Turf Show Times has covered a season that started 3-1 or better twice.
Our first year in 2006.
And this season.
There's no getting around it. The Rams have, for the first time in a decade, put themselves in position to have a successful season thanks to a rare successful start through four games.
The requirement now? Don't waste it.
Three games stand between the Rams and their bye week starting with today's home battle against the visiting Buffalo Bills. The homestand offers the Rams the opportunity to get out to 4-1 with fair contests the next two weeks thereafter.
The Rams could hit the (near) midway point with the bye looking very, very strong.
If the odds are any suggestion, this 3-1 start could be an illusion that begins unraveling today. The Rams started as 3-point favorites only to see that flip in favor of the Bills by a field goal or so. That was before the inactive report had three of the Rams' defensive line starters out for the game in DE Robert Quinn, DT Michael Brockers and DE William Hayes.
The good thing? It's up to the Rams.
It's up to QB Case Keenum to manage Fisherball Case Keenum-style. It's up to RB Todd Gurley and WR Tavon Austin to see if they can finally produce on a level of their preseason hype. It's up to Kenny Britt and Brian Quick to continue to offer sporadic output in the passing game. It's up to the O-line to come together. It's up to the defense to continue to dominate the game's pace and turn things into a physical field position battle. It's up to special teams to make sure they're not part of the problem.
It's up to the Rams.
That's a challenge they haven't put themselves in position to take advantage of in a long, long time.