In my Monday blog, I wrote the Rams were eliminated from the playoff race, and for all intents and purposes, they did eliminate themselves with last week’s loss to the Vikings. It’s all over when the fat lady sings and she is warming up. Mathematically, the St. Louis Rams remain in the playoff picture. They no longer control their own destiny and need a lot of crazy wacky things to happen to keep them alive.
When asked about the Rams still having a mathematical chance of reaching the playoffs Coach Fisher had this to say, “There is a slim chance, rather have slim chance over no chance at all. Remember Dumb and Dumber? When he said 1 in 100, and she says not even 1 in a million (laughter), so we have at least 1 in a million chance, there is a chance”.
Each conference will have four divisional champions for a total of eight teams, there will also be two wild card representatives from each conference for a total of twelve teams that head to post season play and have a shot at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. The Rams currently sit as the 10th seed in the NFC and again are mathematically in the hunt. The teams currently ahead of the Rams are the New York Giants (8-6-0 9th seed), Dallas Cowboys (8-6-0 8th seed), Chicago Bears (8-6-0 7th seed), Vikings (8-6-0 6th seed), Seattle Seahawks (9-5-0 5th seed) and Washington Redskins (8-6-0 4th seed). Both the Atlanta Falcons (12-2-0 1st seed) and Green Bay Packers (10-4-0 3rd seed) have already clinched their divisions, while San Francisco (10-3-1 2nd seed) has clinched a playoff berth, but the NFC West division will be decided in a showdown in Seattle of what is being billed as a defensive battle (NFL defensive rankings San Francisco #2, Seattle #3) in the game of the week.
The Rams’ all-time leading rusher Steven Jackson currently has 10,002 career rushing yards leading the NFL and an impressive active list of players; 2. Frank Gore (8,743), 3. Adrian Peterson (8,564) 4. Willis McGahee (8,097) 5. Maurice Jones-Drew (7,268). SJ39 needs only 91 yards to eclipse another 1,000 yard season, making him the only running back in NFL history to have eight straight seasons of 1,000 yards or more.
Rams Injury Report
Did not Participate; CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), CB Bradley Fletcher (illness), RB Steven Jackson (illness), LB James Laurinaitis (back), DE Robert Quinn (illness), OC Scott Wells (knee)