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  • 2019 Second Half Predictions

    Hard to believe we are at halfway point......The first half was a mix of good football with some bad luck and less then stellar play. I think most of us can agree the Rams have a few areas to shore up as they head into second half. Injuries have played a much larger role then in previous two years under McVay…..

    The NFC West has improved. Rams have enjoyed a two year reign. Is that over? Can the Rams still make the playoffs?



    @ Pittsburgh W

    Chicago W

    Baltimore L

    @ AZ L

    Seattle W

    @ Dallas L

    @ SF W

    Az W


    I had predicted before season an 11-5 mark. I now see a 10-6 record We have 4 division games in second half against a much better group in the West. I have us splitting series with each team this year.

    As for the Wild Card, I think 10-6 just may be enough to get in but there are two teams (Vikings/Hags) with 6=2 record that have inside track for now.

    As we know, staying on top is difficult. I knew the Whiners would be much improved but not to the degree they have shown. In 7 games, they have allowed 77 points. the rams allowed TB 55 in just one game!

    What say you?

  • #2
    10-6 certainly sounds do-able, but that schedule is not easy, and we could certainly go the other direction if the O-line doesn't hold up and we don't start getting more productivity in the running game. The Rams lack consistency this year- from quarter to quarter, from half to half and from game to game, making it very difficult to predict anything. Even Pittsburgh with all their troubles, will be a tough out on the road, especially if we go up there, play beneath our ability and get behind early. Chicago also has it's issues but beat us last year when we were much better and isn't a given.

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    • #3
      So much inconsistency and so many variables make it very difficult to predict. I'd love to see us get into a winning groove and come rolling into a playoff spot. But I don't think our issues have been due to underperformance as much as weakness of certain units, particularly the running game unit. So, I think we are what we appear to be, and I'll predict a 5-3 second half resulting in 10-6, which I don't believe will be enough for a playoff spot this season. If we can sweep our remaining division games and get to 11-5, I believe we will be in the tournament. But that's a wish, not a prediction.

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      • #4
        @ Pittsburgh W
        Chicago L
        Baltimore W
        @ AZ W
        Seattle W
        @ Dallas L
        @ SF L
        Az W

        I've got 5-3 over the second half stretch, which puts the Rams at 10-6.

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        • #5
          I might be riding a sugar high from all this Halloween candy I'm not supposed to be eating but all I see is EIGHT WINS! Go Rams WOOO

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          • #6
            9 wins

            @ Pittsburgh L Goff will fall apart
            Chicago L Chicago obviously did well last year vs a better rams team
            Baltimore L , they beat seattle in seattle
            @ AZ W
            Seattle W
            @ Dallas W
            @ SF L
            Az W

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            • #7
              My prediction is close to yours Mac, although I think we will beat Arizona twice this year.

              @ Pittsburgh W

              Chicago W

              Baltimore L

              @ AZ W

              Seattle W

              @ Dallas W

              @ SF W

              Az W
              "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

              Jack Youngblood

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              • #8
                And now, Nov. 1 ... the Squawks have signed WR Josh Gordon off New England's IR release. Potential ideal target for R. Wilson.

                BAH! / Grrr!

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                • #9
                  I see us going 6-2 with our losses at AZ and SF. That puts us at 11-5. In a worst case scenario we could lose an additional game to Baltimore if we cannot contain Lamar Jackson. How different this season would be if Zeurlein hits the FG v Seattle and we're 6-2.

                  On a separate but related note, I've read the Talib trade wasn't so much a salary dump as a way to sign another OL FA to fortify the O-line. Move Blythe to center and replace the ROG spot. makes sense. Anybody remember Chance Warmack? He's out there

                  Its a great time to be a Rams fan.

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                  • #10
                    mmm, very hard this year with this Rams team but here goes.

                    @ Pittsburgh W

                    Chicago W

                    Baltimore L

                    @ AZ W

                    Seattle W

                    @ Dallas W

                    @ SF W

                    Az W

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                    • #11
                      The question shouldn't be can the Rams make the playoffs; more like should the Rams be in the playoffs

                      It all comes down to the glaring reality of whether or not the Rams have a realistic chance of making another Super Bowl. Its odd but its still too early to tell. Normally week 5 & 6 gives us a good road map where things are going. Week 5 in 2018, I knew the Rams were going to take the NFC-W based on how well the Rams where playing verse how well the rest of the division wasn't, the schedule where only some surprise injury(s) could upset the picture. For the most part it was obvious who was going to represent the NFC championship by week 6, again barring critical injuries.

                      Yet in 2019, too many questions remain. My instincts say Packers or Vikings will emerge as NFC champions. Its sad that McVay didn't or couldn't keep the Rams as serious contenders. Seriously week 2 of preseason was troubling because there just didn't seem the depth of talent or the passion from the new hopefuls and a sad showing of the Rams OL just took my desire to want to watch the 2019 season unfold more painful.

                      At this stage, there will be fun game to watch but everything points that the Rams will miss the playoffs

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ram Dragoon View Post
                        The question shouldn't be can the Rams make the playoffs; more like should the Rams be in the playoffs

                        It all comes down to the glaring reality of whether or not the Rams have a realistic chance of making another Super Bowl. Its odd but its still too early to tell. Normally week 5 & 6 gives us a good road map where things are going. Week 5 in 2018, I knew the Rams were going to take the NFC-W based on how well the Rams where playing verse how well the rest of the division wasn't, the schedule where only some surprise injury(s) could upset the picture. For the most part it was obvious who was going to represent the NFC championship by week 6, again barring critical injuries.

                        Yet in 2019, too many questions remain. My instincts say Packers or Vikings will emerge as NFC champions. Its sad that McVay didn't or couldn't keep the Rams as serious contenders. Seriously week 2 of preseason was troubling because there just didn't seem the depth of talent or the passion from the new hopefuls and a sad showing of the Rams OL just took my desire to want to watch the 2019 season unfold more painful.

                        At this stage, there will be fun game to watch but everything points that the Rams will miss the playoffs

                        Niners definitely

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ram Dragoon View Post
                          The question shouldn't be can the Rams make the playoffs; more like should the Rams be in the playoffs

                          It all comes down to the glaring reality of whether or not the Rams have a realistic chance of making another Super Bowl. Its odd but its still too early to tell. Normally week 5 & 6 gives us a good road map where things are going. Week 5 in 2018, I knew the Rams were going to take the NFC-W based on how well the Rams where playing verse how well the rest of the division wasn't, the schedule where only some surprise injury(s) could upset the picture. For the most part it was obvious who was going to represent the NFC championship by week 6, again barring critical injuries.

                          Yet in 2019, too many questions remain. My instincts say Packers or Vikings will emerge as NFC champions. Its sad that McVay didn't or couldn't keep the Rams as serious contenders. Seriously week 2 of preseason was troubling because there just didn't seem the depth of talent or the passion from the new hopefuls and a sad showing of the Rams OL just took my desire to want to watch the 2019 season unfold more painful.

                          At this stage, there will be fun game to watch but everything points that the Rams will miss the playoffs
                          And then the Pacs and Viks lose. This year is a crapshoot as the Niners are the closest thing to a “juggernaut” and that ain’t saying much. Injuries can effect any team at any time but you are 100% correct about the Rams depth but it’s moot if your starters aren’t producing. Anyone who has this current performing team hanging a L on the Ravens better re think that prediction. If the Rams play at the same level in the second half 2-6 is more likely than 6-2.

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                          • 1980RAMS
                            Tough loss
                            by 1980RAMS
                            Everyone lost in our division and we couldn't capitalize. Very dis heartening. This team has a problem closing games. We could have gained a game on the hawks. But instead we are in the same boat we where yesterday.

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                          • renrawtruk
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                            And for us, that's 2-4 with a long uphill battle.

                            Revisiting our potential to get back in the mix at this point:

                            In the NFL, it's not a sprint, but it's also not a marathon like baseball (must be a 10k?) and you can't win just 2 out of your first 6 games and put the kind of pressure on the back half of your season to have to go 7-3 in the next 10 games just to get to 9-7 and see where you stand in the wild card race.

                            AZ Cardinals have a tougher stretch on the back side, so no guarantee they run completely away with the division, but more than likely requires the niiiiners and hawks to beat them, which is a catch 22, so we have dug a pretty big hole. Probably best if all our division rivals split with each other, and we win all those remaining division games and hope to catch the cardinals by the end of the year. (their last 3 games are @STL, SEA, @S.F.)

                            Not impossible. I guess one game at a time and try to get to 4-4, or 5-5. That would put us somewhere in the mix. Even 6-6 might not be too far down the road to be at .500, but looks like the NFC is a little stronger than the AFC, so probably will be some decent records for the Wild Card teams this year in the NFC.

                            Also helps to note that we already had a bye, and we can still win that extra game to make some ground up while others take a bye. The pieces are starting to come together, hopefully not too little too late.

                            Now feel required to add my pet peeves of this season:

                            If I see one more useless fake end around 7 times a game just to actually give Tavon the ball on one of those times for no gain I am going to shoot every person I can find in the phone book with the last name Schottenheimer.... still no clue how to use this type of player.

                            Also, it is clear whatever genius our coach has it is not the "adjust your game plan in the second half to account for what the other team is doing", ala Belichick. It is clearly more of a "come up with one game plan and stick to it" ignorance, ala Jeff Fisher. (soon to be more famously known for this). Trick plays were great and all, but how about we not give up 14 point leads every game. Additionally hurting our second half chances is the fact that Schottenheimer only has enough plays for the first 3 drives of the game.

                            OK, had to get those out, still hoping for the best, preparing for the worst.

                            GO RAMS!
                            -10-20-2014, 10:15 PM
                          • Rambos
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                            by Rambos
                            OK I know this is a long shot but if we are going to keep the dream alive in 2012 we have to win this game Sunday. IF we win, here are some positive things that have not happened in years.


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                            We are at .500 at the halfway point
                            We will get back our O line back after the bye week, for the first time since game one we will line up Well and Saffold.
                            Amendola will be back soon
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                            Our TEAM is as healthy as I have seen it this far into the season in YEARS.
                            Givens is really coming into his own the last four games, he has arrived. He really did not have an impact the first three games.
                            AZ is 4-3 and the Whiners are 5-2 one will lose this week for sure.(they play each other)
                            We will have two weeks to get ready for the Whiners.

                            This is a big game come Sunday lets find a way to win going into the bye!
                            -10-24-2012, 09:33 AM
                          • StRams
                            The Way I see it...
                            by StRams
                            we can only afford to lose two more games.

                            Even at 10-6 its going to be tough to sneak into the playoffs the way the NFC east is playing. Its also interesting that that is the division were up against this year. We also better hope New York wins that division.

                            Its amazing that were not even half way through the season yet, and were already in a must win situation...wow, it snuck up on me!

                            The games against Philly,Redskins and Dallas are super important because of tie breakers down the road.

                            What are your guy's take on this? I just cant see us getting in at 9-7 unless seattle completely implodes and we take the division.
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                          • Nick
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                            We've heard a lot about coaching problems over the last four weeks, and clearly there are issues that can be pointed to and questioned. Pass/run ratio decisions, going for it on fourth down, kicking a long field goal, conservative playcalling, playing an ineffective injured quarterback, not playing to the strength of our roster, halftime adjustments. There is definitely a list of concerning issues that I've seen through four games, many of which played significant roles in the result we see on the scoreboard.

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