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St. Louis Rams Vs. Arizona Cardinals: Live Open Thread

Now begins the toughest part...fighting off the end of the season.

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This is where the St. Louis Rams' 2015 schedule gets tough.

No, not in terms of their opponents. The Rams faced that demon in seasons past, and it wasn't the issue this year. No, this is the part of the schedule where we've passed the relevance threshold. With the Rams needing to win five straight games to close out the season to have any legitimate shot at the playoffs, it's nearly impossible for a team on a four-game losing streak to pull it off. And considering who the Rams lost to amid this streak and's just not rational to look at 2015 anymore with any real aspirations.

Which means we're now in a five-game run of...what exactly?

Is it to assess the roster to facilitate some offseason decisions?

Is it getting playing time for the younger players who need more experience?

Is it actually trying to win as many of these games as possible to make the case for Jeff Fisher to stick around for the fifth and final year of his contract?

Is it draft position for a team that has clearly drafted better beyond the top 10 than within it for the last decade?

There isn't a good answer. There never is when you're 4-7 on a four-game losing streak en route to a fourth-straight season without a winning record under your current head coach and your 12th in a row overall.

So in the end...what are the Rams really playing out December for?