On Sunday, the 0-6 St. Louis Rams met up with the 5-0 Indianapolis Colts and the result was just what you'd expect: a 42-6 blowout by the Colts. Rarely do two teams with such a disparity in records meet at this point in the season; you'll remember that towards the end of the 2007 season, the Patriots -- on pace for a 16-0 season -- played against the Miami Dolphins, who finished the season 1-15.
But the historical-ness didn't stop there. Peyton Manning's streak of consecutive 300-yard games stopped at five, falling one game short of a record held by Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Rich Gannon. He did not come away empty-handed however; with 3,989 career completions, Manning passed Warren Moon for fourth place on the all-time list. Manning is also making a tremendous case for his fourth career MVP: not only is his team undefeated, but he is on pace to break the single-season records for completions, yards and completion percentage. When Brett Favre does retire, whenever the hell that will be, Manning will be the guy who breaks all of his career records -- potentially including his consecutive games streak.
Going back to the game, never had two teams met with such a discrepancy in streaks: the Colts had won 14 in a row and the Rams had lost 16 in a row. Those streaks now stand at 15 and 17 straight respectively.
In Week 8, the Rams will look to end their dubious streak. And if you're willing watch them try to do it, you're crazy.
Next Sunday's matchup between the Rams and the Detroit Lions will be one for the history books (no, seriously). Both teams have lost 17 of 18 games and 25 of their last 27. And if the Rams go 0-16, and it would make this game the only matchup in NFL history between a team coming off a win-less season and a team on its way to a win-less season. In other words, Rams-Lions will be one of the worst matchups EVER and is easily the worst game of the season so far. If you’re either sadomasochistic or brain-dead, this is the game for you. For everyone else with an IQ over 30, for the love of god, watch something else.
Also, their game with the Lions is their best chance of cinching the streak. If they can't get it done in Detroit, their losing streak is almost guaranteed to go to 20 games -- a mark that we haven't seen in over 30 years. The Colts, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are in good shape to extend their NFL record for consecutive seasons with 12+ victories. The Colts are also now only six wins away from tying the record for consecutive regular season victories, a mark held by the New England Patriots of a few years ago. The Colts' next seven opponents are the 49ers, Texans, Patriots, Ravens, Texans, Titans, and Broncos.