Week 1, September 7th, home, noon
Hey, didn't I guess Minnesota (or Oakland) for opening week? It will behoove the Rams to get off to a much better start against the run than they did last year. Adrian Peterson rolled them for 212 yards his last time here.
Week 2, September 14th, away, 3:05
The Rams got about as favorable a start to the schedule as they could hope for. The first three weeks, two home games, no playoff teams from last year.
Week 3, September 21st, home, noon
Again, it would very much behoove the Rams to defend the run early in the season far better than last year. They cannot allow Demarco Murray to run them out of their own building. He has 425 yards against them in two career meetings.
Week 4 - BYE Don't know the last time this happened, but the Rams got stuck with the first bye week of the season. Seahawks and Big Dead did, too, which is no way to treat the league's most physical division.
Week 5, October 5th, away, noon
And the death march begins, the first of eight straight games against playoff teams from 2013. The Rams could be very glad to have that bye week to prepare.
Week 6, October 13th, home, 7:30 (Monday night)
Monday night against the 49ers can't go much worse than Thursday night against the 49ers, can it?
Week 7, October 19, home, noon
Thanks, Goodell. The two best teams in the conference and two of the most physical games on the schedule back-to-back. At least there's the slight benefit that the Rams get the first two division games at home.
Week 8, October 26, away, noon
I think I might have mentioned before that the Rams haven't beaten the Chiefs in the regular season since NINETEEN NINETY FREAKING FOUR. Suitable that they're batting cleanup in this Murderer's Row section of the schedule.
Week 9, November 2, away, 3:05
Oh, and here's something that will make the death march a walk in the park; crucial division game for the Rams on the road, and THE 49ERS WILL BE COMING OFF THEIR BYE WEEK. F@#k you, Goodell. Only time that happens this year, but it would be nice if the league would at least pretend they're not trying to hand the 49ers one here.
Week 10, November 9, away, 3:25
The Big Dead close a span of four division games in five weeks that will probably decide the Rams' season. Third straight road game, too. Another F.U. from Goodell. And, yes, I just figured out Arizona did not make the playoffs last year. They were 10-6, though, so this isn't any rest stop on the death march.
Week 11, November 16, home, noon
Over-under on Peyton Manning hard-counting the Rams offsides: 12. OMAHA!
Week 12, November 23, away, 3:05
Prediction: Rams pull off the road surprise, with Phillip Rivers throwing four INTs because he keeps throwing to the team wearing the Chargers' OLD uniforms.
Week 13, November 30, home, noon
Without knowing how the draft will shake out, this could be St. Louis' best chance to see Johnny Manziel in action. Matt Schaub's a decent bet to have been killed or pick-sixed his way to the bench by now.
Week 14, December 7, away, noon
Rooting here for a Michael Brockers sack, a Janoris Jenkins pick, an Alec Ogletree forced fumble, a Zac Stacy TD and maybe even a Stedman Bailey TD. All drafted by the Rams using or trading picks from the RGIII trade.
Week 15, December 11, home, 7:25 (Thursday night)
RamView hates Thursday night games, and always will. The Rams are at least getting the benefit of getting primetime division games at home. Now they need to capitalize on them far better than they did last year.
Week 16, December 21, home, 3:05
The Rams haven't beaten the Giants since 2001; with ten days between home games, if they don't do it here, it may never happen.
Week 17, December 28, away, 3:25
The league would never have Seattle and San Francisco play each other the last week. It was a certainty the Rams would finish against one or the other. BUT COME ON. Why not Seattle here?
Or even San Francisco there? Can we mix it up a little? Ever?
The schedule looks daunting, don't they all? I'm not a fan of the early bye week or the apparent law that the Rams have to end every season in Seattle now. But, to make the least brave prediction of all time, if the Rams can get back to .500 in the division, I believe they'll be... a playoff team. The NFC West games will be the big question they have to answer in 2014.