Rams have the toughest remaining schedule

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As the Los Angeles Rams enter the last seven games of the season, they face the toughest schedule of any playoff contender.  Can they keep their hot streak going?

After nine games, the Los Angeles Rams sit at 7-2. They have exceeded almost everyone’s expectations and turned the page on over a decade of losing. The success has been great, and it has included beating some respectable teams (like the Jaguars and Cowboys), as well as “taking care of business” against lesser competition (like the Giants, Cardinals, and Colts).

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However, the remaining seven games may not be as positive. According to ESPN’s Aaron Schatz, The Rams have the toughest remaining schedule of all playoff contenders. Here is what the Rams are looking at in the second half:

So what should Rams fans expect?

A few thoughts.

First, the Rams seem to be getting better. This is exactly what you want from a young team: weekly improvement. If things go the way we hope, the Rams have grown enough to peak at just the right time to keep winning and make some noise in the playoffs.

Second, good teams don’t shy away from other good teams. In the playoffs everyone is good. If the Rams are a good team, they need to be able to show up and beat good teams.

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Third, the Rams have shown me enough this year—on offense, defense, and special teams—that I think they can give anyone a game. I wish we could have that Seattle game back (the one where we turned the ball over five times and still only lost by six and had a chance to win at the end). I wish we could have another shot at Washington (where we allowed 167 rushing yards in the first half and still only lost by a touchdown). Both of these games might turn out differently if we played them now.

The Rams are good, friends. We should not be scared to face good teams.  Bring on the Vikings.