IR from Matthew Stafford underscores disaster scenario for Rams, NFL
Once upon a time, Hollywood loved to make disaster movies. Now, the primary local NFL team is playing in one.
Already at 3-8 through 11 games, the Rams are one of the worst defending Super Bowl champions of all time. (Of course, there are several franchises that would love to have that title.) And with quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford Now on injured reserve, it won’t get any better for the Rams.
It won’t get any better for the NFL.
Today’s game against the Seahawks has a smaller regional footprint. But the next three, all of which Stafford will miss, land in major, national, individual, non-flexible spots.
Thursday night, December 8: Ramsey raiders.
Monday Night, December 19: Packers at Rams.
Christmas Day: Ramsey Broncos.
Stink, stink, stink.
And nothing can be done about it. Rams are stuck. The NFL is stuck. The viewing public is stuck.
The good news is that something like this could get the NFL more creative when it comes to late-season scheduling. With the Sunday-to-Monday flex, why not make it a possibility for any and all individual, nationally-televised games from Thanksgiving through the end of the regular season?
Moving games to different days has been frowned upon by the league, as fans regularly schedule trips to distant cities to attend. With Sunday-Monday/Monday-Sunday shifts crossing that line, why not fully embrace it?
It’s a question that could become extremely important as we suffer through a trio of Rams games involving a Rams team that is a far cry from the Rams team that won the Super Bowl earlier this year.
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