Nov 10, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher watches from the sidelines during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Did The Rams' Bye Come At A Bad Time?


Nov 10, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher talks to his team during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Rams do not play today due to their bye week. Last week the Rams played probably their best overall game in years which lead to them defeating a pretty good Colts team 38-8.

You have to wonder if the Rams will lose that momentum after the bye week or if they will be able to build off of that win to try and make a playoff run. Did the Rams bye week come at a bad time?

The Colts game was probably the first game this season in which all three phases of the game, offense, defense, and special teams, were all playing well at the same time.

Kellen Clemens looked comfortable with the receivers, the defense was playing outstanding football, and Tavon Austin had his first breakout game. In a sense it would have been nice to carry that momentum into another game rather than have it broken up with a bye week.

On the other hand the bye week can only really do good for the Rams. Zac Stacy has been battling an ankle injury, the defense will get an extra week to prepare for an explosive Bears offense, and Clemens can get more comfortable with the young receivers.

The bye week can never really hurt you, and right now, having the bye week in week 11, could just help the Rams, sure it would have been nice to take the momentum from the Colts game into the next game without there being a two week gap, but the Rams have a tough road ahead and the bye week will help them get focused and get healthy.

Next week the Rams play the Bears at home, then they have to play at the 49ers, @ the Cardinals, home against the Saints, home against the Buccaneers, and then they finish the season on the road against the Seahawks.

Having the bye week right now will only help the Rams prepare for one of the hardest schedules remaining, but the Rams proved last week that they won’t just back down and allow a good team to overlook them, the Rams will make you beat them.

The Rams bye could not have came at more of a perfect time. All-time Jeff Fisher is 9-7-1 coming off a bye, 5-3 coming off a bye at home. The Rams are 4-6, but their season certainly is not over.

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  • Gary Stewart

    got to hand it to you blaine i enjoy your insight as a rams fan since well before you were born (i started watching the la rams as a 10 year old in 1963.) i tend to share most of your thoughts on this and many other topics re: the rams to add 2 small footnotes to your comment you used a broader brush with regards to the picture of kellen getting more used to the receivers for me to use a finer brush would be to say stedman now will have had 2 more weeks with kellen my guess is he was working with the backups and so kellen and stedman have had more reps and i have a feeling stedman is due for one of those breakout games like 4 catches for 60 yards and a td. doesnt sound like that much , but you gotta crawl before you can walk and walk b4 you can run bailey is crawling lets see him get to his feet. 2nd point an extra week for roger saffold at guard should be very helpful, would love to see him just decide to worry about the team and not next years pay check, although in the nfl with the business side getting in the way alot i guess i cant blame him but i really would like to see him resigned and solidifying the line for the next few years.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Thank you for the kind words, they mean a lot. I think Stedman could definitely get some more reps and make more of an impact as a receiver in these next 6 games. And as for Saffold i thinks its about 70-30 to him leaving next year. Im not sure the Rams will pay him what he wants, but we’ll just have to wait and see, but for now we have 6 games left Go Rams!