Peter Schrager, NFL analyst for Fox Sports, released his Ten Bold Predictions for the 2015 NFL season this afternoon. In there, you’ll find that Sam Bradford carries the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl. No biggie.
You’ll also see that the Steelers and Cowboys will both miss the playoffs. The St. Louis Rams, however, will not.
Here’s what Schrager had to say about the Rams...and where they’ll be playing after their visit to the postseason for the first time in 12 years:
I’ve been on and off the Rams hype plane so many times in recent years, I have jetlag. For the fourth straight season, the Rams start out with the youngest team in football, and for the fourth straight year, I love them. That’s OK. This is the year they put it all together. Lost in all the Sam Bradford love this summer was an awfully strong preseason from the guy St. Louis traded Bradford for: Nick Foles. Signed to a two-year extension a few weeks back, Foles completed 12 of 14 passes in his last two preseason starts, with the only two misses coming on a drop and a receiver falling down. St. Louis has quietly added pieces at every position, and when rookie running back Todd Gurley hits his stride in Week 4 or 5, the offense is going to be a far better unit than expected. I see a nine-win season for the Rams; enough to get them the second wild-card spot in the NFC. I also see them announcing a move to Los Angeles, once and for all, sometime in February.
I’m betting all of that sounded pretty good until he got to the whole "Los Angeles" part. And to some that may have been the best part of his entire statement. Schrager is obviously high on the Rams, having stated that he’s been buying them as a sleeper for the past three seasons. All of those seasons have been played under head coach Jeff Fisher. They’ve combined for a 20-27-1 record in that span. But you know what they say, "fourth time’s a charm."
Regardless, Schrager - like many other fans - see improvement in the Rams’ roster and feel that if they can put it all together the wins will start piling up. He even sees them amassing enough this season that they’ll get their first playoff berth since 2004.
And who might they face in Wild Card round? None other than the Seattle Seahawks, who the Rams will face in Week 1 of the regular season. Unfortunately for the Rams, winning in Seattle is - and has been - very difficult. The Rams fall to the Seahawks 23-17. They’re headed in the right direction though. They’re also headed west...apparently.
Sam Bradford is going to the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t that be something?