Let us take a look at how each game will play out for the Rams in the 2017 Season, are playoffs in the cards? Or will they fall short of 8-8?
Andrew Luck vs Jared Goff turns into a back and forth slug fest. Luck throws a TD, Goff answers with his own. Back and forth for 4 quarters until a costly interception from Goff, a still developing quarterback gives Luck one more chance to strike and so he does, taking the lead with 30 seconds left. A last minute Hail Mary attempt falls through Tavon’s hands.
(L) Rams vs Colts – Colts 28 Rams 24
Kirk Cousins is in his late season form, padding stats for his next franchise tag. Gerald Everrett and Jordan Reed each haul in 2 touchdowns and everyone finally sees why Mcvay wanted Everrett as his first pick. The Rams however are not able to stay stride for stride with the weapons on the Redskins and fall short.
(L) Rams vs Redskins – Redskins 30 Rams 21
The Rams walk in with a swagger only shown by those knowing they are about to win a freebie. The 49ers are a team no one fears. Their defense gives Goff, Gurley, and Austin fits for 4 quarters. However a last minute seam buster that Goff hits Everrett on for a 40 yard TD is enough to propel them over the 49ers.
(W) Rams at 49ers – Rams 17 49ers 10
The Rams face a Cowboys team coming off a season where their stock was at an all-time high being run by two rookies, the Rams continue bringing the Cowboys back down to earth by slowing down Zeke and Dak.
(W) Rams at Cowboys – Rams 20 Cowboys 17
The Seahawks and Rams games always seem to swing in the Rams favor. This year is no different. Wilson gets battered and bruised by an angry defensive front and a well-coached Wade Phillips defense.
(W) Rams vs Seahawks – Rams 23 Seahawks 20
(W) Rams at Jaguars – Rams 28 Jaguars 23
Carson Palmer and David Johnson prove too much to handle. Handing the Rams a loss right before their bye week.
(L) Rams vs Cardinals – Cardinals 21 Rams 14
Eli Manning finds OBJ on 3 separate occasions and lets him do the rest. No one blames the Rams defense for not containing the likes of OBJ, Brandon Marshall, and Evan Engram.
(L) Rams at Giants – Giants 30 Rams 13
Rams battle it out with an elite defense. Texans Deshaun Watson is the starter by now and throws 2 interceptions when the Rams close down his rushing lanes. Goff manages the game well, throwing smart and quick passes to slow down a ferocious Texans Pass rush.
(W) Rams vs Texans – Rams 20 Texans 17
Vikings use Sam Bradford to take advantage of his old team. He throws a pair of interceptions for old times’ sake, but does enough with the talent around him to pull out the victory.
(L) Rams at Vikings – Vikings 23 Rams 14
Drew Brees lights it up for 3 quarters and makes a bone headed mistake in quarter 4 to ensure his team finishes 8-8 for a 100th straight year. Goff gets his revenge and puts the nail in the coffin, showing progression from his game against the Saints last year.
(W) Rams vs Saints – Rams 27 Saints 20
Carson Palmer once again, in his final year of football, gives the Rams one last middle finger to squash their playoff hopes.
(L) Rams at Cardinals – Cardinals 24 Rams 17
Goff vs Wentz, the game the media has been waiting for! Who picked right? Is Wentz the true franchise QB? Goff and Wentz play lights out connecting on deep passes, slants, post routes all game long to try and prove who the best is. Wentz ends up getting a sore arm in quarter 4 and can only throw bubble screens. Goff takes advantage and completes a deep shot to Tavon Austin that puts them ahead with less than a minute left. Wentz ends up going 3 and out on offense and the Rams walk away winners.
(W) Rams vs Eagles – Rams 28 Eagles 21
The Rams cannot sweep the Seahawks this year and end up falling victim to Wilson’s scrambling ability.
(L) Rams vs Seahawks – Seahawks 23 Rams 17
Henry and Mariota rush for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Goff puts up a stinker in which he throws 4 interceptions. A learning moment in his career, the Titans come out on top.
(L) Rams at Titans – Titans 30 Rams 10
Rams post back to back duds. With playoff hopes squashed they play uninspired. Goff does all he can to rally a defeated team. It proves to be not enough. To add insult to injury I don’t even know who the 49ers QB will be at this point, but they will win.
(L) Rams vs 49ers – 49ers 14 Rams 10
In summary, Rams end up going 7-9 showing remarkable improvement in execution, talent development, and tenacity on all units. Mistakes were made along the way and that was to be expected. Goff shows steady improvement and a real reason to be excited about him going into his 3rd year. Mcvay proves his mettle as a legitimate NFL Head coach and Gurley returns to form. The focus for the next 2 years becomes building upon Goff’s development and bringing in talent to protect him along the offensive line. The arrow is pointed up in Los Angeles.