EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams' record didn't change during the bye week, but that doesn't mean they didn't get at least one positive result while sitting at home.
The Washington Redskins lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and tumbled to 3-7 on the season. In a wide-open NFC East, the Redskins appear to be the one team that isn't going to be in the mix for the division crown until the end.
As we've documented in this weekly feature from the beginning of the season, the Rams hold Washington's first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the final prize from the trade that ultimately landed quarterback Robert Griffin III in our nation's capital.
Through Week 11, the Rams are in position to land a premium pick from the Redskins, a pick that would be No. 6 overall if the draft were today. The Rams' own pick currently sits at No. 14.
What's interesting to note is that things won't get much easier for the Redskins down the stretch. They host a San Francisco team battling for its playoff life this week, and still have two games against the suddenly surging New York Giants plus home dates against Kansas City and Dallas. Only a Dec. 15 trip to Atlanta looks like a more easily attainable win for Washington.
Last year, the Redskins closed with a seven-game win streak to win the NFC East and land in the playoffs. Such a surge seems far less likely now, and the Rams stand to benefit in a big way.