Ok, I know I’m a day late on this, but I have a very good excuse. For anyone who was in the St. Louis area last night, especially on the Illinois side, you are aware of the massive storm that blew through. We lost all power at our office at 9:00 p.m., and I sat there until the early morning hours waiting for it to come back on. No power, no internet, so no post. But the good news is, everything is back functioning, so we can pick it back up.
On to this miserable schedule. Ok, I guess the whole thing isn’t brutal, but the first half is. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here is the list:
Week 1 – vs Philadelphia; Week 2 – at New York Giants; Week 3 – vs Baltimore; Week 4 – vs Washington; Week 5 – BYE; Week 6 – at Green Bay; Week 7 – at Dallas; Week 8 – vs New Orleans; Week 9 – at Arizona; Week 10 – at Cleveland; Week 11 – vs Seattle; Week 12 – vs Arizona; Week 13 at San Francisco; Week 14 at Seattle; Week 15 vs Cincinnati; Week 16 – at Pittsburgh; Week 17 – vs San Francisco.
First, the good news. The Rams will be on Monday Night Football for the first time since 2006, and they will appear twice this season. The first will be Week 2 at New York against the Giants, and they will be one again in Week 14 at Seattle. It’s too bad that they won’t have a home game on MNF, but it’s nice that this exciting young squad is finally getting some national recognition.
Now, on to the bad news. The first eight weeks of this thing are going to be tough sledding. Week 5 against Washington is the only game that I can peg as one we should be favored. Other than that, the other six games could easily be losses. Realistically, if we could get out of those games at 3-4, I would be ecstatic. It’s far more likely that we are 2-5 or 1-6 at the midway point. There are plenty of winnable games after Week 8, but this season is really going to depend on the first 8 weeks. We will meet up with Pat Shurmur Week 10, which is neat, and could have a big one in the elements at Pitt in Week 16.I like being at home for the last week of the season in case we are still playing for something, but I just don’t know if we will still be in a race at that point. All of this assumes, of course, that we actually have a 2011 season. After looking at what’s on our plate, it might not be the worst thing in the world if the first few weeks would be lost to the lockout. That’s sarcasm, but still…
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