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    Schedule has been against the Rams

    No matter how the schedule was configured, the Rams weren't expected to win many games this season. Not with a new coaching staff, new front office and, most important, not much talent on the roster.

    But as the Rams approach the midpoint of the season, it has become painfully obvious that their schedule has been downright brutal:

    St. Louis is one of only five NFL teams this season that will face teams coming off byes in back-to-back weeks. They'll reach that dubious double Sunday against the Detroit Lions, who are fit and rested after their bye week.

    The Rams are one of only four NFL teams that played four of their first six games on the road (without the benefit of a bye mixed in).

    And they're one of only two teams Minnesota being the other to open the season with two road games.

    "I appreciate all your info," coach Steve Spagnuolo said, with a touch of sarcasm. "It's enlightening in a way, but it doesn't change what we've got to do."

    Namely, win a game. Any game. But this wasn't exactly a schedule built for success. It's enough to make you wonder if Spagnuolo upset somebody in the league office after taking over as Rams coach.

    "I hope nobody," Spagnuolo said, smiling. "I don't get wrapped up in (scheduling). And I really learned that from (Eagles coach) Andy Reid. Andy had a unique way when the schedules came out ... there would always be positives about the way he looked at the schedule."

    But where are the positives in September and October?

    Obviously it's always tougher to win on the road than at home, so playing your first two games away from home (and four of your first six) isn't exactly a recipe for victory.

    Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, there has not been a single season in which road teams ended up with a winning record overall. Last season, for example, road teams went 109-146-1, for a winning percentage of .428.

    This decade, NFL road teams have never done better than a .469 winning percentage (in 2006). They've been as bad as .387 in 2003, compiling a record of 99-157 that season.

    "I don't go down that road," Spagnuolo said. "No pun intended, because you play between the white lines. You go out there and you play. I don't get caught up in that. We don't talk about it like, 'It's an away game and we've got to do a little better this or better that.' "

    When the schedule came out last April, Spagnuolo said the only thing he looked at was the first opponent, and when the Rams had their bye week.

    Speaking of byes, since the bye week format started in 1990, teams coming out of byes have won 52.5 percent of the time. For the Rams, they are catching Indianapolis and Detroit coming out of byes in back-to-back weeks.

    "The bye week thing I don't know how you control that," Spagnuolo said. "I think they pop that in the computer and you come up with the bye week."

    Similarly, in the case of the preponderance of road games on the early schedule, it's not as if the league has a conspiracy against St. Louis. From year to year there are often conventions, trade shows and other events booked at the Edward Jones Dome that make the facility unavailable early in the season.

    The early home schedule has been no picnic, either. In fact, it's been a who's-who of top-flight teams and elite quarterbacks. So far, the Rams have played host to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, Minnesota's Brett Favre and the Colts' Peyton Manning. Their next home game (Nov. 15) is against Drew Brees and New Orleans.

    Rodgers, Brees and Favre currently are 1-2-3 in the NFC in passer rating in that order. Manning is No. 1 in the AFC, and No. 1 overall in the NFL.

    "You come in the NFL to play against the best," safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said. "You shy away from none, because to be the best they say you've got to beat the best. And as we continue to go through this (season), we've got more and more quarterbacks coming. We've got Brees and Warner."

    That's right. Seven days after facing Brees, two-time league MVP and three-time Super Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner comes to town.

    "It was the task that was put in front of us," cornerback Ron Bartell said. "No matter who we play, we're expected to come out, play hard every game, compete and try to win."


    Ryan Neill, a third-year player from Rutgers and former Buffalo Bill, has been signed to replace the injured Chris Massey as the team's long snapper.

  • #2
    Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

    Our Schedule is Brutal this year... I thought we had no chance against the Titans before the season started. Who knew they would end up like us..


    • #3
      Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

      I was surprised by all the road games to start the season, especially kicking off the season away against a division rival at Qwest Field. Aside from that, though, I don't think this schedule looks especially difficult (based on comparison to other teams' schedules, not probability of winning games). We've already gotten to play the Jaguars and Redskins and have Detroit up next. We've also got Chicago, Houston, Tennessee, and the rest of the weak NFC West. The Saints are the only real powerhouse left on the schedule for the rest of the year.


      • #4
        Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

        It is what it is. Take it one game at a time.

        GO RAMS!
        sigpic :ram::helmet:


        • #5
          Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

          I love when reporters use stats to prove their point but it doesn't.

          Teams after a by week win 52.5% of the time? It's basically a coin flip stat. I don't think you can prove brutal with 2.5%.


          • #6
            Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

            Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
            I love when reporters use stats to prove their point but it doesn't.

            Teams after a by week win 52.5% of the time? It's basically a coin flip stat. I don't think you can prove brutal with 2.5%.
            Lol I was thinking the same thing. Im pretty sure if you iterate a coin flip over a thousand times it would come out to 52% tails or something. That doesnt prove tails is a better call...


            • #7
              Re: Schedule has been against the Rams

              Mark my words. When the Titans start Vince Young this week, they are going to start playing better and get more W's. Until I see a few more games of their disastrous play, I'm not convinced the Titans are a win for the Rams.
              Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams


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              • AvengerRam_old
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                What do you think?
                I like it. Start with a trial by fire, then get a nice homestand after the bye.
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              • AvengerRam_old
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                You may notice some fans complaining in the next few days that the Rams preseason strength of schedule for 2014 suggests that they have one of the hardest schedules in the league.

                Here are some reasons why that number is largely meaningless.

                1. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
                This mantra, included as boilerplate by many investment houses, applies to sports as well. For example, last year, the Rams' game @ Houston appeared to be one of the toughest on the schedule, as the Texans were coming off a 12-4 season. Instead, it was one of the easiest games on the schedule. By the same token, the game against Carolina (a 7-9 team in 2012) did not seem that daunting, but the Panthers ended up 12-4 (winning 11 of their last 12 games). So, who knows... maybe the Raider game will be really tough, and the Broncos game will be a cakewalk.

                2. Don't blame the schedule makers for playing in a tough division.
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                3. Aggregate Numbers Can Be Misleading.
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                Easing Into Autumn: Easier games/home games in early stage of season. Allow the team to get some wins under its belt and build confidence, with the tough games towards the end of the year.

                Getting Over The Hump: A couple of easier games at the start to get off running, and a favorable late schedule for the playoff push. Getting from Halloween to Thanksgiving a bear of a task.

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