The St. Louis Rams have been a very bad football team during the past nine full seasons: Their ghastly record of 43-100-1 in that time frame adds up to a winning percentage of .299. However, when you look at their performance during that same span against the Redskins, they end up looking like a juggernaut: St. Louis is 5-2 versus Washington since 2006, which is good for a winning percentage of .714.
That's right — the Rams are just 38-98-1 against the other 30 NFL franchises not from the nation's capital dating back to '06, but when they face off with the Redskins, they go from doormat to dominant. And this Sunday, they'll have another chance to beat up on the Burgundy and Gold when the two sides square off for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
Washington isn't exactly an NFL elite, but their 54-90 record from 2006-2014 is noticeably better than the Rams' mark. For whatever reason, though, they can't seem to figure out the pesky NFC West foe, who has beaten the Redskins in all sorts of ways.
Last season's matchup was the ugliest of the group when looking at it from the standpoint of 'Skins supporters: Jeff Fisher's squad shut out Jay Gruden's outfit 24-0 at FedEx Field. St. Louis also took down D.C.'s bunch 31-28 back in 2012 during Robert Griffin III's stellar rookie campaign, whooped a Donovan McNabb-led team 30-16 in 2010, hit a last-second field goal in 2008 to win 19-17, and stole an overtime thriller from Jason Campbell and Joe Gibbs in 2006, 37-31.
The Redskins, meanwhile, defeated the Rams 17-10 in 2011 with Rex Grossman under center and snuck by St. Louis 9-7 in 2009 behind three Shaun Suisham field goals.
Looking ahead to the upcoming Week 2 contest, the odds say that the Rams will again triumph over the Redskins; Bovada.lv has the visitors — who handled Seattle in Week 1 — favored by 3 1/2 points over the home team. With that being said, this is the NFL, where crazy outcomes occur every Sunday. Still, there's no denying that, while Washington would like to think of itself as an organization building a strong foundation, they need to start winning against opponents in the same tier as them. Because when a franchise that's viewed as a cellar dweller by almost everyone else views you as an easy win, that's an insult.
The Redskins' next chance to reverse that trend comes this Sunday at 1 o'clock. Do you think they can pull it off? Let us know in the comments.