St. Louis Rams
Are the Rams for real? The St. Louis Rams looked pretty good defeating the favorites in the NFC, Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in Overtime in week 1. The Rams recorded 6 sacks, and an interception on defense.
On offense, quarterback Nick Foles threw for 297 yards completing 67% of his passes.
This week the Rams are favored against the Washington Redskins, who have struggled on offense. Running Back Tre Mason who missed week 1 looks to be back this week. Mason will help the depth at the position and offset Benny Cunningham. First rounder and rookie Todd Gurley also is progressing well. It is possible he could see a few snaps this weekend, but more likely than not it will be a week or so for him.
I’m picking the Rams to go 2-0 this week! 24-14 is my pick for the score of the game. The St. Louis Rams have not started the season 2-0 since 2001 (14 years). Rams lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl that year.
I think the Rams have the talent to make the playoffs. But how will the team’s cloud of leaving for Los Angeles affect this team? Head coach Jeff Fisher has a lot of work to do to keep these guys focused. I’m hoping the Rams can make the playoffs, but I think a 7-9 record is in the cards.
Are the Cards going to win the division? Going into a 3-game series with the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals have a 5 game lead on Pittsburgh and a 7 game lead on Chicago in the division. The Cardinals extended their lead over the Pirates last night after sweeping the Brewers in 3 games. The Cardinals have now won 4-straight games after a rough 2-8 stretch. The pitching has improved and the Cardinals and getting more and more healthy.
The Cardinals have 16 games to play. Two important series left against the Cubs and Pirates. The Cards need to hold serve in those series. If so, the division is in good hands. Magic number for the Cardinals to win the division is at 12. If the Cardinals play .500 ball the rest of the year, they will have 100 wins. Now it’s time to get healthy and get ready for the post-season.
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