The Los Angeles Rams open the 2017 campaign with four games that will say a lot about this team early on.
The Los Angeles Rams will find out a lot about themselves early in the 2017 NFL season. The team will face both Indianapolis (9/10) and Washington (9/17) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to kick things off, before heading out on the road for consecutive games at San Frnacisco (9/21) and Dallas (10/1). Of special note, the 49ers game in Santa Clara is a Thursday night games.
A quick review of how the first quarter may go for the Rams is to identify games that appear winnable at first glance. And at first blush, the Niners may be one of this team’s first shot at an early season win.
San Francisco comes three games into what looks like a challenging schedule for a young team and first year head coach Sean McVay.
Bear in mind that the Thursday night matchup comes after a home game against the Redskins, and serves as a precursor to the road trip at Dallas to face a solid Cowboys’ team.
So, is the start to season two in Los Angeles shaping up to be 0-4, 1-3, or a more logical 2-2?
One thing we saw early on last season, was how well the Rams played in going 3-1 to start 2016. After getting drubbed in their Monday Night opener against the 49ers, they beat the Seahawks at home, and won road games at Tampa and at Arizona, all while playing some pretty bad offense, except for the game against the Buccaneers.
Does that mean this Rams team has another 3-1 start in them?
If I were a betting man, which I am, I’d be much more intrigued by a 3-1 start than either a 2-2 or 1-3 record to open the season in Los Angeles. I say that because I like the Rams early on with a new head coach against a schedule whose opponents aren’t quite sure what the team may be.
Just know that will catch up with them as the season wears on.
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Bottom line, I like the Rams early in 2017. Not 4-0 like, but certainly 2-2, which for me, I believe is a good bet.
Looking at the rest of the schedule, a .500 start to the first quarter of the season in Los Angeles may be an indication of where this team just may finish their year.