The St. Louis Rams are completely out of the playoff picture at 2-11, but they can still make their presence known by playing spoiler against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. As it turns out, the eight-man panel of experts at ESPN doesn't see an upset happening. They have unanimously picked the Bengals to win on Sunday, which does fit well into established patterns this season. The Rams have been downright awful most weeks, while the Bengals have feasted upon sub-.500 teams to build their season.
Here is how the panel feels about the other NFC West teams:
- There is an 8-0 consensus that the Arizona Cardinals will take down the Cleveland Browns.
- A 7-1 split favoring the Chicago Bears over the Seattle Seahawks, with Seth Wickersham -- the second-most accurate man on the panel -- as the only dissenter in the group.
- A surprising 5-2 split siding with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. Jaworski abstains from picking the game he calls each week, while Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter went with the 49ers.
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