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..
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