I take my shot at guessing the St. Louis Rams schedule


If the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge is any indication, the St. Louis Rams should be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. People talked about the contest weeks before the tournament. They fantasized about somehow beating the odds – 1 in 9.2 quintillion to be exact – and taking a chunk of Warren Buffett’s fortune.

Buffett never broke a sweat. All entries were out after the first weekend.

The Rams are hoping for counting on a similar result. They wanted publicity? They got it.

In the 24/7 news cycle that is the NFL, the period between the combine and draft is painfully slow. The Rams seized this opportunity to announce an innovative idea and garnered front-page news as a result. ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com and every other sports-themed website featured a story. Hell, the contest was trending on Facebook.

Of course, the contest comes with all sorts of curve balls. Guess the games in order. Guess the correct day on which the games will be played. Guess the bye week.

Almost makes a fan long for the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.

As a fan, I think it’s a fun contest for the team to hold. It helps build the brand.

As a rational person, I think it’s for suckers and nearly impossible. And that $100,000 is far too little compensation for a contest in which the odds are about 1 in 16 quadrillion (check out the math here).

Having said that, here is my prediction for the Rams 2014 schedule:

Week 1:
Sunday – @ Washington Redskins

Week 2:
Sunday – vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 3:
Sunday – vs. New York Giants

Week 4:
Sunday – @ Kansas City Chiefs

Week 5:
Monday – @ Seattle Seahawks

Week 6:
Sunday – vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 7:
Sunday – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 8:
Sunday – vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 9:

Week 10:
Sunday – vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 11:
Sunday – @ Arizona Cardinals

Week 12:
Sunday – vs. Denver Broncos

Week 13:
Thursday – @ San Francisco 49ers

Week 14:
Sunday – @ San Diego Chargers

Week 15:
Sunday – vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 16:
Sunday – @ Philadelphia Eagles

Week 17:
Sunday – vs. Arizona Cardinals

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