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Remaining Schedule: @ Buffalo, vs. Minnesota, @ Tampa Bay, @ Seattle
A month ago, the St. Louis Rams were in last place in their division, sitting at 3-5 in the visiting locker room of Candlestick Park, about to play the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers. Two wins, a tie and a loss later, the Rams are in the middle of the playoff picture.
It won't be easy for them to secure a playoff vacancy.
The Rams will need to win their four remaining games. That feat includes three road games, and the Rams have only won once on the road this season. They would have the tiebreaker against the 49ers, and by winning their Week 17 matchup in Seattle, they would have the advantage over Seahawks.
However, in combination with winning out, the Rams would need the Seahawks to lose one other game and the 49ers to lose three times to win the NFC West.
Winning a wild-card spot would be nearly as difficult. The Rams have already lost to Chicago and Green Bay. Their best shot is to get a lot of help and beat Seattle in Week 17, a team that is 5-0 at home this season, to earn the second wild-card spot.
It's not impossible for the Rams to make the playoffs, which in of itself speaks volumes to the job Jeff Fisher has done in St. Louis, but I don't suggest Rams fans should expect to see their team in the postseason.