2015 NFL Football – Rams Analysis
The St. Louis Rams enter the 2015 season with typical hype but a typically sketchy roster full of question marks.
How will Nick Foles work out? How will first round pick Todd Gurley fare as the first top 10 RB taken in the draft in what seems like a generation?
St. Louis Rams
2015 St. Louis Rams Odds to win the 2016 Super Bowl: 40/1
2015 St. Louis Rams Odds to win the 2015 NFC Conference: 20/1
2015 Season Win Total: Rams 7.5 wins (OVER -110, UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 6
Vegas isn’t convinced that the Rams have turned the corner – I am not sure either.
St. Louis should be a competitive team in 2015 but in the tough NFC West competitive may not get it done.
Let’s look at every game on the schedule and see if the Rams can surpass the 7.5 wins that Vergas has set out for them.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, vs. Seattle, 1 p.m. ET
Ugh – the Rams get a Seahawks team that will be itching to get back to work after their Super Bowl debacle. St. Louis has played Seattle tough at the Edward Jones Dome for sure but with Nick Foles looking to find his footing, an unproven running back situation and a number of holes all over the field it is hard to imagine the Rams coming out on top here.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, at Washington, 1 p.m. ET
The Rams are on the road in Week 2 against a Washington team that appears to be in disarray once again. I, like many have zero faith in the Skins – St. Louis’s defense should dominate in this one!
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh has potential to be a sneaky team in the NFL this year – LeVeon Bell will play his first game after suspension and Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown could have a field-day on the turf of the dome. I don’t think the Rams score enough to keep up in this one.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Cardinals have been good the last few years and head into the season with huge expectations. Arizona won both meetings of the season last year – the Cards should be better this year. The Rams are in danger of starting 1-3 – yikes!
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, at Green Bay, 1 p.m. ET
St. Louis has the unenviable task of heading to Lambeau in Week 5 – at least they won’t have to play there in December! Still, the Packers are poised to be one an elite team this year and at home they are almost untouchable.
Yup, the Rams could head into their bye 1-4!
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET
The schedule relaxes for St. Louis after the bye – Cleveland comes to town in a game that the Rams should win. Cleveland isn’t a great team – the Rams should feast at home.
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m. ET
St. Louis gets a crack at a sub-par team for the second week in a row in Week 8 – San Francisco could turn out to be one of the worst teams in the NFC this year – seriously! This divisional game should belong to the Rams.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, at Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET
I am not sold on the Vikings at all. The Rams enter this game with as much confidence as they have had all year long and take care of business. St. Louis can get back to .500 this week – my guess is they come out 4-4.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, vs. Chicago, 1 p.m. ET
Chicago pays visit to the Rams who take a three game win streak into Week 10. With St. Louis playing their best ball of the year expect St. Louis to carve up a brutal Bears defense in this one. St. Louis gets over the .500 mark with a good win here.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, at Baltimore, 1 p.m. ET
The Ravens are a good club and will be fighting for a playoff spot by Week 11. I like Joe Flacco to expose an average Rams secondary and to end St. Louis’s four game win streak.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET
The Bengals will be a tough team this season – on the road it is tough to imagine St. Louis upsetting a Bengals team that will be in an inevitable fight in the tough AFC North. Cincinnati should take care of business here dropping the Rams to 5-6 on the year.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, vs. Arizona, 1 p.m. ET
Who do you like better in the NFC West – the Rams or the Cardinals? These teams have a knack of protecting their own house against each other. In a defensive battle, home turf wins out taking St. Louis back to 6-6.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. ET
The one weakness of the Rams defense is the secondary and with Calvin Johnson coming to town to play indoors, the Rams could be in tough in this one.
Detroit’s defense should be able to do enough and the Lions should be too much offensively as they hand St. Louis a home loss.
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, vs. Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. ET
Tampa will be a much improved team but not enough to knock off a solid Rams team on the road. Jameis Winston will have his moments but will learn a lesson or two from St. Louis’s typically solid defense.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. ET
Winning in Seattle is a TALL TASK. The NFC West teams have always won inter-divisional games on home turf – I think that trend continues and Rams fall top 7-8.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. ET
By this time, my guess is that the Rams have little to play for other than a .500 record. The 49ers will have even less to play for. I have no faith in this year’s 49ers to get it done against the better defenses in the game. Take the Rams to finish up strong and post a win here.
2015 Rams NFL Prediction
Vegas has the Total set at 7.5 wins- I like the Rams to eclipse that. 8-8 is what I see for St. Louis – slightly disappointing for a team with aspirations. But as always the Rams will focus on the good things they did and once again they will ponder their future in Los Angeles!
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