The St. Louis Rams got their first win against the New Orleans Saints in a game that proved to be a major statement for the Rams, who were 0-6 and struggling greatly, but under their backup quarterback, they beat one of the best teams in the league, 31-21.
The Rams were 7-9 last year and nearly won the NFC West. They have the talent to be better than a 1-6 team. Here is why I think the Rams could turn a corner after this win.
The Rams have a solid running game and should use it more. Steven Jackson has had a solid year so far, playing very well in the games he has played, and Cadillac Williams serves as a very serviceable backup.
On Sunday, the Rams proved if they run the ball more with Jackson, they will have more success as a team. They need to give the ball to Jackson more, and this will likely open up a passing game that is handled by a good quarterback in Sam Bradford.
Sam Bradford proved last year that he can play quarterback in the NFL, and this year, while his team hasn't gotten off to a very good start, he has played well considering the circumstances. For the most part, Bradford has made some good throws that have been dropped by receivers or cancelled out due to stupid penalties.
Bradford has the ability to make some big throws in the NFL, he just needs a better receiving corps. Perhaps the newest acquisition of Brandon Lloyd will help this.
On Sunday, the Rams were able to stop one of the best offenses in the league in the New Orleans Saints. This is quite an accomplishment, and it wasn't a fluke.
Despite being run on by the Packers, Eagles and Cowboys, the Rams have done well on defense in many of their games, particularly in Week 4 against the Redskins, as they nearly brought the Rams back into the game after being down 17-0, but it was the Rams offense that wasn't able to cash in on the turnovers the Rams defense caused.
The defense even stopped the Packers from scoring in the second half of the game it played against them, and while the Packers still won by three scores, it could have been a lot worse playing against the Super Bowl champs.
The Rams had the misfortune of having the most difficult part of their schedule at the beginning of the year, playing the Eagles, Giants, Packers, Cowboys and Saints all in the first seven games. However, now that they have finished with the Saints, they face the struggling Cardinals, Browns and Seahawks in back-to-back weeks.
The Rams are not realistically in it at this point, standing at 1-6, but with a very soft schedule, they may be able to make their season at least competitive.
Standing at 1-6 in the NFC North or the AFC East would have been a problem, but standing at 1-6 in the NFC West still could give a team some hope. Despite the fact the 49ers are standing at 6-1 with an easy schedule down the road, they could easily stumble, and if the Rams continue to play like they did Sunday, a comeback isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Although the Rams have a very tough road if they want to make the playoffs, in the division anything can happen. This was proved last year when the 7-9 Seahawks won the division and made the playoffs.