5 Reasons The Rams Can Make The Playoffs
By Joe Vastola
With a quarter of the NFL regular season already complete the St. Louis Rams sit at 2-3. Sam Bradford has great weapons at his disposal, but he hasn’t been able to accomplish much. Playing in the NFC West definitely won’t make things easier. With that being said, there is still a lot of season left and time for the Rams to make a run.
Here are five reasons why the Rams can overcome their 1-3 record and make the post-season.
1-The running game can only improve- Through the first 4 weeks of the season the Rams starting running back, Daryl Richardson, has yet to find the end zone and is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Isaiah Pead has also been a non-factor only totaling 7 carries thus far. The lack of production from the run game has put pressure on Sam Bradford and made the Rams offense one dimensional. I think that if Richardson and Pead can get things going the Rams offense will begin to flourish and they will be much more competitive.
2-The offense has numerous weapons- Despite the fact that St. Louis hasn’t been able to get production on the ground, their offense definitely strikes fear in defensive coordinators. Sam Bradford has a very strong arm and is capable of hitting receivers downfield. Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Austin Pettis are all extremely athletic receivers who can beat cornerbacks off the line and make catches in traffic. Lastly, Jared Cook is a great target at tight end and is known for having big games. (See week 1).
3-Down year for the NFC? – I know that the season is still very young, but if you are the Rams you have to be pretty happy with the ineptness of other teams in the NFC. The New York Giants are 0-4 and have been blown out in two consecutive weeks. The Green Bay Packers, who were considered by many to be favorites in the NFC, are currently 1-2. San Francisco has also looked poor in the early going, as they lost by 20 at home to the Colts. Lastly the Falcons, who finished 13-3 last year, already have 3 losses. The point is a lot of teams who have a lot of talent appear to be vulnerable.
4-Jeff Fisher as Head Coach- With a great coach in charge, the Rams should be confident they can make a run. Fisher has been through it all since he began his coaching career in 1994. He is able to get the most out of his players and he knows how to manage a game. With the Titans, he reached the Super Bowl and has coached in plenty of big games. If the Rams have meaningful games come December, his experience may put them over the hump.
5- Host the Jaguars in Week 5- The Rams will have a great chance to improve to 2-3 as they host Jacksonville this week. The Jaguars (0-4) and have looked awful this season and are a league worst -98 in point differential. The Rams are currently 11 point favorites and I think that they will win this game handily covering the spread. This also could be a good opportunity to get more production from their running backs.