And that remains the case no matter how badly the 35-32 defeat to the Bills stings. Sure, the Rams could easily be 3-0 — but they are 2-1 after hosting the Dallas Cowboys and taking long back-to-back road trips to play against the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo. So, the Rams are poised to stay in the NFC playoff hunt heading into October.
That is particularly true when you consider the upcoming schedule.
The Rams host the New York Giants on Sunday and then travel to face the Washington Football Team in Week 5. The Giants are 0-3 and Washington is 1-2. The Rams have a real opportunity to sweep the NFC East, which is a combined 2-9-1, by early October.
The Giants and Washington both look like they are among the worst teams in the NFL so far this season. Both teams have problems on both sides of the ball. If the Rams’ early season is any indication, they should easily outclass them.
In Week 6, the Rams play at San Francisco on Sunday Night Football. The 49ers are 2-1 despite being incredibly beat up. They might get key players such as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and cornerback Richard Sherman back by then.
The Rams end October by hosting the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 7. The Bears are a surprise 3-0 and now have former Ram Nick Foles at quarterback. Still, Chicago seems more like a pretender than a contender so far.
That means there is a real chance the Rams can end the next four-game stretch with a 3-1 (or better) record and head to November at 5-2 or 6-1 barring a rash of injuries.
And this was all setup by a strong September.