Rams could win big prize before playing

December, 26, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has plenty on his mind this week as he prepares his team for its toughest challenge yet, a season finale at Seattle.

Playing spoiler for the NFC West division rival Seahawks would be a nice parting gift for the 2013 edition of the Rams but they could actually pick up a prize much bigger before the first whistle even blows at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.

If two results from the early games go their way, Fisher and the Rams could own the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft as the final piece of the 2012 pre-draft trade they made with the Redskins.

It's a possibility Fisher insists he hasn't given much thought to but one that would be almost impossible for he and the Rams to ignore.

“No, I don’t even know who they’re playing,” Fisher said.

In games that start at 1 p.m. ET, the Redskins visit the New York Giants and the Houston Texans visit the Tennessee Titans. All four teams involved in those game have losing records and haven't been the picture of much consistency this season so predicting the outcomes of those game might be a futile exercise.

However, the Rams know this much: If Houston wins and Washington loses, the Rams will almost certainly own the No. 1 pick in the draft by virtue of the strength of schedule tiebreaker Washington would hold over Houston. Both teams would have a 3-13 record in that scenario.

Scoreboard watching at this time of year is generally reserved for teams hoping to make the playoffs but short of that you'd be hard pressed to find any better outcome from games you're not involved in than potentially landing the first pick in the draft.

“Those things take care of itself," Fisher said. "I’m not going to be too awfully concerned about it. I’ll be more focused on the Seahawks.”

As we covered in this week's edition of Redskins Watch, there are many other permutations of how things could work out but most of them end up with the Rams picking no worse than third.

By the time they kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET in Seattle on Sunday, St. Louis will already know just how extravagant the final gift from that trade with Washington is going to be.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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