The Rams are currently sitting pretty through week 10 of the 2017 NFL season with a 7-2 record, putting them on top of the NFC West. A big part of that is due to a very easy schedule to start the year. I’m not saying the Rams haven’t played good competition, just the teams they have played don’t have the best records this year.

Out of the seven wins they have so far only two came against teams who have a winning record right now. Also their losses came against the division rival Seattle Seahawks, and a tough Washington Redskins team whose their record doesn’t necessarily show the true stripes of their team. The Rams have demolished the mediocre teams, evidenced by the plus-132 point differential in the five games against the bottom of the pack. Rams are doing their due diligence when it comes to obliterating the bad teams, but true Super Bowl contenders need to beat the top tier teams.

“Luckily” for the Rams, they have a tough schedule ahead of them to show the league who they truly are. Five of the Rams next seven games are against teams with winning records, four of them are division leaders.

That onslaught of games start this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who possess a great defense and viable offense. To make that even tougher the Rams will be traveling to Minnesota to stop the hot Vikings. It is unclear who will start at quarterback right now as former Rams quarterback, Case Keenum, has some competition now with Teddy Bridgewater. Keenum signed with the Vikings to be the backup but due to a few unfortunate events with the other former Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford, Keenum is now the starter. Keenum has played really well for the Vikings after an abyssal year with, hot garbage of a coach, Jeff Fisher.

After the Vikings the Rams have to face the burning hot New Orleans Saints. The Rams will be at home, but what the Saints are doing right now is down right dirty. New Orleans have found their will on defense and can just run the ball down anyone’s throat right now the the resurgence of Mark Ingram and rookie phenom, Alvin Kamara.

The Rams then have the best team in the NFL right now, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have been hitting on all cylinders with a potent offense led by current MVP candidate, Carson Wentz. The birds defense is also very strong as they possess arguably the best pass rush in the game.

It is then on to Seattle to face fierce division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle took the first game in LA and will look to defend their home turf. The Seahawks have lost stud corner Richard Sherman and have a patchwork offensive line, but they still know how to win in the great Northwest.

After that battle it is on to Nashville, Tennessee to face the Titans. The Titans currently have the best record in the AFC South and play some hard knock football. They are stout against the run and have the backs to run all day on someone. Titans also have Marcus Mariota at quarterback, who can change the outcome of the game with both his arm and legs. The Rams do face the 49ers in the last week of the season but that should also be an easy win at home.

All-in-all the last seven games will determine who the Rams actually are. It will be a very hard stretch and will make this team play their best football right before the playoffs. In my opinion it is going to be very hard for the Rams to win these games, I expect them to go 1-4 in that tough stretch.

Christian Gotzman is a staff writer for cover32.com/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. Like and follow on


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