Which team should LA Rams fans cheer for on Thanksgiving Day?

With 3 games scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, which teams should LA Rams fans be cheering for? It depends on how you want the LA Rams to finish out the 2023 NFL season.

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If you want the LA Rams to have their best pick in the 2024 NFL Draft

If you have lost faith in the LA Rams' ability to win consistently, or simply believe that the best option for the LA Rams is to focus on the 2024 NFL Draft, then the best course for the Rams to achieve that optimal pick is for bad NFL teams to start winning.

With a record of 4-6, and with such an impressive strength of schedule, the LA Rams are in a tie with six NFL teams of the same record, but rather than select with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Rams are currently projected to select with the 13th overall pick. But that all changes if the following teams win today:

  1. Packers over Lions - If the Green Bay Packers win, they improve to a record of 5-6, and at least temporarily select after the LA Rams
  2. Commanders over Cowboys - If the Commanders defeat the Cowboys, they will improve to a record of 5-7, and will drop in the order of picking in the 2024 NFL Draft behind the Rams.
  3. 49ers tie Seahawks - Both teams currently project to select in the 2024 NFL Draft after the LA Rams, so the game has less bearing on the Rams draft position.

Of course, the true secret for the LA Rams to end up with a Top-5 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft is simply to lose out the rest of their games. But even a record of 4-13 is not a surefire guarantee that the Rams will end up with a Top-5 pick. As of today, November 23, 2023, there are seven NFL teams that have three or fewer wins. I don't think that it is a stretch of the imagination to anticipate five NFL teams finishing the 2023 NFL season with three or fewer wins.

So teams with fewer or the same number of wins as the LA Rams must start winning. Some of that will happen naturally, as bad teams eventually face one another. The LA Rams will face the Arizona Cardinals (2-9), the New York Giants (3-8) and the Washington Commanders (4-7) later this season.

I truly expect the Rams to be victorious in all three games, which would mean that the Rams finish the 2023 NFL season with at least seven wins. So what would it take for the Rams to earn a playoff berth?