It just keeps getting tougher for the Rams

Sometimes a statistic is just a number. In the case of this year's St. Louis Rams, those numbers don't tell us anything we don't already know: the Rams are a bad team.

Football Outsiders has their updated DVOA stats (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a system that breaks down every single NFL play and compares a team's performance to a league baseline based on situation in order to determine value over average). Nothing shocking in the numbers, except maybe that they're not lower. The Rams have the 30th ranked offense with a -24.8% DVOA. the 28th ranked defense with a 20.6% DVOA, and the 26th ranked special teams with a -3.6% DVOA. Overall, only the Carolina Panthers top the Rams in total futility through the first quarter of the season.

Just to prove that cosmic justice is a sick, random thing, the number that is of most concern is the future schedule. The crew at Football Outsiders list the average DVOA of each  team's opponents for the rest of the season and ranks them based on that number. The Rams opponents for the rest of the season have an average DVOA of 4.5% (for comparison's sake, the Rams have an overall DVOA of -49%). We have the 9th toughest remaining schedule, as it stands now. The bitter irony is that the one team worse than us, the Panthers, have the hardest schedule remaining.

Injuries, schedule...it's not getting any easier for the Rams.

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