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For the first time in 2018, Los Angeles Rams fans’ confidence is dipping

As our Week 14 FanPulse results show, Rams fans are concerned more at this point than any other this year.

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Los Angeles Rams fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Well, it’s been a minute since we looked at our FanPulse results. With the Monday Night Football the Game of the Year© and the subsequent bye week, we got thrown off the timing of things and missed out on Rivalry Week!

But following a two-game road swing that saw a limp offensive performance against the Detroit Lions and an even more ineffective showing against a stellar Chicago Bears defense, Los Angeles Rams fans for the first time are showing a soft spot when it comes to confidence in the team’s performance:

Now, let’s not accede to hyperbole. Confidence levels are at 82% in our FanPulse results, the eighth-highest in the NFL. The Rams are 11-2. The sky is not falling. But fan confidence is!

Which sets up two major factors heading into Week 15. One, the Rams clearly need a win to avoid a feeling of things falling apart down the stretch with the NFC playoff picture taking shape with the Bears now on the rise. FanPulse certainly confirms that possibility with respondents expecting an 8-point win this weekend. Two, QB Jared Goff could use a good showing this week. The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a great pass defense, so there’s not going to be that excuse this week. And with his two-game performance on the road, it’s fair to expect/demand/whatever a bounceback showing from our young franchise QB.

As for Eagles fans, they’re not feeling great about things themselves:

To be fair, most NFL team fan bases look something like that. Nearly every fan base came into the season feeling good, but given that less than half of the NFL will make the playoffs, that means a majority of fans are going to be disappointed every year. Hopefully, the trends continues this week for the Eagles...