In the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, playoff scenarios can get awfully convoluted for those teams that don’t control their own destiny. The St. Louis Rams’ playoff hopes are dependent upon a number of different things happening over the coming two weeks, but each of those necessities is certainly plausible. Here is just what it would take for the Rams to pull off a Christmas miracle of their own and make the postseason in year one under Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
First things first, the Rams clearly need two wins to close out the year if they want to make the postseason. Let’s look at just what must occur in the upcoming week if they want to remain alive.
Rams defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints take down Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans knock off the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals stun the Chicago Bears, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants.
Phew. And that was just one week! Now even if all of that takes place, here is what the Rams would need to see in the season’s final stanza to make the playoffs.
Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles defeat Giants, Green Bay Packers take down the Vikings, Washington Redskins tackle the Cowboys, and last but not least, the Detroit Lions shock the Bears.
All in all, the only way for the Rams to survive and play in January is if the Atlanta Falcons, Redskins, Packers, and Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers are division champs. That would leave two teams from the NFC West (one of which would be the Rams) as the two wild card participants.
Granted, the idea that each of these outcomes will fall the Rams’ way over the coming two weeks is a long shot for sure, but the Rams are in no way eliminated. Given the fight that the team has shown all season long and the attitude of their head coach, don’t expect to see any quit in these Rams as the regular season comes to a close.
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