Rams v Seahags Predictions........

Here is the type of game we have been looking for! Playoff atmosphere game in December. Rams win, they pretty much wrap up division. Seattle leads the series 23-16, including a Ram turnover fraught game this year in LA. Gurley fumble at the goal line was huge. But even with the 5 Ram turnovers, we still had a shot at the end of the game. Time for payback, Rams can do this:

Rams 30
Hags 23

What do you think?

Rams @ Seahawks: Here is how the outcome impacts the Rams' playoff chances.

No time to wallow in yesterday's loss. Here are the playoff implications of next week's game @ Seattle:

If the Rams Win

Division Race
: A win does not clinch the division title, but its pretty close. A win would give the Rams a 2 game lead with two to go. Unless the Rams lose their last two (@Tennessee, San Francisco) AND Seattle wins their last two (@Dallas, Arizona), the Ram win the division.

Wild Card Race: A win enhances the Rams' wild card standing, though they can't clinch a wild card this week, as three teams (Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta) would all be (at worst) within two games of the Rams (and, right now, Atlanta holds the tiebreaker over the Rams by virtue of a superior conference record).

If the Rams Lose

Division Race:
Contrary to the hype you may read this week, the Rams won't necessarily lose the division if they lose next Sunday. They would be tied in record, with the Seahawks holding the tiebreaker, so the Rams would, of course, have to finish a game ahead of Seattle. That is not outside the realm of possibility, though, as the Rams could win their last two, while Seattle has a tough road game against Dallas in Week 15. Dallas will likely still be in the hunt for a wild card at that point, and they'll have Ezekiel Elliot back. So, while nobody wants to "back into" a division title, it could play out that way.

Wild Card: A loss does hurt the Rams quite a bit in the wild card race. If the three NFC South teams in the hunt all win, the Rams would be a game behind New Orleans and Carolina (one of which will likely win the South, while the other will likely be a wild card), and they'd be tied with Atlanta. Based on the tiebreaker, they'd be out of the playoffs if the season ended after 14 games. However, not all would be lost. In Week 15, the Falcons are @ New Orleans. If the Rams were to beat Tennessee that week, they'd go to 10-5. That would put them back in a Wild Card spot regardless of the outcome of the Falcons/Saints game. If the Saints lose, they'd be tied with the Rams at 10-5 (Rams have head-to-head), while the if the Falcons lose they'd be a game behind the Rams.

So, all in all, this week's game is HUGE, but its not a MATHEMATICAL must win....

Rams lose 43-35 to eagles; The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Rams dropped to 9-4 today losing at home 43-35 to the eagles despite knocking out carson wentz and playing against nick foles for the entire 4th quarter. The Rams had plenty of chances to get a signature win today and take control of the division with seattle losing on the road to jacksonville, but too many stupid penalties, an untimely fumble by goff on a suspect play call in my view (and where goff held the ball too long) and an inability to get off the field on third down cost the Rams the game. In addition to losing, the Rams suffered a number of injuries today, although both Whitworth and Havenstein got back on the field. Webster and Tru did not and with the key game of the season on the road next week against seattle coming up, good health is obviously a paramount concern, especially on the offensive line and in the secondary. Incredibly disappointing drive by the Rams with a 3 and out with 4 minutes left and a chance to win.

The Good

Goff played well generally. 16-26-199-2 tds and a 110 rating. Of course, he had the huge fumble and got lucky a couple of other passes werent picked off. He needs to play better if we are going to win playoff caliber games, but he didnt play poorly today, just not good enough. Its obviously a lot harder when you dont have all day to throw.

Gurley was outstanding. 13-96 2tds and 3-39 receiving. Ran incredibly hard. Mystified by the play calling not getting him more touches. Need more screens and routes to him.
Hekker was great again.
Nice INT early by webster
Brockers played well again and donald pressured the qb all day not that the refs called much on them
Kupp was terrific in the first half. We didnt get him the ball after the first drive on the second half. 5-118 and a td
Blocked punt by thomas run in for td by countess
10 tackles for johnny johnson, promising rookie
Nice to see quinn get another sack

The Bad

Our play calling is not good. I dont see why we are trying to throw long with a lead, running well and havenstein out injured. Why dont we throw more bubble screens and slants to watkins? Only three catches for watkins, not nearly enough especially with woods out. Gurley ran well. He should have gotten more touches. Too many deep drops for our young qb, not enough short passes to take pressure off and nothing to the tight end

We got absolutely killed all day by the tight ends
Time of possession terrible. We lost it 39-21 minutes
Goff can NOT hold that ball that long at that point in the game
We allowed 455 yards and 29 first downs
We were 2-7 on third down
Goff missed an open cooper for a td (we got a td on that possession anyway)

The ugly

7 penalties for 102 yards including some moronic after the whistle penalties that may have cost us the game. Some of the calls today were lousy but i am not using...

First-place Rams have second-toughest remaining schedule

First-place Rams have second-toughest remaining schedule
Alden Gonzalez
ESPN Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jared Goff pleaded ignorance when asked about the daunting stretch of games his Los Angeles Rams are facing.

"We've got Minnesota coming up next week, right?" Goff said after Sunday's 33-7 win against the Houston Texans. "I don't know who we've got after that."

Goff was told about some of the opponents that follow -- New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles -- and looked puzzled.

"Do we?"

The second-year quarterback was only kidding, but he also was trying to make a point: The Rams aren't looking beyond their upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings. They've spent all season clinging to a one-week-at-a-time mentality, and they aren't about to stop now. Not at 7-2.

Whatever they're doing is working.

"To continue to even be in that company, you have to take it one game at a time," first-year head coach Sean McVay said. "The way that our guys have approached every single week -- with that focus, that concentration -- I've been very pleased with them. Being process-driven is the right way to go about it."

But make no mistake: The Rams' remaining schedule is, indeed, grueling.

The Rams lead the NFL with a plus-134 point differential, but they'll play four of the six teams that follow them in that stat. The Rams' next two games will come against surging teams that are 7-2 -- on the road against the Vikings, then at home against the Saints. Two weeks after that, they host an 8-1 Eagles team that has outscored opponents by a combined 104 points. Then it's on the road against a couple of 6-3 teams -- the division-rival Seahawks, then the Titans on Christmas Eve.

The Rams' remaining opponents have a combined .609 winning percentage, giving them the NFL's second-hardest schedule for these last seven weeks. The Falcons ranked first in strength of schedule after Sunday's action (opponent winning percentage of .619). The Seahawks were seventh (.563), the Vikings were 11th (.540), the Saints were 14th (.531) and the Eagles were 20th (.492).

"It's a good challenge for us to see where we are as a team," Rams running back Todd Gurley said. "We want to be in the playoffs, and right now if we keep doing what we're doing, we will. And these teams are going to be in the playoffs as well."

It's deep enough into the season for the playoffs to look like a mathematical possibility for the Rams. They need to win only three of their remaining seven games to reach 10 wins, and only four 10-win teams have failed to make the playoffs over the past six seasons. They need to win four of seven to reach 11 wins, and between 1986 and 2016, only one team -- the 2008 New England Patriots -- failed to...


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