NFL Nation reporters: Rams go 5-11

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- On Tuesday morning, all 32 of our NFL Nation reporters revealed their game-by-game predictions for the teams they cover.

As you probably saw (and didn't like, I get it, it's just a prediction, nothing personal) I picked the St. Louis Rams to finish 6-10. It doesn't mean I think the Rams won't be competitive this season, just that it's going to be hard to get to .500 or better against a difficult schedule with a backup quarterback and an offensive line with some major health risks, while counting on so many young players to take a big step forward.

Anyway, I saw that Giants reporter Dan Graziano did a post looking at how the other reporters viewed the Giants and compared it to his prediction for the team he covers. Dan stole the idea from Browns reporter Pat McManamon who did the same thing. I figured I'd take a look to see how reporters viewed the Rams from the outside. I don't think Dan or Pat will mind. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ... or something like that.

When you add it up, the NFL Nation reporters combined to have the Rams one game worse than where I have them, checking in at 5-11.

You can click on each reporter's name for a look at his predictions. Each projected record for the season is next to the reporter's name.

Week 1 vs. Minnesota

My pick: Rams

Ben Goessling (7-9): Vikings

Week 2 at Tampa Bay

My pick: Buccaneers

Pat Yasinskas (8-8): Buccaneers

Week 3 vs. Dallas

My pick: Rams

Todd Archer (8-8): Rams

Week 5 at Philadelphia

My pick: Eagles

Phil Sheridan (11-5): Eagles

Week 6 vs. San Francisco ("Monday Night Football")

My pick: 49ers

Paul Gutierrez (11-5): Rams

Week 7 vs. Seattle

My pick: Seahawks

Terry Blount (13-3): Seahawks

Week 8 at Kansas City

My pick: Rams

Adam Teicher (8-8): Chiefs

Week 9 at San Francisco

My pick: 49ers

Paul Gutierrez (11-5): 49ers

Week 10 at Arizona

My pick: Cardinals

Josh Weinfuss (9-7): Cardinals

Week 11 vs. Denver

My pick: Broncos

Jeff Legwold (12-4): Rams

Week 12 at San Diego

My pick: Chargers

Eric Williams (10-6): Chargers

Week 13 vs. Oakland

My pick: Rams

Bill Williamson (6-10): Rams

Week 14 at Washington

My pick: Redskins

John Keim (7-9): Redskins

Week 15 vs. Arizona

My pick: Rams

Josh Weinfuss (9-7): Cardinals

Week 16 vs. New York Giants

My pick: Rams

Dan Graziano (8-8): Rams

Week 17 at Seattle

My pick: Seahawks

Terry Blount (13-3): Seahawks

As you can see, I differ with Goessling on the Vikings' game right off the bat. If the Rams do lose this opener, it could be a really long season. The Rams need to win at least two of their first three, if not all three, before starting the brutal stretch from Week 5 to Week 12.

Gutierrez and Legwold have the Rams knocking off the Niners and Broncos, respectively, both picks that are reasonable and that I strongly considered in my own projections. The Rams have had a knack for beating teams nobody expects them to cover the past two years and then dropping a game or two they probably should win. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Rams beat the Niners and/or Broncos at home like they did with the likes of New Orleans and Chicago last season.

Anyway, these are just predictions and they are subject to change in the weekly predictions we'll all make as the season goes on. The reality is that none of us know anything for certain when it comes to these right now. The real fun is about to begin and the guesswork will soon turn into actual information.