiere back, good quarterback and a solid defense puts us, in my opinion, on par with some of our opponents.

    Probably we won't because the games occur one after the other, injuries will eventually hit and too much adversity my be hard to overcome psychologically.

    But... what if the ball bounces our way a few more times this year than it did last year.

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Week 1: vs Cardinals= W

    Week 2: vs Raiders= L*

    Week 3: vs Redskins= L*

    Week 4: vs Seahawks= L*

    Week 5: vs Lions= W

    Week 6: vs. Chargers= L

    Week 7: vs Bucs= W

    Week 8: vs Panthers= L

    Week 9: BYE

    Week 10: vs Frisko= W

    Week 11: vs Falcons= L

    Week 12: vs Broncos= W

    Week 13: vs Cardinals= W

    Week 14: vs Saints= L*

    Weak 15: vs Chiefs= W

    Week 16: vs Frisco= L

    Week 17: vs Seahawks= W
    (*) are winnable games
    In the NFC-West the Rams ought to do well considering:
    The Cards have lost a lot of depth on both offense and defense. I still think their QB issues will a hunt them through out the season. Its a tie between the Rams and Frisko until one considers the diffence in the Defenses; Again QBs make the difference and neither has a decisive edge on offense. Seahawks still have more holes filled then the Rams in terms of needs, but don't see the Hawks as having put all the peaces together.

    In the winnable games:
    There is the Raiders, they are the most consistant inconsitant team in the NFL, and much will depend on which shows up to play. Red Skins lack a lot of pieces still. If the Rams win this game it will be a credit to the defense. The Rams play the Saints later in the season, and don't think their defense can keep them from losing having not replaced what talent they had on that side of the ball. Further its going to be a long season for the Saints with every team gunning for them--attrition is likely to have made them vunerable for a Ram upset

    I don't like this schedual, not enough gutt-check games against teams on the rise like Green Bay, Indianapolis, or New York (Jets) to guage the Rams as a whole. A winning season would be wonderful, yet in the long run to make it back to the Superbowl The Rams need tough hard fought games to get better.

    At least the Rams get a chance to play Atlanta, Carolina, and San Diago

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    I'm kind of curious about all of this optimism for home games when we have done better on the road the last few seasons.

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    I'm kind of curious about all of this optimism for home games when we have done better on the road the last few seasons.
    If you haven't heard yet... the entire state of Oklahoma is going to load up in wagons and caravan to the Dome. Thus giving us a huge home field advantage... plus loads and loads of horse crap.

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    6-10 is my take, with you guys beating the Cards week 1.

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    I believe 10 wins is possible but would really require everything to fall just right. My prediction right now is 7-9:

    Week 1: win vs. Cardinals

    Week 2: win at Raiders

    Week 3: win vs. Redskins

    Week 4: lose vs. Seahawks


    Week 5: win at Lions


    Week 6: lose vs. Chargers


    Week 7: win at Bucs


    Week 8: lose vs. Panthers


    Week 9: no game


    Week 10: lose at *****


    Week 11: lose vs. Falcons

    Week 12: lose at Broncos


    Week 13: lose at Cardinals


    Week 14: lose at Saints


    Weak 15: win vs. Chiefs


    Week 16: lose vs. *****

    Week 17: win at Seahawks


    After facing the depleted Cards in week 1, we play teams that finished near the bottom of the standings last year in weeks 2-5. All of those games should be winnable. Of course, they'll be saying the same thing about us...

    The level of play rises in weeks 6-8. Unless V-Jacks wins an appeal, we'll face the Chargers without their star receiver and likely without LT McNeil, as well. The Bucs are beatable, but the Panthers' running game will be another test. It's not out of the realm of possibility that we could beat any or all of the teams, but my early guess is that we only take one of them.

    Our bye comes just in time for a breather before the hardest part of our schedule. Not only are weeks 10-14 against the toughest teams on the schedule, but 4 out of the 5 games are away games. The Rams would have to play much better than they have in recent seasons to avoid a losing streak coming out of the bye.

    However, I have them finishing strong through weeks 15-17, winning 2/3 to close out the season.


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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    Week 1: win vs. Cardinals

    Week 2: lose at Raiders

    Week 3: win vs. Redskins

    Week 4: win vs. Seahawks

    Week 5: win at Lions

    Week 6: lose vs. Chargers

    Week 7: lose at Bucs

    Week 8: lose vs. Panthers

    Week 9: no game

    Week 10: lose at *****

    Week 11: lose vs. Falcons

    Week 12: lose at Broncos

    Week 13: lose at Cardinals

    Week 14: lose at Saints

    Weak 15: win vs. Chiefs

    Week 16: lose vs. *****

    Week 17: lose at Seahawks

    Thats my take. A 5 win season, id be happy with that tbh, after a 1 win season. If the team outperform my expectations they could easily have around 8 wins *fingers crossed*

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    Re: Sando: Projecting the Rams' 2010 record

    6 wins would be a huge improvement and seems realistic. I still think this defense is still really suspect. If they do a bunch of moves during next year maybe a 10 win next year. I just don't see going from 1 win to 10.

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