Is This Week Against The Cowboys A "Must-Win" Game?

This week the St. Louis Rams will be traveling to Dallas to face the Cowboys. Both teams are 1-1 and are hoping to be in the playoff hunt when December comes around. With both teams set to play each other this week, you have to wonder if this is a must-win game.

It is only week 3 and there arent many must win game this early on in the season as there will still be a lot of football to be played after this game.  However, if there ever was a week three must win game, this would definitely be it. Every year at the end of the season, there is always that team that missed the playoffs because they lost an important game early in the year, this could be one of those game. Both teams are considered playoff contenders and both are in the NFC where playoff spots are hard to come by. This game could be the difference of playing beyond week 17 or sitting home and watching the playoffs on the couch.

After the Cowboys this week, the Rams then have to play the 49ers on a short week. Now I am definitely not going to count the Rams out against San Francisco, but that doesnt mean it’s not going to be a very difficult task. The 49ers are still one of the league’s best. If the Rams lose to the Cowboys, going 1-3 could be a possibility, and if that happens the Rams can almost kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. The outcome of this game in Dallas could be the difference of going 2-2 or 1-3.

This one game definitely has the potential to shape the Rams season. The Rams have struggled playing on the road, but hopefully the experience of playing on the road last week will help the Rams’ young players. In the past, Tony Romo and the Cowboys have had their success against St. Louis, but then again which team hasn’t. The Rams have a good thing going in St. Louis and in order to keep it going and not have to dig out of a hole, they must win in Dallas this Sunday.






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  • BradAustin

    It’s a must-win for both of our teams. You all need it because the NFC Wildcard chase will be a tough race to win one of the spots. The loser of SF/Sea battle will win one WC spot. So there is really only one spot up for grabs between lot of good teams. Loser of Chic/GB, loser of Atl/NO, loser of NFC East title race will be there by season’s end (my guess is NYG will bounce back).

    Neither Dallas or SL can afford to fall back in that race. But Rams have it tougher with one NFC loss already, and almost a forfeit of the division race by needing 11 or 12 wins to get there. Dallas can stay in their division race with 9 or 10 wins.

    But most of all, I think it is a must-win to get the fans of each team to believe again. To show that our team has turned the corner at least to a very competitive extent and that there is real reason to be excited. Dropping to 1-2 with 2 consecutive losses would show either fanbase that it’s same old same old with our teams. Good talent, not enough willpower and intangibles.

    Definitely a must-win for both, IMHO.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Could not agree with you any more. You make some solid points. This game is going to be exciting and this came could shape each team’s season. It’s kind of strange calling this a must win game and it’s only week 3. A shame this game wasnt scheduled later on in the season when playoffs are on the line.

  • ctcowboy1968

    I agree with Brad. This a must win for both teams. Probably only one team making the playoffs from the NFC East. Dallas has to win the division. They missed a great opportunity to get a win up on everyone last week. As always, the schedule is tougher on the back end.
    In addition, this a home game. Dallas has to take charge of their home turf.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I agree with your points as well, I could not agree more. Except for the point you made where Dallas has to take charge of their home turf ;) Rams have to win on the road if they want to make a run at the playoffs this year.