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The Los Angeles Rams took the lead as their playoff fate balanced in the final week of the regular season. But they beat a division foe in the Arizona Cardinals, to earn a playoff spot, and staged a battle with another division foe: the Seattle Seahawks.
But just because the Rams have arrived doesn’t mean all is well. With Jared Goff treating a dislocated thumb, the Rams turned to John Wolford, who had never played in an NFL game. Wolford had an inspired performance, and it was fun watching the Rams open up the run options in the playbook to take advantage of his legs.
Do the Rams have a tough decision to make as a quarterback? Who knows. They might find it a very easy decision.
But what we do know is that you singing fans think Wolford deserved a second start. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts poll (which you should sign up for, by the way), more than three-quarters of Rams fans want Wolford to be under center on Saturday.
There may be some controversy between the quarterbacks, but fans are still optimistic about the team. Fan confidence more than doubled after the Week 17 win, with 78% of Rams fans saying the team was going in the right direction, after just 36% believed it last week.
The Rams are part of a swollen playoff pitch this season and the NFL is hoping to make a splash with all six games this weekend. One of those games, between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, will air on Nickelodeon along with other more traditional viewing options.
This decision was clearly made in the hope of attracting a younger fan base. But the fanbase in general is much less enthusiastic, as only 20% of fans said they would watch any of Nickelodeon’s shows. In line with that, only about a third of NFL fans thought extending the broadcast to a children’s station was a smart idea.
The Rams game, on the other hand, can be found on Fox.
They’ve made it to week 18 – let’s see if they can make it up to week 19.
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