The St. Louis Rams have not had a winning season since 2003. The Rams have been in complete overhaul mode the last three years, all in an attempt to build a Super Bowl caliber team. Jeff Fisher and Les Snead have devised a plan in which the 2014 season will be the turnaround year for the Rams. Unfortunately for Rams fans, a turnaround year might not yield a playoff berth. The NFC West is the toughest division in football and the Arizona Cardinals proved that by winning ten games and missing the playoffs. The Rams might not have to win 10 games, but they do need to be better than 8-8.
For the Rams to make the jump to a winning football squad, they likely need to win at least four of the six possible division games. The past few years have proven that the Rams are capable of holding their own against the brawn of the NFC West. However, this year the Rams will need to make sure to win four. The most likely scenario for that to happen is to get a win, both home and away games, against the Arizona Cardinals. If the Rams can take one from Seattle and one from San Francisco, a playoff berth would be an attainable goal.
Even though four wins may not seem like something to cheer about, the NFC West is currently the benchmark for success. The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, and the 49ers have been to two consecutive NFC Championship games. The Rams taking four wins from perennial playoff teams would be a confidence booster for a young squad and would put the Rams on the fast track to winning games outside of the division.