Over the course of the final three weeks in the NFL season, the St. Louis Rams will be fighting for a playoff berth. No one outside of their locker room would have thought that to be possible coming into the season and even as recently as three weeks ago when the team sat at just 3-6-1. Now at 6-6-1, the Rams hold their postseason dreams in their own hands over the final three weekends in December and that could prove to be a huge stepping stone for them as a franchise.
Teams always want to be able to control their own destiny when it comes to making the postseason and for the Rams, the next three weeks will feature exactly that opportunity. The Rams face the 7-6 Minnesota Vikings in week 15 before traveling to the 6-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16 and to their division rivals in the 8-5 Seattle Seahawks in the season’s final week.
With wins, the Rams would finish with nine victories, but one loss fewer than any other nine-win team due to their tie against the San Francisco 49ers in week 10. And while a few losses down the stretch would prevent them from making the postseason, at six wins already in 2012, the argument can be made that the team has already won the ultimate prize this season. Head Coach Jeff Fisher has officially changed the culture in St. Louis in less than a year from a graveyard of players and head coaches to the youngest team in the league with a chip on its shoulder.
The transformation with the Rams has been all about belief and a sense of self-confidence that what the team is striving for in practice everyday is going to pay off. It’s clear to see that assurance late in games where the Rams have been comeback kings in recent weeks.
It may be cliche, but the idea of taking baby-steps when it comes to molding a franchise is true and this Rams club has done just that. While they unquestionably want to make a push for the postseason with control of their destiny in their own hands, there’s no doubt that this team is much improved looking to the future regardless of a playoff berth or not. Don’t discount their chances however; the cardiac Rams have plenty of fight left in 2012.
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