By Chad Quates @chadquates on April 27, 2014
The St. Louis Rams have not enjoyed a winning season since 2003, which is a really long time. However, they have shown signs of life over the previous few seasons, and are stockpiling young talent. The NFC West is a brutally tough division at the moment, but with two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, the Rams have the potential to improve quickly.
Here are five of the biggest games for the Rams on the 2014 schedule.
This will be the Rams' first matchup with the defending Super Bowl champions in 2014. The Seattle Seahawks are still the class of a very tough NFC West, and will provide a nice measuring stick for the Rams as they try to ascend in the division. The Rams had Seattle beat at home last season before letting it slip away.
While this is an out-of-conference game, hosting the defending AFC champions should prove to be an interesting matchup. At this point in the season, the Rams should have a good idea of where they stand record-wise, but will have the opportunity to see how they stack up against an elite team.
The San Francisco 49ers visit St. Louis on a Monday night in what will be the first division game of the season for the Rams. This prime time matchup will provide a national stage for the Rams, who could be in good shape at this point in the season due to a friendly early schedule. If the Rams are going to make some noise, it will be important to win division games, particularly at home.
This Thursday night matchup against the Arizona Cardinals at home presents another chance for the Rams to show the country how much they have improved. It is also a division game, and if the Rams are still in the playoff hunt, they will probably need to win this game much more than the Cardinals.
It may be wishful thinking to believe the Rams will actually have a shot at the playoffs in the final game of the season. The strength of the NFC West makes this scenario unlikely, but if they are still alive, the Rams will need to win in arguably the most difficult road venue in the league. Depending on how the season plays out, the Seahawks will probably have everything locked up, but the Rams will be in a different position.
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