Rams to face 3 Super Bowl contenders in next four weeks

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The Los Angeles Rams begin a series of games that will likely define how 2017 may ultimately wind up.

Over the next four weeks, the Los Angeles Rams will face three Super Bowl contenders; one on the road in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, and two games at the Coliseum with one featuring New Orleans Sunday November 26, and maybe the best team in the NFL, when they play the Eagles in Week 14.

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This Sunday, the Rams get NFC North leader, and an equally trendy team in the Vikings, with quarterback Case Keenum, the former starter in Los Angeles who was ultimately displaced by top overall pick Jared Goff.

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Week 12 has another Super Bowl quarterback the Rams defense will face in Drew Brees, who has the Saints poised for another playoff run, and is quickly becoming a pick for a Super Bowl return, maybe closing out the Brees era in the Big Easy. New Orleans, like Los Angeles, looks to be firing on all cylinders.

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On December 10, the second overall pick after Goff brings his Philadelphia Eagles into the Coliseum for what might be a Sunday Night prime time matchup. Carson Wentz, who has his team at 8-1 exiting their bye week, will face what many think is the third best team in the NFC in the Rams.

All this mind you, before Los Angeles has games at Seattle, home for another possible playoff team in the Titans, and a rematch with NFC West foe, San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.

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Of the last seven games on the Rams schedule, Arizona and the 49ers look to be the two locks you’d circle on your schedule. One of those games, the Cardinals in Week 13, might be a classic trap game in Glendale, as it follows the home date with New Orleans, and the week before the Eagles game.

LA is staring down the type of gauntlet that can make or break a playoff contender.

Through nine games, the Los Angeles Rams have shown to be a team capable of beating the teams they should. To be better than that, they’ll need to beat the teams that are at the very least, their equal.

That’s what a would be Super Bowl contender does.