ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The Rams and the word “playoffs” have not been in same sentence this late into the season in a long time. But this year’s Rams team, full of rookies and inexperience, has an outside shot at making the playoffs for the first since 2004.
Currently, the Bears (8-4) and Seahawks (7-5) have a grip on the two NFC wild-card spots. The Rams (5-6-1) then trail four teams with a 6-6 record (Redskins, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Vikings), but still remain in the hunt.
“You know, this team is focused on Buffalo,” head coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday. “That’s our next opponent.”
As for how the players feel, Chris Long reiterated Fisher’s stance on the playoff chatter.
“Honestly, I absolutely don’t think that way. I know people are constantly asking what are your chances and this, that and the other, but I’ve learned to just take things one week at a time,” Long said. “That’s all you can do. There’s too much to worry about this Sunday to worry about anything else but this Sunday.”
The team will face the Bills (5-7), who are also in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the AFC, this Sunday in Buffalo.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey says his team has taken a look at where they are in the playoff hunt, but like the Rams they are focused on this week’s game.
“I think you talk about it. I do not think you just do not talk about it, but at the same time I think it is one game at a time and you do the very best that you can each game,” Gailey said. “I have said you work as hard as you can work, win as many as you can win and after 12 games you stick your head up and see where you are. Then you put your head back down and you go to the end.”
At this point, the Bills trail the Steelers by two games for the final wild-card spot.
“I mean there is an outside hope,” Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “Anything that keeps you going, but as a professional you have to be able to just go out there and put everything you have into the game. You are playing because this league is too good and the players are too good to either “A” overlook anybody or “B” have your mind elsewhere during a game.”
The Rams will likely need to win its final four games for any chance of making the playoffs. The team will have a chance to catch up to the other contenders in each of their final three games this season. After this week, the team will play the Vikings, Buccaneers and Seahawks.