The Rams need this win more
Win or lose, the Buffalo Bills will emerge as the leader of the AFC East. That is due to the fact that the Bills are sitting at 2-0, while the rest of the division is already at one loss. In fact, if the New England Patriots lose to the visiting Las Vegas Raiders, all AFC East teams (save the Bills) will be at least at two losses at the conclusion of week three.
The LA Rams are in the NFL’s toughest division, and among four teams, there is only one loss. That loss was suffered by the San Francisco 49ers at the hands of division rival Arizona Cardinals. That means the NFC West is 7-1 after just two weeks of football. That’s a lot of winning in one NFL division. No other NFL division comes close.
Keeping up with the Joneses
So the need to “keep pace” falls squarely upon the LA Rams in this one. While that is not to say that the Buffalo Bills do not want to win, it merely means that should the Bills lose, so what? They will remain atop the AFC East and in the driver’s seat for any formula to designate playoff teams.
The Rams can be fairly certain that at least two if not all three NFC West rivals are on track for a win this week. The Seahawks host the sputtering 1-1 Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers visit the 0-2 New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals visit the 1-1 Cleveland Browns. By the time that week four rolls around. the Rams will need to win, because a 2-1 record may only be good enough for the basement of the NFC West.