3 reasons Los Angeles Rams losing to New Orleans Saints Week 9 will pay off in long run
2. Rams no longer have to deal with pressure of being perfect
As exciting as it is to be the lone remaining team in the NFL with a perfect record, it also brings a different kind of level of pressure that deep down nobody wants to deal with. For Los Angeles, the team has been playing every week with targets on their back since each of their opponents wanted nothing more than to hand the team their first loss of 2018, which New Orleans did on Sunday.
The good news for the Rams is despite how frustrating this outcome was to see, at least they no longer have to worry about the unnecessary pressure the team was dealing with on a weekly basis. At the end of the day, it’s better to see Los Angeles suffer a loss now instead of down the road in January when things matter the most in the playoffs.
Yes, it would have been great to see the Rams continue to flirt with NFL history to join the Miami Dolphins by going perfect, but deep down the most important factor is winning the Super Bowl, even if they suffer a few losses in the regular season along the way. Now that Los Angeles no longer has to worry about when that first loss will come, maybe this will motivate them to elevate their game even more the rest of the way before the real action starts come January.