Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/14/13
(Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images) After a week 1 victory, many St. Louis Rams are feeling optimistic about their team. Some may even go far and predict the Rams will be making a playoff push. After grinding out a win against the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams have shown they are an improved team, but their record at the end of the season may prove otherwise. It is a long season and anything could happen to any given team, but if we break down the 16 regular season games into four quarters of the season, we can make a prediction of how the team will fair at seasons end. The St. Louis Rams got off on the right note starting the season with a W against a divisional opponent. It is the first time they won their season opener since 2006. The next three opponents are all considered to be playoff contending teams with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers being Super Bowl favorites. The Rams second game of the season comes against the Falcons with a familiar face lining up on the opposite side of the ball. Newly acquired running back Steven Jackson spent his first nine seasons with the Rams as the face of the franchise. Although many are hyping this to be a big game for Jackson, he is trying to stay focused and treat this as any other team. The Rams have one of the best corner tandems in the league, but they may struggle this game as they face a tough wide receiver duo in Roddy White and Julio Jones. Both Jones and White are questionable, but it is likely they will play and contribute to a Falcons victory. If the Rams have any chance at a second win during the first quarter of the season, the 3rd game against the Dallas Cowboys is theirs for the taking. The Cowboys started the season with a win against the Giants, but even though the G-men had a terrible game they almost came back. Tony Romo is a quarterback that struggles when the pocket collapses on him. The Rams front seven will look to pressure Romo the entire game. It could be a close game, but I can see the Rams squeezing out the second win of the season. The Rams had a lot of success against their divisional opponents last season. The team they played the closest last year was the 49ers. This season the Rams will not be as successful against their rivals. They will be lucky if they break even this year. Even though the Rams drafted linebacker Alec Ogletree to try and stop Colin Kaepernick, the 1st year player will see how fast the Niners quarterback could be. The Rams are in St. Louis for the first faceoff, but home field advantage will not make a difference, as the Rams will end the first quarter of the season with a 2-2 record. After watching their week 1 triumph against the Cardinals and a look at how their offense functioned as a unit, my early season prediction for the St. Louis Rams season record is an 8-8 finish. As each quarters passes by in the season, I will reevaluate how the Rams are playing and make new predictions. Make sure to check back in every four Rams games to see if there is any adjustment..
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Michael Bennett to Seahawks: Pay me or 'get rid of me'

Victor Cruz expects to be 'ready to go' for training camp

DeMarcus Cousins: All-NBA vote ‘absurd’ and ‘a joke’

Andrew Luck: Colts were 'gutsy' to keep Pagano, Grigson

White Sox suspend Chris Sale for 'destroying team equipment'


Report: Cubs pushing hard to land Aroldis Chapman

Report: Lesnar, Jones tested positive for same substance

Todd Bowles: Geno Smith 'can be a good starter' for Jets

Former 49ers OL: Gabbert will likely start over Kaepernick

Report: Le'Veon Bell recently completed DUI probation

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

10 NFL players set to become household names in 2016

Lou Holtz regrets making immigration 'joke' at RNC

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker