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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a LA Rams fan

Week 18 is here and the LA Rams are the No. 2 seed in the playoff picture. Who should Rams fans root for to help their chances?

Wide receivers Cooper Kupp #10 and Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Rams warm up before the start of the Rams and Baltimore Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Sunday update: The Rams lost to the 49ers, but still will win the NFC West since the Cardinals lost to the Seahawks. The loss does keep them from the No. 2 seed though, which the Rams finish with the No. 4 seed.

The Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers to close out the 2021 season at home at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Rams enter at 12-4 in first place in the NFC West. With a win, the Rams can clinch the 2-seed and division.

If you are a Rams fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of winning the division and improving their seeding.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Rams and Cardinals play at the same time, so we could see some scoreboard watching between the two. If L.A. is winning, Rams fans don’t have much to worry about. If the Rams are losing and end up dropping the game to the Niners, L.A. will need the Cards to lose as well.

The Cardinals are 7-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Saturday update: The Cowboys took care of business, beating the Eagles Saturday night. The Rams still get the No. 2 seed with a win, but the Cowboys winning makes it tougher for them if they lose on Sunday to the 49ers.

There’s a scenario in which the Cowboys can jump the Rams and Bucs to get the 2-seed. The Cowboys and Eagles play on Saturday, so this really can either add or take away pressure for the Rams. If Dallas loses on Saturday, it’s one less team to worry about in the seedings race.

The Cowboys are 7-point favorites/underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

The Bucs are in the 3-hole in the NFC and are another team the Rams need to worry about. Luckily, L.A. will know who wins this game before kick-off at 4:25 p.m. Chances are the Bucs will win and put some pressure on the Rams to do so as well.

The Bucs are 8-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.