It’s Rivalry Week at SB Nation, so expect to feel a lot of strong emotions and re-live some of the best memories you’ve ever had as a fan.
To kick things off, I thought I’d ask a simple question: Who are the Rams’ biggest rivals?
Is it the Cardinals? 49ers? Seahawks?
Is it potentially a team from outside of the division?
Is it the team that the Rams play the closest every single time?
What do you all take into consideration when trying to answer a question like this?
One obvious thing to take into consideration are win-loss records and how close they have been throughout history. Here are those records within the division:
- Cardinals: 44-38-2 (Rams hold edge in point differential, 1,715-1,594)
- 49ers: 67-70-3 (49ers hold edge in point differential, 3,016-3,142)
- Seahawks: 19-24-0 (Seahawks hold edge in point differential, 892-938)
As of right now, the only team the Rams have a winning record against in the division is Arizona. The largest win-loss differential is with the Seahawks, but that’s just five games. The record with the Niners is a bit closer but the point differential is what separates them in that matchup. It’s a bummer that San Francisco had their incredible resurgence last season or else the Rams may be sitting just one game back in their all-time record.
The NFC West has been one of the best divisions in the NFL over the last decade. In the 2010s, the Cardinals had a few years of excellent play with Carson Palmer while the 49ers enjoyed a trip to the Super Bowl in both 2012 and 2019. The Seahawks had their most-successful seasons during the middle of the decade and the Rams did their best work over the last few seasons. Each team has taken a turn being at the top of the division in the last 10 years and things are about as wide open as they’ve ever been heading into the 2020 season.
For fun, I want to throw in Green Bay Packers as an out-of-division rival due to how close their all-time head-to-head record is. The Rams hold the edge 46-45-2 with a point differential of 2,134-2,121.
At this point in time, which team would you consider to be the Rams’ biggest rival?
Who are the Rams’ biggest rivals?
This poll is closed
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