Will fashion play a role in LA Rams Game 8 outcome?

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The LA Rams are not having much success so far this season. For every win on the schedule, there is at least one corresponding loss. For each touchdown pass thrown, there is at least one interception thrown. For every offensive lineman who started on the team’s 53-man roster, there has been as least one injured offensive lineman whose injury has forced the team to scramble once more to set up a new unit.

It feels as though the season is out of control. Or perhaps out of anyone’s control. And so, the popularity of superstitions grows. What is a superstition? Well, the definition of superstition is a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action, event, or practice based on such a belief.

One such superstition that has grown among the LA Rams fanbase is a belief that the LA Rams’ success can be influenced by the uniforms chosen to be worn in any particular game. This week’s color combination is Royal Blue Jersey paired with Bone White pants. So how well has that combination done in the past?

2020 uniform combinations

Bone / Bone   5-1
Royal / Sol       2-2
Royal / Bone   3-0
Royal / Royal   0-3
Bone / Royal   1-1
Bone / Sol       0-1

Totals             11 – 7

While Bone is clearly the most successful color of all the Rams uniforms in 2020, Royal jerseys have had their day too. . The LA Rams ended up with a record of 8-2 in Bone White and settled for 3-5 in any color combination without that color. But when focusing on the Royal jersey, the Rams played to a 5-5 draw in 2020. The Royal/Bone combination was undefeated at 3-0 in 2020.

2021 uniform combiinations

White / Sol       2-1
Bone / Royal    2-1
Bone / Bone     3-0
Royal / Royal    0-1
Royal / Sol         4-0
Royal / Bone     3-1
Bone / Sol          2-0
White / Royal    0-1

Totals                 16 – 5

In 2021, the Rams’ Royal Blue jersey and Bone White pants resulted in a very impressive 3-1 record. Was that due to the clothes worn? Well, there have been a number of books on the topic of dressing for success, and it involves the belief that if you want to succeed in a chosen career track, you dress the part of a successful person in that career.

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2022 Rams Uniform Tracker

Now for the 2022 uniforms. At Week 9, how have the LA Rams performed so far?

  • Week       Opponent           Jersey       Pants    Outcome
  1.      1             Bills                    White        Sol          L  10-31
  2.      2             Falcons              Bone         Sol          W 31-27
  3.      3             at Cardinals      Bone         Royal     W 20-12
  4.      4             at 49ers            White        Royal     L  24-9
  5.      5             Cowboys           White        Sol         L  22-10
  6.      6             Panthers           Royal         Sol         W  24-10
  7.      7             BYE
  8.      8             49ers                 Royal         Sol         L   31-14
  9.      9             at Buccaneers Royal         Bone     ???
  10.   10             Cardinals           Royal
  11.   11             at Saints            White
  12.   12             at Chiefs            White
  13.   13             Seahawks         Royal
  14.   14             Raiders              Royal
  15.   15             at Packers         White
  16.   16             Broncos             Royal
  17.   17             at Chargers       White
  18.   18             at Seahawks     White

If the LA Rams truly phase out their Bone White uniform, fashionable or not, it seems as though the team should buckle down for choppy waters ahead. The Rams jerseys for the remainder of the season are only Royal Blue or Throwback Classic White.

Thankfully, the Rams have not phased out bone pants just yet. And so, this week’s color palette has a successful history. But against what teams? To be more confident in this color combination, let’s revisit the Rams 2021 and 2022 schedules in the Royal / Bone combination:

2021 Week 7: vs Detroit Royal/Bone             W 28-19
2021 Week 13: vs. Jacksonville Royal/Bone W 37-7
2021 Week 15: vs. Seattle Royal/Bone          W 20-10
2021 Week 18: vs. San Fran Royal/Bone        L  27-24

The LA Rams were 3-1 in their Royal/Bone color combination in 2021 but never played in that combo on the road. Will the uniform make a difference? Well, if there is any substance in the theory that you must dress for success, then the Rams can check that box.

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