The Los Angeles Rams have an opportunity to do two things on Thursday night:
1-Put themselves in position to get to the quarter pole of the season with a record of 2-2, knowing the chances of winning in Dallas are slim.
2- Keep pace with Seattle in the NFC West.
Now, I am not discounting the chances of Los Angeles losing in San Francisco and finding a way to win in Dallas, or the other way around. But as I’ve written, the 49ers are a team the Rams should beat.
The Cowboys are a different story, but that’s next week.
LA at 2-1 heading to Dallas has a much different look and feel than a team who is 1-2. For the Rams, they’d like to not give the perception that week 1 was a fluke, because it wasn’t. But they did squander an opportunity to win against a beatable Washington Redskins team.
Thursday in San Francisco is an opportunity to correct a bad performance on defense, get a needed first road win for Goff and McVay, and prove they can win the games they should.
Over the course of 16 games in 17 weeks, it’s hard to ignore the “must win” game unless you’ve locked up a playoff appearance and home field advantage. But for the Los Angeles Rams fans to even conceive getting to such nirvana, you win these kinds of games against these kinds of opponents.
They’ll get their chance Thursday night.