ST. LOUIS -- As if the St. Louis Rams' second consecutive heartbreaking loss wasn't bad enough, their hopes of earning another high draft pick courtesy of the Washington Redskins also took a hit Sunday in equally disappointing fashion.
The Rams' 28-21 loss to Tennessee came in an extremely winnable game, a game there for the taking. Meanwhile, in our nation's capital, Washington appeared on the verge of dropping a home game to the San Diego Chargers.
Instead, the Chargers failed to score from the 1-yard line with three shots at getting a victory in regulation. They weren't able to convert and the Redskins won 30-24 in overtime to improve to 3-5 on the season.
Last week in this space, we discussed the schedules the Rams and Redskins face down the back half of the season. The Rams' second half shapes up as the toughest in the league while Washington's looks like one of the easiest in the NFL. One week in, the proof is in the pudding.
Don't look now but the 3-5 Redskins are only a game and a half out of first place in the NFC East Division while the 3-6 Rams are languishing on a three-game losing streak and five games behind NFC West leader Seattle.
As it stands, both of the Rams' first round picks would fall in the eight to 12 range.