And yet, they're currently the 7th seed with 7 games to play. Problem is they are in the NFC, so they are 2 games behind MIN for the WC.
The Rams do face the Cardinals twice and the Bears, but also the Ravens, Seahawks, Cowboys and 49ers.
Vikings face DEN, SEA, DET, LAC, GBP, CHI. Unless the Vikings absolutely crater, the Rams won't catch them.
SEA will also be tough to catch, with a 3 game lead, but they do face PHI, MIN, LAR, CAR, ARI, SF. If the Rams beat them and they play poorly against PHI/MIN/SF, there is a chance the Rams catch up, but it is unlikely. The Rams must be kicking themselves for losing 30-29 to SEA (44 yard missed FG with 11 seconds remaining, missed by inches), as that win would help them immensely right now.
To be thorough, other path to the playoffs is if SF falters and SEA wins the NFC West. SF faces ARI, GB, BAL, NO, ATL, LAR, SEA... that is a tough schedule, and I can see them losing 5 of the games in a worst case scenario.
Overall there is a path to the playoffs, but it was made incredibly harder by their loss to PIT. wth happened???