Overreaction I: Rams will not make the playoffs this year
If it’s too soon to talk about the LA Rams making the playoffs, then it’s most certainly too soon to talk about the LA Rams not making the playoffs. After one game, the Rams are not eliminated from the playoffs any more than the Buffalo Bills have earned a BYE in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
Yes, the LA Rams’ plans to get to the playoffs suffered a tiny setback, but the road to the postseason is paved with durability, overcoming adversity, and finally, heroism. After all, the Rams fell to a record of 7-4 last season, losing three consecutive games, before altering their game plan, committing to the run, and reigniting the team in a five-game winning streak.
Fortunes change quickly in the NFL
Some teams sprint very well. The Arizona Cardinals have appeared almost unbeatable in the first half of the season in the past two years. But playing a long season takes its toll, and that team slumps in the second half to the point of falling right off the NFL radar.
Clearly what the LA Rams put on the football field in Week 1 will struggle. But the team has 10 frantic days of rethinking, reconfiguring, retraining, and replaying their game before facing the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
I believe that the LA Rams will be ready. There were plenty of positives to build upon from that Week 1 game not to show up prepared to win in Week 2, a point we’ll be making with our next article.
We all wanted NFL football to return, and it has. Now we must keep one foot on the ground as the team and coaching staff emphasize the positives and rectify the negatives. It’s easy to support a Super Bowl winner. Now is when fans show their own bit of fortitude. The Rams have every opportunity to turn this thing around.
I, for one, believe that they will.