While not eliminated from playoff contention, the St. Louis Rams are very close to seeing their postseason hopes end - something that's already happened for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Rams look to get back on track after a damaging loss with their fourth win in five games when they visit the sinking Bucs on Sunday.
A three-game win streak bolstered St. Louis' chances to end an eight-year postseason drought, but the Rams couldn't continue their late roll last week, falling 36-22 to Minnesota.
With four 8-6 teams also contending for the final NFC playoff berth, the Rams' chances are extremely faint, and St. Louis (6-7-1) may be relegated to trying to finish above .500 for the first time since 2003.
"We're going to try to get better these next few weeks," quarterback Sam Bradford said. "Win two games and build on that going into next year."
Bradford threw for a career-high 377 yards and three touchdowns last week, and he'll next face a Tampa Bay team allowing a league-worst 310...