By Danny Cox
Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams had a 5-8 record and were heading toward a rather decent pick in next year’s NFL draft. Now, they’ve won two in a row and are looking at getting one more victory and finishing the season with a .500 record so that they can prove even injuries and other problems won’t keep them down.
The only problem is that the Rams are seriously jeopardizing their chance at a top 10 pick in the next NFL draft, but that doesn’t seem to bother them.
Looking back when they were 5-8, it appeared as if the Rams were going to get a decent pick since they had already been eliminated from the playoffs. At that point, some fans really would have hoped the team would tank the rest of the season, but that isn’t what Kellen Clemens, Zac Stacy, and the rest of the Rams are about.
Head coach Jeff Fisher would love nothing more than to finish the year without a losing record, but it’s going to take a victory over the NFC-leading Seattle Seahawks.
A divisional game with a rival Seattle team is going to help the Rams end the season in a big way, but they want it to end with a victory. Worrying about a higher draft pick is the last thing they are concerned with.
St. Louis has something else on their mind.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were upset by the Arizona Cardinals this past week and it stopped them from clinching more than the playoff spot than they already have.
Now, the Rams can do it again and hurt Seattle even more.
Seattle controls its own destiny. With a victory over the St. Louis Rams, the Seahawks will win the NFC West, receive a first-round bye in the playoffs, and secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as well.
Should the Seahawks lose to the Rams, they’re going to need a lot more help to get all of that. They’ll need the San Francisco 49ers to lose to the Arizona Cardinals. The Carolina Panthers could also spell trouble for the Seahawks if they were to lose because they could notch a victory over the Atlanta Falcons and finish with a similar 12-4 record.
Right now, the Rams should be focusing on next year, but they aren’t.
The Rams should be looking ahead to 2014, but they won’t.
The Rams should be concerned with who their first-round draft pick will be, but they don’t care.
Right now, the Rams are concerned with their final game of the 2013 season, finishing with a .500 record, ending on a high note, and making life difficult for the Seattle Seahawks.
For more Rams news and updates, visit Rams Central.
Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.