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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 15 if you are a Los Angeles Rams fan

The Rams are coming off a loss but are healthy on offense while vying for a playoff spot. We go over who L.A. fans should root for in Week 15.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams hands the ball off against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams fell to the Baltimore Ravens in an overtime thriller in Week 14. Down 31-28 after a Ravens’ comeback, the Rams were able to nail a field goal with seven seconds left to force OT. Baltimore would run back a punt in overtime to seal the victory, dropping the Rams to 6-7 on the season. The Rams are in 8th place in the NFC standings and with four games left, remain well positioned to land a spot with a few more wins. Let’s go over who Rams fans should be rooting for in Week 15.

Sunday update: After defeating the Commanders, the Rams — thanks to losses by the Vikings and Packers — have snuck their way into the seventh seed in the NFC, at 7-7.

Bengals vs. Vikings

Result: The Vikings lost in overtime to the Bengals after blowing a 17-3 lead. The Vikings are now only a half-game up on the Rams in the wild-card race.

Cincinnati and Minnesota face each other on Saturday afternoon. The Bengals are coming off a pair of improbable wins without QB Joe Burrow. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 3-0 in Week 14 to move to 7-6 on the season. Minnesota is in 6th place and is vulnerable with the QB situation shaky. So a loss for the Vikings would allow the Rams to tie Minnesota at 7-7 this week. It opens up the 6th seed; it’s unrealistic to think any of these 6-7 teams can overtake the Eagles at 10-3 in 5th place. The Bengals are 3-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook at home.

Bucs vs. Packers

Result: The Bucs beat the Packers 34-20 to move to 7-7 on the season. The Packers fall to 6-8 and the Rams have a chance to move into the 7-seed in the NFC standings with a win.

The other team ahead of the Rams in the NFC standings is the Packers at 6-7. Green Bay defeated the Rams earlier in the season and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. That means the Packers losing games is paramount to Los Angeles jumping them in the standings. The Packers are 3.5-point favorites over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.

Eagles vs. Seahawks

Right behind the Rams in the NFC playoff picture are the division rival Seahawks. Seattle has a tough home game against the Eagles, who we mentioned are firmly in 5th place but still not out of the question for the Nos. 1 or 2 seeds in the NFC. The Eagles are coming off back-to-back tough losses and really need a win this week to keep their NFC East title chances alive. Philly is a 4-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook on the road on Monday Night Football.