The difference between being 10-6 versus 6-10 in today's NFL is very small.
Converting an extra first down or forcing the opponent to punt one more time per game, over the course of the season, can change a couple of those losses into wins.
Injuries are the same. You've got to be a little lucky when it comes to managing a team's health and the next man up must be ready.
The Rams lost two members of their defensive line early in the season. Trevor Laws is out for the season on IR with a knee injury, and first-round pick Michael Brockers still has a few weeks left before he will return from a nasty ankle sprain.
Brockers' return is a necessity for the Rams as teams will start to double team Chris Long and Robert Quinn more.
Steven Jackson appears to be nursing a sore groin, and while Daryl Richardson has filled in admirably, this team needs its best player on the field at all times.
Most importantly for the Rams, and their $78 million quarterback, is the health of the offensive line.
Who hasn't been sidelined with an injury?
Center Scott Wells has been put on the IR recall list with a broken foot.
Guard Rokevious Watkins joined Wells on IR, but he'll be gone for the entire season with a severe ankle injury.
Tackle Rodger Saffold gets carted off the field one week with a neck injury, miraculously starts the next week against Washington, and then promptly sprains his MCL. He looks to be gone for at least a month.
Bodies are getting brought back in to starting roles after being cut in training camp. Players are shifting assignments on the line at a moment's notice.
That Bradford was only sacked one time last week is a testament to line coach Paul Boudreau and the rest of the offensive staff under Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer.