The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a tough overtime loss to the AFC first place Baltimore Ravens. While there is no moral victories in the National Football League, this past loss could be considered the closest possible thing. LA was able to score 31 points against one of the best defenses in the league, and showed they can keep up with the top echelon of teams. It’s one thing to sneak into the playoffs as a wild card, it’s another for this team to potentially make some real noise if they get in.
Due to the team’s continued success, it’s no surprise that Rams fan’s confidence is unwavering this week, climbing one more percent to 99% from last week’s 98%. This is the highest score of the season, and frankly, the Rams look far ahead of schedule in their “retooling” season compared to a few weeks ago when they were 3-6 and going through some real growing pains.
This week the Rams take on the Washington Commanders, who come into the game with the league’s worst defense in points allowed. This could be huge for an LA offense that has scored at least 31 points the last three weeks.
Currently Los Angeles sits in the eighth seed at 6-7 with the Packers, who hold the tiebreaker due to their victory over the Rams earlier in the season, sitting in seventh with the same record. QB Matthew Stafford was unfortunately forced to miss the game with a hand injury.
Stafford has been doing his part as of late though, throwing for a total of 867 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and only one interception in the last three games. Meanwhile, wide receiver Puka Nacua continues his historic rookie season. We also had our first real sighting of rookie tight end Davis Allen, who had five receptions, 50 yards and a touchdown vs. the Ravens filling in for the injured Tyler Higbee. Could he join Nacua, Bryce Young, Kobie Turner, Steve Avila and Ethan Evans as the next rookie to find success in LA?
If the Rams can handle their business the rest of the season, there’s a real possibility they will be a playoff team. Originally, it felt like just getting into the playoffs would be a victory with a team full of young players, however, now it’s starting to feel like there is a swelling of believe that this roster may be able to compete for real if they get into the tournament.