The St. Louis Rams have a tough 16 games in front of them. Six of the sixteen games will be against their division rivals: the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. All three of the aforementioned teams won 10 games or more in the 2013 season.
Even with as tough a schedule as the Rams have, the likelihood of a 10-win season and moving into second place is not farfetched. In order to do so, however, the Rams will need to get off to a hot start.
The Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys are the first three matchups for the Rams. The Rams should win three out of three to start the season. The Vikings don’t have great quarterback play; the Cowboys had to release some of their best players to get under the salary cap, and the Buccaneers have an unproven quarterback and offensive line issues.
The Rams have proven they can beat the Arizona Cardinals and will beat them twice this year, along with winning both home games against Seattle and San Francisco. Although the Rams were unable to defeat either team last year, the Rams will be able to steal one from each team this year.
The last three wins will come in Weeks 13, 14, and 16 against the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and New York Giants. All three teams will be coming off of bad seasons and won’t likely be fully retooled.
If the Rams can pull out wins against playoff teams, like last year’s wins over New Orleans and Indianapolis, the Rams could lose an extra game or two in the division and still hit the 10-win mark.
Even against the odds of a very tough schedule, the Rams have the firepower to win ten games and take over second place in the NFC West, which should be good enough for a playoff berth.