First of all, I don't think I am alone when I say I never thought the Rams would be 5-2 heading into their bye week.
To put it another perspective, if the Rams defeat the Giants on Sunday--which they should--they will have a season record of 6-2. In 1999, en route to a Super Bowl XXXIV title, the Rams started out with six straight wins before losing to the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Giving them a record after 8 games of--you guessed it--6-2. Rams fans know the rest of that story. What makes it really incredible is that '99 team was coming of off a 4-12 season. Sounds familiar?
Now the not-so-good news. The Rams schedule the rest of the way is NOT easy, three games look they should be wins for sure. This includes Sunday's game at the New York Giants, plus division games in coming weeks against the Arizona Cardinals (minus Carson Palmer) and San Francisco 49ers, who made a trade with New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But this is the NFL, and division games in particular can be tough.
Even so, these are games the Rams are expected to win. Let's give them 3-0 on those match ups, which increases the their record to 8-2, if everything goes as planned.
However, six other remaining games of the 2017 schedule are NOT easy. They include battles with the once-beaten Eagles, plus tough road games with Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. A couple of home games against the New Orlean Saints and the Houston Texans are no walk in the park either, especially the way rookie phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson played on Sunday against he Seahawks!
As a Rams fan, I believe they can accomplish 4-2 record or better in those games. But the analyst in me knows how tough some of these games are, and let's face it, an occasional bump in the road is probably unavoidable. So let's predict they go 3-3 in the tougher games, or perhaps they go 4-2, but lay an egg in one of the three ''should win" games. Hey, it happens, “any given Sunday” right? Either way that brings me to my final prediction.
11-5 NFC West Winners