Not often in recent memory have St. Louis Rams fans been able to look at the second half of the season with any optimism.
Mostly, the last eight games of a Rams season are spent analyzing potential free agents and mock draft boards for next year.
This season, there is no mention of "next year" for these Rams. These Rams still believe there is work left to do.
In a season preview piece I wrote back in August, I said that the Rams, as constructed, were a five- or six-win team.
I thought Jeff Fisher might coach the players up for a couple more wins, but it was too much to expect anything better than a 6-10 season. I still see that as the Rams' record this year.
If the Rams can figure out how to win on the road, which starts and ends with more consistent play from Sam Bradford, the Rams can find their way to 7-9 or even 8-8.
The Rams will probably be favored in only one of their eight remaining games (Week 11 vs. New York Jets). With the rest of the home schedule calling for games against San Francisco and Minnesota, there will be no sure victories coming the Rams' way.
Here are my game-by-game predictions for the second half of the Rams' season.