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Random Ramsdon: 3 games that matter during LA’s bye week

Packers, Cardinals and Bucs could all impact the Rams this weekend

Seattle Seahawks v Green Bay Packers Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams are on a bye week with a record of 7-3 with the Green Bay Packers next on the schedule after Week 11. Here are some key games for Rams fans to watch this weekend that are most relevant to how the rest of the season might play out, including playoff implications.

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
The Packers are atop the conference with a record of 8-2. With an upset loss to the Vikings, Green Bay would be go into a Week 12 game against the Rams with a record of 8-3, compared to the Rams 7-3. If the Rams win that game, the standings would reflect win loss records of 8-3 to 8-4 in favor of the Rams. The odds are favoring the Packers since they have not lost a game with Aaron Rodgers at the helm since Week 1. But other top NFC teams have hit bumps in the road like the Rams and Buccaneers both losing their last two and if it’s the Packers turn for the same type of drops, the rest of the NFC contenders will be ready to grab at the number one seed.

Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks
The Cards are the current leaders of the NFC West at 8-2 and are in the number two seed for the playoffs. But they have lost two of their last three. They have been without their quarterback Kyler Murray with an injury and he looks to be a game-time decision for this week against the Seahawks. If Arizona drops this game to the Seahawks it wouldn’t do much for Seattle, who only has three wins, but it would shake things up for the NFC West title opening the door a bit for the 7-3 Rams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants
If the playoffs started now, it would have the fifth-seeded LA Rams taking on the fourth-seeded Buccaneers. If only for that possible rematch, it’s worth keeping an eye on the defending champions to see how they are looking leading up to the tournament. Currently they, like the Rams, are looking to overcome two consecutive losses. It does not seem likely that they lose to the Giants but it was also unexpected for them to lose to the New Orleans Saints and even more so to the Washington Football Team.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Top five plays from Rams’ offense from first 10 weeks of 2021 season (Rams.com)

Three years ago today, the Rams and Chiefs played one of the best NFL games ever (RamsWire)

Why it’s not time to panic about the Rams after their two ugly losses (RamsWire)

3 reasons why this LA Rams roster is set up for the long haul (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

Week 11 injury report for 2021 NFL season (NFL.com)

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper placed on reserve/COVID-19 list, to miss two games (NFL.com)

Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack to have season-ending foot surgery, coach Matt Nagy says (ESPN)

Pete Carroll calls for full-time officials (PFT)