By Nick Villano @nick_villano on May 4, 2014
The St. Louis Rams played spoiler in 2013, beating some of the best teams in the NFL. hey lost their starting quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 7 and finished the season with Kellen Clemens holding down the fort. They have two of the top 13 picks in the upcoming draft (including No. 2 overall). They can really stock up and become contenders with the young talent they have accumulated. Here is how they will do in every game.
The Rams start off the season with the Vikings. They have a ton of questions marks coming into the season, including who is going to play QB. The Rams will take advantage of that and start the season out with a win. The inconsistency of the Viking offense will lead to a decisive win in Week 1.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are another team that has dealt with a lot of changes this offseason. They have a new coach in Lovie Smith and a new quarterback in Josh McCown. The Bucs come in with too many question marks to beat a team that's led by Jeff Fisher. The Rams start the season 2-0.
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are always at their scariest when they are playing in September. Unfortunately, the Rams couldn't have drawn them in December. For some reason, every time these two teams play it always seems like a mismatch. The Cowboys will end the Rams' bid for an undefeated season very early.
There is no way to tell what the Philadelphia Eagles will be this season. Last year they were a force to be reckoned with behind Nick Foles. This season, with the release of DeSean Jackson, they could end up in last place in the NFC East. That is how fringe this team can be. They can also be a contender in the NFC. I see the Rams dropping this game in a hostile stadium.
The Rams have their first nationally televised game when they take on the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. They look to upset one of the favorites in the conference after the 49ers owned this matchup last season. I don't see that changing in 2014. The Rams will keep it close, but a late interception will seal their fate.
The Super Bowl Champs have their first head-to-head meeting with the Rams in Week 7. After an emotional MNF loss, the Rams start flat against Russell Wilson and the Hawks. The Rams come out firing in the third quarter, but they are put away in the fourth.
Arrowhead Stadium is one of the hardest places to play in throughout the NFL. The Rams are used to playing in loud stadiums (see CenturyLink Field) which will help them in this matchup I see a drop off in the Chiefs in 2014. I think the Rams win a close one where they score in the final two minutes to take the win.
The Rams kept it close on Monday Night Football just three weeks prior, but they'll have trouble keeping up with the Niners in this one. They take an early lead, but three total touchdowns by Colin Kaepernick in the second and third quarter seal their fate. This ends up being a blowout.
The Arizona Cardinals and the Rams always go back and forth during the season. I think that the Rams can go into Glendale and win. They will get on Carson Palmer early, and hold on to win. Unfortunately, this is where we see the annual Sam Bradford injury. He will hold the ball too long with the great Arizona secondary and he will leave this game early.
The Rams lose their starting quarterback right in time to take on Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Broncos. This will not be close as the Rams get slaughtered by a far superior team.
The Rams are a team that seems to love being under the radar. With them being 4-6 and without their starting QB, they won't have many talking about them. That is until they upset the Chargers in Qualcomm Stadium. The teams will go back and forth, but a late punt return by Tavon Austin will motivate the Rams to a big win.
The Oakland Raiders think that Matt Schaub is the key to their turnaround, but they are wrong. They didn't take advantage of their massive cap space this offseason, and now they are in the same spot they have been in for years. This will be another losing game for the Raiders.
This is the first time the Rams get to see what they could have had in RGIII. He will be fully healthy at this point, and his relationship with Jackson will be great as well. The Rams' defense is sneaky good, but this Redskins offense will be too good to handle.
Both pf these teams are in the thick of the Wild Card chase at this point in the season. The Cards will make up for an earlier season loss by stealing one in the Edward Jones Dome. They take it on a last second field goal to send the crowd home sad.
Historically, the New York Giants don't play to their potential in December. Besides last season when they went 3-2, they usually back themselves into the playoffs before getting hot. This year will be no different. The Rams will end up winning the game on a late Eli Manning interception.
The Seahawks will have the NFC West won by this point, and they are still too good to be messed with. With that said, they will lose this game because they are going to start the backups in Week 17. The Rams get a gift of a win.
Final Record: 8-8 miss the playoffs
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