- Week 9: at New York Giants (1-6)
The Los Angeles Rams head off of their bye week straight to the East Coast to take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Don’t let the records fool you, however, as this game is going to be a lot closer than some people think, even with the depleted Giants’ offense. With rain likely, the Southern California Rams could struggle in conditions the Giants are used to.
This could lead to a big game on the ground for Todd Gurley. The passing game likely will not be great, so the Rams must mix it up and keep the Giants’ defense on their toes. Do not expect a high-scoring affair, or even a fun game to watch. However, the Rams will pull away. 17-10, Rams.
- Week 10: vs Houston Texans (3-4)
The Rams return home to square off against the Houston Texans and the red-hot Deshaun Watson. Watson has been playing incredible, throwing for 1699 yards and 19 touchdowns in six starts. With the Houston defense taking a hit with the loss of J.J. Watt, this could be an offensive showcase similar to the 41-38 loss against the Seahawks.
This game all comes down to Jared Goff’s ability to manage a game and sling it down the field. However, although the Rams may be the better all-around team, Watson has just been too good and will eat away at the Rams defense until it folds. 33-24, Texans.
Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
The Rams’ week 11 contest in Minnesota may be the perfect telling of who is a contender, and who may be a pretender. Nobody expected the Rams to be this good through eight weeks and nobody could have thought the Vikings would be 6-2 without Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater or Dalvin Cook.
Although the Vikings are 6-2, their wins are not the most convincing. In the last four weeks, they have defeated the Bears, an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, the Ravens and the Browns. Outside of the Packers, the only winning team the Vikings have beat are the Saints, in week one, with Sam Bradford having the game of his life. 20-10, Rams.
End of week 11 record: 7-3.