Rams will rebound, but not past Buccaneers

Saturday, September 6, 2003

Week 1 at New York GiantsThe Giants have been stewing about last year's special teams meltdown long enough, and the Rams know they need a fast start to the season.

Rams (1-0) 20, Giants 17

Week 2 San Francisco 49ersThe 49ers have a four game losing streak in the Ed, and it continues in Week 2.

Rams (2-0) 35, 49ers 20

Week 3 at Seattle SeahawksThe Seahawks defense comes to play, and the Rams have to gut out another close one on the road.

Rams (3-0) 17, Seahawks 10

Week 4 Arizona CardinalsAn improved Cardinals team shows up in St. Louis with a little confidence of their own -- only to be destroyed.

Rams (4-0) 38, Cardinals 14

Week 5Bye

Week 6 Atlanta FalconsMike Vick tricks the St. Louis defense into 80 yards on the ground and 250 through the air.

Falcons 28, Rams (4-1) 24

Week 7 Green Bay PackersBrett Farve's experience in domes has been horrific. He'll have nightmares after this one.

Rams (5-1) 30, Packers 10

Week 8 at Pittsburgh SteelersThe Rams and Steelers have split their last four contests, and the Rams are due.

Rams (6-1) 32, Steelers 7

Week 9 at SF 49ersThe Rams have a familiar swagger and pick up right where they left off against the 49ers.

Rams (7-1) 26, 49ers 14

Week 10 Baltimore RavensThe Ravens are on top of their weak AFC North division thanks to an athletic defense.

Ravens 19, Rams (7-2) 13

Week 11 at Chicago BearsIt's tough to beat the Bears on the road, especially without your starting quarterback.

Rams (8-2) 25, Bears 14

Week 12 at Arizona CardinalsThe Cards took a thumping in Week 4, and apparently they were upset about that.

Cards 30, Rams (8-3) 20

Week 13 Minnesota VikingsThe last time these two teams met was three years ago. Marshall Faulk went for 135, Torry Holt went for 172 and Kurt Warner went for 346, and the Rams won 40-29.

Rams (9-3) 40, Vikings 29

Week 14 at Cleveland BrownsMonday Night Football games apparently make the Rams nervous. They're 20-23 all-time in primetime but 13-10 on the road. The Rams take a shot of Pepto before the game to calm those butterflys.

Rams (10-3) 28, Browns 22

Week 15 Seattle SeahawksThe Seahawks love to play the role of spoiler, but surprisingly they're barely in wild-card contention -- and they're not about to spoil that.

Seahawks 30, Rams (10-4) 17

Week 16 Cincinnati BengalsI know I'll at least get this one right.

Rams (11-4) 42, Bengals 2

Week 17 at Detroit Lions It was a good year for the Lions -- anything is better than last year. But the Rams had a better one.

Rams (12-4) 40, Lions 10

NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Atlanta FalconsThe Falcons have improved their playoff squad of last year, more noticeably at the wide receiver position. Despite the early season injury, Vick revives his team, but like last year Vick still doesn't have the stamina to carry the Birds deep into the playoffs.

Rams (13-4)32, Falcons 26

NFC Championship vs. Tampa Bay BucsThe NFC is the weaker of the two conferences this year, and that parity gives any team a chance to win it. Moreover, a defending champion should never be counted out, and the Rams struggle against the Bucs.

Bucs 13, Rams (13-5)10

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