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The 2013 Rams are typically viewed as a disappointment, and that’s hard to debate, considering the team was expected to compete for a spot in the playoffs this year.
In the recent past, a down year for the Rams typically meant between one and three wins (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011). Now, apparently six wins is a disaster year.
Just a few years ago, seven wins was considered a rebound year for the Rams (2010, 2012). So what will a rebound year look like with this new set of standards? Will it be 10 or 12 wins?
The point is, the bar has been raised in St. Louis, regardless of the disappointing 2013 results. This team is no longer a bottom-feeder.
Basement-dwelling teams don’t win games by lopsided scores multiple times in a season. They don’t beat playoff-caliber teams on the road (Indianapolis Colts) and they certainly don’t knock off the Saints in a dome.
The Rams have been disappointing this season, but at least certain games have made it clear that St. Louis’ problems are youth and inconsistency—not talent.