Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Rams no match for early schedule
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams could have used a little help from their schedule as they tried to gain momentum and confidence following their 3-13 record last season.
- Opening at Philadelphia qualifies as a tough draw any season. I thought the Eagles would be particularly tough this season (they were my preseason pick for the Super Bowl). They have been even better than expected early in the season.
- The Giants, basically an 8-8 team for much of the Tom Coughlin era, won a Super Bowl while becoming one of the toughest road teams in NFL history just in time for their Week 2 game at St. Louis.
- The Seahawks, though wobbled by injuries, are almost always tough to beat at Qwest Field.
- Next up for the Rams: a date with the 3-0 Bills. I figured Buffalo would improve this season, but never did I expect quarterback Trent Edwards to become this good this quickly. The Bills are perfectly suited for blowing out the Rams because they possess a physical running back and a big-play receiver in Lee Evans.
The Rams have now lost seven consecutive games dating to last season. They haven't scored more than 13 points during any of their first three games. They have scored 16 or fewer points in 12 of 19 games over the last two seasons. Things could get worse in St. Louis before they get better. And that is hard to fathom.