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Los Angeles Rams Can Clinch the NFC West Next Week. Here’s How

A simple, straightforward path to consecutive division titles

Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams completed their season sweep on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday with a 36-31 stress test in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The win increased the Rams lead in the NFC West to 4.5 games (the Seahawks have had their bye already) with 6 games left to play. While the Rams improved to 9-1, the Seahawks potential ceiling dropped to 11-5. So, how soon can the West be won?

How about next Monday?

With the tie-breaker in hand, the Rams only need to match the Seahawks best possible record to wrap up the NFC West for a second consecutive division title. The Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football this week, a game that could potentially decide who represents the NFC as a second wild card in the playoffs. If the Seahawks lose, their ceiling is lowered to 10 wins. The Rams “host” the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Mexico City, looking for their 10th win on the season.

It’s that simple. A Packers win against the Seahawks and a Rams win against the Chiefs and the t-shirts get to come out. All before the Rams’ Week 12 bye. Thanksgiving can be spent relaxing with the knowledge that the Rams’ space in January has been reserved. And even if the division isn’t won by next week, the division should be locked up fairly soon.