Just win in January
WEEK 17· Sun 01/03· 1:25 pm PT hosting Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
The LA Rams would like to have a nice buffer, but with the NFL Playoff BYE week on the line, the team does not rest the starters. Instead, the Rams host the Cardinals in the season finale. The game is incredibly close, as both teams continue to trade scores through the third quarter. Finally, the Rams defense gains the upper hand with momentum-changing turnovers late in the game, and hold on for the win.
In the season finale, the Rams offense looks tuned up. The team moves the chains and while the defense does not win many three-and-outs, they do step up on turnovers to seal the victory
Rams 42 Cardinals 28 (Rams 13-3 Cardinals 6-10)
The key to the Rams’ success this season falls in two three-game segments. The opening three games, where the Rams face the Cowboys, Eagles, and Bills, truly sets the stage for the entire season. The second critical three-game stretch happens after the Week nine BYE, as the Rams face the Seahawks, the Buccaneers, and the 49ers.
If the Rams go into a tailspin, it will be a 0-3 or 1-2 in both of these stretches. But the Rams played to a 9-7 season a year ago with a battered offensive line and a restocked defensive secondary. With the shortened training camp, the Rams should be able to get some early wins before some teams adjust to the new season.