The Rams lost their first two preseason games to the Chargers and Raiders by identical 34-17 scores. An 0-3 finish is entirely conceivable.
That might sound familiar.
In 2021, the Rams went 0-3 in the preseason against the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos yet wound up winning the Super Bowl.
These games are important not just for coaches to make those final on-the-fence decisions, but also for players who are not going to make the roster to open doors elsewhere.
“It’s important for them to be able to showcase their skill sets and do well,” coach Sean McVay said, “so that when other teams look on that film, if it’s not for us, that they get an opportunity to be able to continue on their playing career. That’s always been an important thing for us.”
So in one sense, these preseason games mean a lot. In another sense, they’re often an unreliable indicator of what’s to come.