LONDON, ENGLAND (FootballStL) -- I have put on my blue and gold sunglasses before and been fooled. Sometimes when the team was good and sometimes when they were bad I have been fooled into thinking they will win a game that they shouldn’t. I might be putting on those glasses again, despite the history, because you get the vibe this week in London that the Rams may have a surprise in store for the Patriots come Sunday. As hard as that is to believe, especially when you looked at the schedule in April, I believe that there is a legitimate chance that the Rams could pull off the upset here in London.
The easiest sign to the Rams pulling the upset are the records. I go back to a Bill Parcells saying, “You are what your record says you are.” The Rams are 3-4, the Patriots are 4-3. That is an even matchup if you go by that philosophy. Clearly strength of schedule figures into that, but it shows that the gap may not be as far as you think.
Second, The Rams are better and the Patriots appear to be worse. The question for both is of course how much better and how much worse? The Rams have already won more games than they did all of last season so clearly they are significantly better. The Patriots on the other hand do not look like the Super Bowl team they were last year. Again, how much has that gap been closed? We’ll find out on Sunday.
Another good sign for the Rams is that the Patriots have been awful against the NFC West. They lost at home to the Arizona Cardinals when Stephen Gostkowski wildly missed a field goal after the Patriots moved into scoring position to win the game. Then a few weeks later the Patriots blew a 13 point lead with under 8 minutes to go in the game against the Seattle Seahawks. Could the Rams be the recipient of some good NFC West magic? Maybe not, but it is another possibility.
Need another sign? Here you go. The Patriots are awful right now in the secondary. They are currently 29th against the pass in the NFL. Last week Mark Sanchez, who has been bashed by everyone lately, threw for 328 yards. There is clearly a way to get deep on them right now. Will the Rams be able to hold off the Patriots pass rush for Sam Bradford to have that kind of day? Who knows? But, that could be another way the Rams can win this game.
Finally, this is a feel thing for me but, I think that Bill Belichick screwed up by not bringing the Patriots over to London sooner. It took me two days to get acclimated to the time changes and no one was going to hit me as I was walking down the hallways of my hotel. Could the Patriots be a little groggy at game-time because of his decision to come to London so late?
Also Belichick has all but said I don’t want to be here and I don’t want my team here. That has been consistent from his comments in Boston this week and now over in England. Then yesterday he had to practice in a public park because the ballroom at their hotel was not available for them to hold a walkthrough. For a control freak like Belichick I can’t believe that didn’t add to his mood.
I believe that a strong leader’s attitude, like what Belichick has, could effect on field performance. He has a bad attitude like this and if all of a sudden things don’t go their way early then things might start seeping into his own players minds, making them lose focus on the actual game.
Jeff Fisher has done a great job this week of getting the team ready for Sunday. It could wind up for the Rams like last week against the Packers, where the Rams were clearly outclassed. But, there have been enough little signs left around that gives you hope. I’m not saying the Rams will win on Sunday. But, I am saying there is a chance.