5 reasons why LA Rams could get hot in the NFL Playoffs

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The LA Rams enter the NFL playoffs as a lowly sixth-seed. Take heart, as here are five reasons why the team can get red hot

The LA Rams finished the 2020 NFL season with a record of 10-6. As a result, the team will compete in the NFL Playoffs and has earned the sixth seed in the NFC playoff track.  That will no doubt mean a four-game gauntlet for this team, and the first three contests almost certainly a road game.  It will also likely mean that these Rams will be the underdogs each of the next four games they play if they make it that far.

But there is more than just blind faith buoying optimism for the LA Rams in the playoffs. This is not a Rams team that beat up on bad teams, only to be slaughtered by the best in NFL.  The LA Rams held their own in the very competitive NFC West, ending the year at 3-3 in the division. The Rams were also 9-3 in the NFC Conference. The team was 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road.

Rams can beat good teams

The Rams defeated the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. And the Rams played toe-to-toe with the AFC’s second-seeded Buffalo Bills. For the season, the Rams finished 4-3 against playoff teams. In fact, it was the two losses to the LA Rams that kept the Arizona Cardinals out of the playoffs this season.

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The Rams never lost by more than 11 points this season.  And their record against the NFC Playoff teams that the Rams have faced is 4-1. So it’s no pipe-dream to believe that this team can win and advance this weekend, and each subsequent weekend.  Not all paths to the playoffs have been equal.  In fact, per ESPN, the LA Rams have had the toughest schedule of all NFC playoff teams, and have the greatest strength of victory as well.  While that’s great trivia, how does it help the Rams advance? It doesn’t. But these five factors can and will prove to be the difference.