St. Louis Rams 2015 regular season final prediction

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Oct 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes (95) fires up the crowd during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. San Francisco defeated St. Louis 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally here! Football is back. With a full slate of games set to begin tonight with a matchup of an offensive juggernaut in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the defending Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots we jump head first into the 2015 regular season.

The St. Louis Rams will begin the regular season at home with a matchup against the division rival, and participant in last season’s Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks. The game is scheduled for a 1:00pm ET stat on Sunday, and we’ll have more on that as the weekend nears, but for now we preview all 16 games in short order with our predictions.

Week 1: Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are always a tough out. A very strong defense seems to bully their way through the league year in and year out. However, their suspect offensive line will be easy pickings for the St. Louis defensive front as they get to quarterback Russell Wilson multiple times and force uncharacteristic turnovers for the usually composed play caller. After all said and done, Seattle goes kicking and screaming into the night as the Rams pull this one out on a field goal from Greg Zuerlein in the fourth quarter. Rams 19 – Seahawks 16 Record: 1-0

Week 2: @ Washington Redskins

Washington is shaping up to be one of the worst teams in the league this year and are still without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. St. Louis makes the trek East and look to continue their fast start. Running back Tre Mason makes his return to the starting lineup to the tune of 75 yards and a touchdown. Another weak offensive line crumbles under the full court press put on by Robert Quinn and company as the defense records another three sacks. Rams 24 – Redskins 14 Record 2-0

Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis hits a bit of a snag this week as they come up against their first true test on defense. Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying an air raid offense finding his favorite target Antonio Brown early and often. Running back Le’Veon Bell is back from suspension and starting to hit his stride. However, the Rams have no trouble scoring on a surprisingly weak Steelers defense and this becomes a sprint to the finish. When all said and done the Rams can’t muster the offensive power and suffer their first loss of the year. Rams 21 – Steelers 34 Record 2-1

Week 4: @ Arizona Cardinals

Another division matchup early in the year for St. Louis. The Cardinals are looking to prove they are now the best in the West and have jumped out to an early 3-0 record with wins agains the Saints, Bears and Niners. The Rams once again meet a daunting defense, that’s just as aggressive as theirs. Rookie running back Todd Gurley makes his NFL debut in the desert, but leaves much to be desired as he fails to break 50 rushing yards on abbreviated playing time. Perhaps a little more time was necessary. Arizona stakes the early claim on the NFC West with a win and undefeated record.      Rams 17 – Cardinals 24 Record 2-2

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