Why the LA Rams match up well to the Commanders in Week 15

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Reason III: Rams have weathered competing against the NFL's best

The NFL schedulers have taken off their gloves when setting up the LA Rams schedule for the 2023 NFL season. In short, the LA Rams have faced three teams who are coming off their BYE week and have lost to all three. The Rams faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Ravens off their BYE weeks, and have lost to all three teams.

This week, the Rams host the Washington Commanders (4-9), a team that is also coming off their BYE week. That just seems, unduly unfair of the NFL to set this Rams team up to fail like that. For comparison's sake, the LA Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks (6-7) after their BYE week, and have gone on to win three of their four games since the BYE.

Rams toughed through the NFL's toughest teams

But let's examine the teams that the Rams have faced this season. In Week 15, there are four NFL teams with a record of 10-3. They are the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Philadelphia Eagles. And the LA Rams have already faced all four teams. In fact, of the 14 teams who are currently projected to compete in the NFL Playoffs, the Rams have competed against eight teams.

The Rams may not be over .500 football, yet. But that is due to the fact that this LA Rams team has had to plow through some very deep snow just to get to a record of 6-7. While the Rams cannot let up just yet, they have built up a reputation as a pretty tough team to face. That sets up the Rams to use all of that competitiveness to help come out with a victory this week.