From Outhouse to Penthouse: Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams

By Anthony Blake
Jeff Fisher, Steven Jackson - St. Louis Rams
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This may have been enough to get you committed leading up to this past April’s NFL Draft, but is it possible that both the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams, two teams that won a combined four games in 2011, could both make the postseason in 2012?

While the dream looks very attainable for the Colts at the moment, don’t count the Rams out either. At 5-6-1, the Rams have plenty of hope for still making a late season push to the playoffs. Perhaps the best reason to believe if you are a Rams’ fan is the fact that the team really has a somewhat favorable schedule down the stretch. Here are the remaining games for St. Louis.

Week 14 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 17 @ Seattle Seahawks

Three of these four may be on the road, but three of the four are also against teams that the Rams need to overcome if they want to reach the postseason. The game at Tampa will be a warm weather contest that shouldn’t faze the Rams and this week at Buffalo, the weather looks relatively benign for mid-December.

Obviously the home game with Minnesota will be played in the friendly confines of the Edward Jones Dome, but the one date that looks ominous is the December 30th tilt in week 17 at Seattle. The Rams are all too familiar with how loud that stadium is and if the game has a lot on the line (and it likely will), the crowd could be even crazier than usual.

If there is one coach that you could have to lead a young team through this type of scenario however, Jeff Fisher would be very close to the top of that list. His steely demeanor will keep the young players on task and focused on a week to week basis rather than looking ahead at the big picture.

It may have been improbable at the end of the 2011 season, but now three-quarters of the way though the 2012 campaign, both the Colts and Rams have a legit shot at making the playoffs just one year removed from two-win seasons. The NFL really is a worst-to-first type of league, but for two teams to go from the top two overall draft picks to the playoffs in less than a calendar year is something never before seen in the modern day NFL.

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