In the first seven weeks of the season, St. Louis travels to Denver and Oakland and twice faces San Francisco, which has won the last 13 meetings between the two teams. Even though they are tied with the Jets for the most losses in this decade and have finished no better than 7-9 during that span, the Rams believe they're a playoff-caliber team. By mid-October, we should have a good idea whether they're right.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
NFL rank: 9 (tied)
Opponents' 1996 winning percentage: .512
Games against playoff teams: 6