How well can the LA Rams play the role of spoiler this year?

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While the LA Rams have only missed the NFL Playoffs once under the watch of head coach Sean McVay, they are almost certainly going to miss the mark this year as well.  That’s a bit disappointing. But from this point on to the end of the season, it will tell us quite a bit about the team, the players, and the coaches.

The LA Rams are not going to compete in the post-season. But now is the time to discover whether this team has the stuff to compete in 2023. To learn that, the Rams must embrace the role of spoiler.

At 3-7, there really are no sure wins for this team. But with seven games remaining on the schedule, are there any wins remaining?  Mathematically, the Rams’ season could end at a low water mark of 3-14. That would make the Rams’ second and third-round picks on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft quite valuable.

Of course, the Rams could end the season at 10-7, and combined with a host of miraculous outcomes of other games, still hold a power ball lottery’s chance of earning a playoff berth. But that is highly unlikely.

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What could happen is the Rams shocking and surprising a good time once or twice from now until the season’s end. A finish of 5-12 feels about right. So of the remaining schedule, who could fall victim to the LA Rams and the dreaded trap game? To figure the odds, I looked at the opponents ranking on offense, defense, net turnover rate, and any common opponents, and then applied a subjective factor based on what the game circumstances might be. Let’s take a look: