The Los Angeles Rams just notched a massive victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football to close out Week 14. The win improves the Rams to 9-4. The NFL playoffs are just a few weeks away, but no team has officially clinched a spot yet. LA has a legitimate chance to lock one up in Week 15. Here’s how the Rams can get the job done.
The Rams can clinch playoff berth with a win and some help
The LA Rams are riding high after their win over Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. Sean McVay’s squad now takes their 9-4 record into another divisional matchup against the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium.
Before the Week 13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, LA went on a three-game losing streak. Questions emerged about whether or not their all-in efforts would pay off.
Defeating Arizona may shift the momentum in the Rams’ favor, though. However, the parity in the NFL is at an all-time high in 2021, so they need to keep winning.
LA can clinch a playoff berth in Week 15 with a win over the Seahawks plus some extra help. The Rams also need the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings to lose.
The Saints travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. The Vikings will be on the road against the Chicago Bears.
The Rams need some help, but they must take care of business against Seattle first.
LA is still in play for the NFC West title
If the season ended today, the LA Rams would be the 5-seed in the NFC. However, there’s also a path for them to win the NFC West still.
With the Monday Night Football loss, the Arizona Cardinals dropped to 10-3. Kliff Kingsbury and company are still in first place in the division, but the Rams are nipping at their heels.
LA tied up the season series with the Week 14 victory. The Cardinals convincingly won the first meeting by a score of 37-20. With four games left in the regular season, the NFC West crown is still up for grabs.
The Rams close the 2021 season with matchups against the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and San Francisco 49ers.
Arizona still has to face the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, and the Seahawks.
If the Cardinals continue to play like they did in Week 14, and the Rams win out, LA could steal the top spot from their division foes before the NFL playoffs.
What other NFC teams can clinch playoff spot in Week 15?
The LA Rams aren’t the only team who can clinch a playoff berth in Week 15. According to NFL Research, several teams have an inside track to lock up a spot in their next game.
The Green Bay Packers are currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They don’t need to win to clinch a playoff berth this week. Instead, they clinch with losses by the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay can also lock up the NFC North with a win and a Minnesota Vikings loss.
The Dallas Cowboys secure a playoff berth with a win and a loss by either the Saints or 49ers.
The Arizona Cardinals would clinch a spot in the NFL playoffs with a victory and losses by the Vikings and either the Saints or 49ers.
Fortunately for the Rams, Arizona cannot clinch the NFC West just yet. Sean McVay’s crew still has plenty of work to do to reach the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.