Last time we threw up a “cheering guide” every team on the list lost, including the Blue and Gold, who ended up taking a beating at the hands of the New York Jets. This week, the St. Louis Rams will play the “tiebreaker” game against the San Francisco 49ers, who will likely give Colin Kaepernick another shot at slaying the ’9ers’ divisional opponent. The top team on the guide for this week is, of course, the St. Louis Rams. However, for those that are still grasping onto the hope that the Gateway team can snag that last wildcard spot, there are a few more teams you should throw your support behind, at least for this week. If you didn’t get a chance to read the breakdown of the St. Louis Rams playoff chances, you can check it out here:
1. Chicago Bears: The Chicago Bears take on the Seattle Seahawks, who will be traveling to Soldier Field. The Seahawks are one of the three teams in the NFC that are two games ahead of the Rams in the Wild Card hunt. The ‘Hawks have been putrid on the road this season, and Jay Cutler looked spectacular in his return from a concussion last week.
2. New York Giants: Monday Night Football will be a platform for a solid NFC East showdown between the Giant and the NFL-darling, Washington Redskins. Much like the Bears, the Giants should have their division on lock-down, barring some catastrophic failure in December. The Redskins, however, are one game ahead of the Rams in the standings, meaning that a St. Louis win and a Washington loss would catapult the “good guys” ahead in the hunt for that last Wild Card spot in the NFC. Plus, no one in Rams Nation wants to hear any more about how amazing RGIII is…
3. Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers: These two team share a number of things in common, 1) they have one-time MVP quarterbacks leading their team and 2) they are playing teams that are two games up on the St. Louis Rams in the NFC. The Broncos have sealed up the AFC West, leading the second-place Chargers by four games, however, they could still challenge the Texans for the top spot in the AFC. The Packers would love to surpass the Bears get out of the first Wild Card slot. By those teams beating the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and assuming the Seahawks lose, the St. Louis Rams would be only one game back on a couple of teams from making the playoffs.
4. Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles: Fans might want to cheer for the Eagles out of pure pity, especially considering they will play without their top wide receiver, quarterback, and defensive end, not to mention to injuries sustained at the beginning of the season. However, an Eagles win over the Dallas Cowboys could bump the St. Louis Rams ahead of them in the ranking, assuming a win against the 49ers. The same is true if the Atlanta Falcons beat up on the New Orleans Saints, who are one game ahead of the Rams after going on a five game winning streak. Matt Ryan shouldn’t have trouble carving up the porous New Orleans’ secondary, and the Falcons defensive is nothing to scoff at either. Two wins here and another from by the New York Giants would move the Rams within three slots of making the playoffs, with four more games left in the season.