Where will Rams NFC West Division rivals struggle this season?

Even as the LA Rams appear to have improved, can the same be said about their NFC West Division rivals?
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The 2023 NFL season is over for the LA Rams, and for all 32 NFL teams. While there is some carry over of what worked and what didn't work last season, the truth of the matter is that all 32 NFL teams carry only a fraction of last season into the new year. The Rams are a perfect example of that, fiinshing 2021 with a 12-5 record and going on to win Super Bowl LVI. The next year, the Rams plummeted to an injury-induced record of 5-12. In 2023, the team rebounded to a respectable 10-7 record, fueled in large part by rookies who had just joined the team last season.

While we as fans simply focus on the uniforms and throw out the welcome mat to whomever fills that outfit out, NFL teams must reinvent themselves each season with an array of new coaches and football players. And that has meant that the team, for all intents and purposes, may be nothing like the team of just one season ago. We have seen signs of that from our own Rams football team. But, what about the NFC West Division?

After all, six of the 17 games that the LA Rams must play in 2024 are against a familiar blend of three teams. In 2023, the Rams emerged with the upper hand, winning five on six divisional games that ended up being 50 percent of the total number of victories.

That is an amazing feat, both in the number of wins from rivals, and the fact that the Rams were 5-6 against the rest of the teams on their 2023 schedule.

That brings us to the point of this article. Clearly how well the team plays against NFC West Division teams plays a huge role in how well the Rams do in the final standings. So let's take a stroll through the NFC West and determine where and how their division rivals might struggle this season.