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Which wild card matchup would be the best for the Rams?

The Rams have 3 potential teams to face, which one would be ideal?

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The Los Angeles Rams clinched a playoff spot last week but we still have no idea who they will play in the first round of the playoffs next week. With the Rams playing their final regular season game this week knowing a win locks them into the 6th seed and a lose could push them down to the 7th seed, it’s worth noting a lot can happen outside of just what they do.

Sean McVay has decided to roll with Carson Wentz, sit Matthew Stafford, Kyren Williams, Cooper Kupp, Ernest Jones, Aaron Donald and give the Rams a fighting chance against a 49ers team that is also expected to sit some starters in their home finale. It’s still not quite the best attempt to go for the 6th seed with some of the team’s best players on the sidelines but it’s enough to make it interesting.

Here are the scenarios for the Rams based on who they could play next week in the wild card round of the playoffs.

Detroit Lions

Scenario 1: #6 Rams vs. #3 Lions

  1. Rams beat 49ers
  2. Cowboys beat Commanders

Scenario 2: #6 Rams vs. #3 Lions

  1. Rams beat 49ers
  2. Eagles beat Giants
  3. Cowboys lose to Commanders

Scenario 3: #6 Rams vs. #3 Lions

  1. Rams lose to 49ers
  2. Packers lose to Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Scenario 1: #6 Rams vs. #3 Cowboys

  1. Rams beat 49ers
  2. Lions beat Vikings
  3. Cowboys lose to Commanders
  4. Eagles lose to Giants

Scenario 2: #6 Rams vs. #3 Cowboys

  1. Rams lose to 49ers
  2. Packers lose to Bears
  3. Lions beat Vikings
  4. Cowboys lose to Commanders
  5. Eagles lose to Giants

Scenario 3: #7 Rams vs. #2 Cowboys

  1. Rams lose to 49ers
  2. Packers beat Bears
  3. Cowboys beat Commanders

Philadelphia Eagles

Scenario 1: #6 Rams vs. #3 Eagles

  1. Rams beat 49ers
  2. Lions beat Vikings
  3. Cowboys lose to Commanders
  4. Eagles tie Giants

Scenario 2: #7 Rams vs. #2 Eagles

  1. Rams lose to 49ers
  2. Packers beat Bears
  3. Eagles beat Giants
  4. Cowboys lose to Commanders

The most ideal matchup: Philadelphia Eagles

The reason I would list the one team on here that came into SoFi Stadium and beat the Rams is because this is simply not the same team the Rams faced back earlier in the season. For starters, this defense has allowed 30 or more points in six games since they played the Rams. On the season, the Eagles give up the 3rd most points per game. Their offense has been on and off lately as well.

Meanwhile, the Rams offense has gotten hot as of late and have scored 22 touchdowns in the last six games. This feels like a very good a matchup for the Rams since they’ve already seen Philly and have at this point surpassed them in play over the last half of the year. The only downside is that it would be in Philadelphia but the Rams are playing on the road in the first round no matter who the play, this one would just be in the elements in January. Even still, a team that demoted their defensive coordinator in week 15 and just lost to the Cardinals feels like a team that doesn't want to play the Rams who are 6-1 since the bye week.

The most fun matchup: Detroit Lions

Come on, the storylines write themselves. You have Matthew Stafford returning home to Ford Field to take on Jared Goff who gets a shot to end Sean McVay and the Rams season aka his former team and coach that traded him away. Aubrey Pleasant who is currently a secondary coach for the Rams was fired by the Lions last year as well. This is a hefty storyline game and would have some big-time stars all over the field.

This is the matchup every football fan should want but it definitely feels like no one wants to play the Rams judging from the fan reaction on social media. Something tells me this would not lack scoring and be one of the games of the playoffs for sure.

The toughest matchup: Dallas Cowboys

Let me be the first to say, I think the Rams beat whoever they play. However, the Dallas Cowboys are undefeated at home with a 43-20 win over the Rams on the ledger. Sure, there’s a revenge angle here for the Rams. They didn’t have Pro Bowler Kyren Williams or Rob Havenstein in that game and not to mention the ascension of Kobie Turner hadn’t reached where he’s at now. However, this is still a wicked tough team at home.

That defense even without Trevon Diggs has been very good this year and has a corner in DaRon Bland who will likely hang onto the interception crown this year. Bland had a pick six in the Ram game. That defensive front led by Micah Parsons is a problem and that’s not to mention the dynamic duo on the offensive side with Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb. You could very well throw in KaVontae Turpin as a returner against a special teams that has absolutely crumbled here down the stretch.

One thing is for sure though. The Rams would make that game interesting and Cowboys fans do not want to play the Rams. I’ve seen plenty rooting for Carson Wentz to win so they don’t play the Rams in the first round.