With the Atlanta Falcons earning the win on the road against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11, the Los Angeles Rams remain on top of the NFC West.
Losing on the road to the Minnesota Vikings was a crushing blow for the Los Angeles Rams was a crushing blow for Sean McVay‘s squad when considering how well they had been playing up to that point. To top it off, the loss by the Rams put the team in a tough position since the Seattle Seahawks could move back into first place in the NFC West with a win on Monday night, but luckily it was the Atlanta Falcons that helped come through for McVay and company when needed the most.
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Not only did Atlanta help themselves by moving in to the final Wild Card spot in the NFC at the moment, but their win over Seattle means Los Angeles currently still has a one-game lead in the NFC West over their division rivals. Thanks to the Seahawks having the advantage with the head-to-head tiebreaker for now, the Rams would have been looking at a Wild Card spot for now if it wasn’t for the Falcons, so this turned out to be quite the nice surprise at the end of Week 11.
Yes, Los Angeles still has a second meeting with Seattle scheduled for Week 15, but it’s always better to be playing from ahead than behind. By hanging on to a one-game lead heading into their Week 12 meeting against one of the hottest teams in the NFL at the moment in the New Orleans Saints, the Rams will now have the opportunity for redemption mode since it’s almost like the team has received another surprise chance to keep that division lead over the Seahawks.
With that being said, this will all be easier said than done for Los Angeles at least on the offensive side of the football now that Robert Woods is expected to miss a couple of weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in the fourth quarter against Minnesota. But at least when looking at some of the weapons Jared Goff has to work with on offense, there are plenty of other players who are capable of stepping it up in the passing game to help make up for Woods’ absence.