8 Rams players who could shine in Week 18, and into 2023

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If you wanted an extra bonus under your Christmas tree this past holiday season, the LA Rams certainly did their part to deliver one. While not everyone was impressed, there was no doubt who was the better team in SoFi Stadium on Christmas.  The LA Rams dismantled the Denver Broncos in such a dominating fashion that it cost then Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett his job.

While it may have seemed to be too much too little too late, that game did improve the Rams to five wins and ten losses. It also showed a spark of life in the Rams, among the players who had tried all season to turn things around.

But it’s now 2023, a time when we try to fool ourselves that we will ‘do better’ instantly, by creating a set of New Year’s resolutions that are easy to narrate, but far too difficult to perform. The LA Rams are no better than 5-11, and the season is over for the Rams organization at the sound of the final gun in their Week 18 matchup against the playoff-hopeful Seattle Seahawks.

Rams players have plenty to play for

But win or lose, the Rams immediately pivot to focus on the 2023 NFL season. But how will that impact players?

Right now, there are many games that have greater than one game’s worth of say-so in the NFL. Those impacts include which teams do or do not compete in postseason competition when those play and against whom, and even down to the part about home-field advantage, or traveling to the site of their next football game.

But what of the LA Rams, a team that will pack their lockers up and enjoys a rather early offseason?  What of the final game for the Rams?  What is at stake for the players besides the spirit of the game, a win or loss, or a final chance to put the screws to their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks? Let’s explore who could be positively impacted by a solid game: