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On the Rams' chances for a free fall

Predictions that a rough early schedule might doom the St. Louis Rams will be difficult to refute at this rate.

They've fallen behind the Baltimore Ravens by a 27-0 score at halftime in the Edward Jones Dome. Sam Bradford is averaging 1.1 yards per attempt. Torrey Smith's three scoring receptions have blown open concerns about depth in the Rams' secondary.

The Rams could easily be 1-6 or worse heading to Arizona for their Week 9 game at Arizona. A heavy dose of NFC West teams late in the year should help the Rams' chances in the division, provided they get healthier and play better than this.

In the meantime, they're home against Washington, then come out of their bye with road games against Green Bay and Dallas, with New Orleans waiting on the other side.