Season Preview Questions #8&9 - Where Do The Rams End Up In The NFC West?

Ezra Shaw

We're closing out the SB Nation NFL Preview series by doubling up predictions both for the Rams and the NFC West in general.

We're here. Let's put on our prediction hats and wrap this thing up.

Predict the order of finish in your division.

What do you expect your season-end record will be?

The hell...that first one aint even a question.

Let's go at this schedule prediction style:

Arizona Cardinals (5-11)

Week Team W/L
1 @STL L
2 DET W
3 @NO L
4 @TB L
5 CAR W
6 @SF L
7 SEA L
8 STL L
9 BYE N/A
10 HOU L
11 @JAX W
12 IND W
13 @PHI L
14 STL L
15 @TEN W
16 @SEA L
17 SF L

St. Louis Rams (9-6...)

Week Team W/L
1 ARI W
2 @ATL L
3 @DAL W
4 SF L
5 JAX W
6 @HOU L
7 @CAR L
8 SEA W
9 TEN W
10 @IND L
11 BYE N/A
12 CHI W
13 @SF L
14 @ARI W
15 NO W
16 TB W
17 @SEA ...

San Francisco 49ers (12-4)

Week Team W/L
1 GB W
2 @SEA L
3 IND W
4 @STL W
5 HOU L
6 ARI W
7 @TEN W
8 @JAX W
9 BYE N/A
10 CAR W
11 @NO L
12 @WAS W
13 STL W
14 SEA W
15 @TB W
16 ATL L
17 @ARI W

Seattle Seahawks (10-5...)

Week Team W/L
1 @CAR W
2 SF W
3 JAX W
4 @HOU L
5 @IND W
6 TEN W
7 @ARI W
8 @STL L
9 TB W
10 @ATL L
11 MIN W
12 BYE N/A
13 NO L
14 @SF L
15 @NYG W
16 ARI W
17 STL ...

If you're looking for conventional wisdom, Matt Ufford got pretty close in a video for the mothership. Look, oddsmakers over/unders are set where they are for a reason. Then again, as soon as I finished these, I was upset at my own application of parity. The Rams didn't lose to the Niners last year. The Super Bowl Niners couldn't manage a win against the Rams. And San Francisco should've lost both of em. Arizona beat the Patriots. In New England.

Parity exists in the NFL. It's just so nonsensical to pick stuff like that before it happens. So take my predictions with a conex of salt.

That being said, I'm not jacking up the juju for week 17. I put it around 90% that this has playoff implications for either Seattle or ourselves and around 50% that it has playoff implications for both. So I don't want to upset the Force in August. When we get to that bridge, we'll cross it.

What are your predictions across the NFC West? How will we fare in intradivisional play? Why is it so damn hard to buck the CW and embrace parity (not debate)?

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