LA Rams are not the only disappointing NFC team in 2022

Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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While the LA Rams may be the biggest headliner for plunging from the lofty heights of the NFC in just one season, the Rams are not the only story this year. The Rams share this dubious deflation with two other NFC powerhouses from 2021: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) and the Green Bay Packers (4-8).

In fact, if you compare those three teams to their 2021 performance, you find that it’s the Packers (-4) who have already lost significantly more games this year from their final record in 2021 than either the Rams (-3) or the Bucs (-2). Of course, the season has plenty of games remaining on the schedule. And curiously, despite the demise of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bucs remain atop the NFC South Division, the only NFL Division to date that does not boast a single team at or over the .500 mark.

So the LA Rams are not the only NFC Playoffs team to struggle this year. In fact, they are not the biggest plummeting team in the NFC. They do make the headlines this year, as they are the defending Super Bowl Champions.

In terms of the rest of this season, the Packers could win two more games this year, as they have games with the Chicago Bears and the LA Rams remaining on their schedule. That would mean that they end the season at 6-11. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have one more win as they will face the Atlanta Falcons for a rematch this season. That would create a final record of 6-11 for the Buccaneers as well.

The LA Rams play six more games, and in all honesty, do not have a game remaining where this team has better than even odds of winning.

Curiously, with the synchronized drop of success for all three teams, there is an ever-growing chance that the Rams will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers next season. Right now, the Packers cling to a one-game lead over the Chicago Bears for last place in the NFC North Division. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaders of the NFC South Division, are clinging to a 1.5-game lead over the New Orleans Saints for last place.

So the Rams are not alone this year in the great fall.  And if the dominoes all fall the right way, the Rams will face both the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023.

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