The Rams came off of their bye this week and for the second straight game the Rams blew out a team that had been labeled a contender before playing the Rams. With the win the Rams edged closer into the playoff before they head off to San Francisco, another contender fighting for a playoff spot. Here are the playoff standings headed into week 13.
1. Seahawks 10-1
2. Saints 9-2
3. Lions 6-5
4. Cowboys 6-5
5. Panthers 8-3
6. 49ers 7-4
7. Cardinals 7-4
8. Eagles 6-5
9. Bears 6-5
10. Packers 5-5-1
11. Rams 5-6
12. Giants 4-7
Go and try espn.com’s playoff machine and play out your scenarios. I gave the Rams the benefit of the doubt finishing 9-7, but unfortunately the Packers tie and Rams loss to the Cowboys earlier in the season could come back to haunt them.
You have to look back at the Rams losses to the Falcons, Titans, and Seahawks and wish they had those games back.
Here are three games to keep an eye on this week:
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Best case scenario for the Rams is that the Lions beat the Packers and run away with the NFC north. The more the Packers lose, the better for the Rams.
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
The Rams need the Vikings to win this one and give the Bears a bad loss. Bears defense hasn’t looked good recently and Adrian Peterson could have a good day, let’s see if the Vikings can help the Rams out and get a victory.
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
This game has playoffs written all over it. If the Cardinals win, it looks like they could run away with that final playoff spot, if the Eagles win, the Rams would get a chance to move ahead of the Cardinals next week if they can beat the 49ers.
The Rams’ chances of making the playoffs are slim, but here at Ramblin’ Fan we are holding out hope until the Rams are mathematically out of the playoff race. The Rams have heated two good teams the in the past three weeks and will get another in the 49ers coming up.