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St. Louis Rams Vs. San Francisco 49ers: Perspective As Rams Climb To Winning Record

4-3 for the season. 3-0 in the NFC West. 2-0 in the Window of Opportunity. The Rams are doing something right.

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The St. Louis Rams now hold a winning record in November for the first time since 2006.

Think about that. It's been nine years since the Rams have actually swam in the waters above .500.

So with the team in new circumstances following yesterday's 27-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers, here's where the Rams stand.


Things are looking better. With a worrisome injury report on Friday listing a couple starters as "Questionable," things obviously got better going into the game with the news that the Questionables (which might well be the 30 for 30 name for the 2015 St. Louis Rams) were all active.

Making things better on this front is that the Rams got through Sunday pretty healthy, by all accounts.

The only issue here was CB Trumaine Johnson spelled for a bit on the menage a trois pass breakup in the 2nd quarter. He returned to the game later.

Performance Issues

I went over this in the follow-up recap covering the big questions for the Rams moving through this spell, but it's worth repeating here.

The Rams' passing offense isn't just bad. It's horrendous.

The Rams have converted just 2 of their last 21 third down attempts. Wide receivers not named Tavon Austin had 7 targets for two receptions and 10 yards yesterday. Throw in the support they've gotten from the Rams' defense, Todd Gurley and the Rams' opponents' foibles (Cleveland's four fumbles and penalties as well as San Francisco's penalties), and there's an argument to be made that the Rams' passing attack is worse than it looks. Which is already very, very, very, very bad.


Now things are getting interesting.

At the divisional level, the Rams are now 3-0 and just one game behind the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals. We're still just now headed to the 2015 midpoint, so there's still plenty of time left to see things settle in more firmly.

As for the playoff picture, the Rams would miss out on the postseason if the season ended today. At 4-3, they're just behind the final NFC wild card team as of right now, the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings...


...which sets up for a very interesting Week 8 battle in Minneapolis.

Having held home field on this two-game win streak. the Rams now hit the road to take on the Vikings who are on a three-game win streak. Following the away game, the Rams will come home to take on the team Minnesota just beat: the Chicago Bears. A two-game road jaunt follows heading to Baltimore and then Cincinnati.

So the Window of Opportunity rolls on with the toughest of the five games, but they've gotten their 2-0 start cancelling any questions of readiness as they get into the November meat of the schedule.

Everything's trending up for the Rams as they get ready for arguably the biggest game of their 2015 season.