Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stuck on Seven? Surveying the Rams Schedule; NFL PREVIEW - ANALYSIS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stuck on Seven? Surveying the Rams Schedule; NFL PREVIEW - ANALYSIS

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After the Sam Bradford injury, Post-Dispatch football writer Jim Thomas sees the Rams finishing with seven victories for the third consecutive season. Then again, Thomas thought the 1999 Rams would finish 4-12 following Trent Green's injury.

SEPT. 7 VS. MINNESOTA, Noon

This time around, the Rams won't be calling any blitzes on first- and-10 from the Vikings' 18. As a result, there won't be any 82- yard TD runs by the great Adrian Peterson.

RAMS 27, VIKINGS 16

SEPT. 14 @ TAMPA BAY, 3:05 p.m.

Mid-September in Tampa usually means high temperatures in the upper 80s. Can the Rams beat the heat and coach Lovie Smith's Cover 2 defense? Survey says ... No!

BUCCANEERS 20, RAMS 17

SEPT. 21 VS. DALLAS, Noon

America's Team has become America's Study in Mediocrity, and this year is no different. Cowboys usually cream the Rams in Dallas, but we're not in Dallas this year, are we?

RAMS 34, COWBOYS 17

OCT. 5 @ PHILADELPHIA, Noon

Chip Kelly's up-tempo scheme has the Rams' defense huffing and puffing by the fourth quarter. The Rams get after Nick Foles but can't corral LeSean McCoy at the Linc.

EAGLES 30, RAMS 20

OCT. 13 VS. SAN FRANCISCO, 7:30 p.m.

With the heroes of 1999 on hand for the Greatest Show on Turf reunion game, Rams feed off that energy to avenge last season's prime time debacle with a Monday night win.

RAMS 23, 49ers 19

OCT. 19 VS. SEATTLE, Noon

Two in a row vs. the best of the NFC West? That's asking a lot. Banged up after a physical contest vs. the 49ers, the Rams can't topple the reigning Super Bowl champs.

SEAHAWKS 17, RAMS 13

OCT. 26 @ KANSAS CITY, NOON

Since the move to St. Louis in 1995, Rams have lost both regular- season contests in Arrowhead by a combined score of 103-44. Once again, they drown in the sea of red.

CHIEFS 26, RAMS 13

NOV. 2 @ SAN FRANCISCO, 3:05 p.m.

Rams were winless in their last six games at Candlestick Park. Things are no different in inaugural visit to Levi's Stadium, as 49ers avoid sweep against their longtime rivals. …

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