For the St. Louis Rams, a 2-14 record a year ago provided plenty of proof for just how difficult the team’s schedule was in 2011. When all was said and done, the Rams’ opponents from last season had a combined record of 151-105. That was by far the most challenging slate of opponents for any team in the league.
This year is no cakewalk either as the Rams slate of games is ranked the fourth-toughest by ESPN. Now that rosters across the league have taken shape and more accurate prognostications can be made as to just which teams will do what in the upcoming year, the week-by-week breakdown of the Rams contests is no less daunting.
Being in the NFC West means that they have to face the San Francisco 49ers twice and travel to the Seattle Seahawks (the most difficult venue in the league). Add in the fact that the Rams face the NFC North division this year with the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions all looking like playoff contenders, and the schedule takes on an even more ominous appearance.
For their AFC division, the Rams again can’t buy a break as they will play the AFC East. That means the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills are all on the schedule and each of those clubs have postseason aspirations.
No matter how tough the Rams had it a year ago, this year doesn’t figure to provide much of a reprieve. The team will have to rely on improved personnel, way better coaching, and some motivated rookies to endure what figures to be a trying 2012.
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