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Rams 2017 Schedule Breakdown

Posted Apr 20, 2017

Team insider Myles Simmons takes a look at all 16 matchups on the Rams' schedule.

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While we’ve known the Rams’ 2017 opponents since the end of the 2016 season, we now know the dates and times for each matchup with today’s league-wide schedule release. Let’s take a look at each game in order.

(2016 record, finish in standings.) All times Pacific

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts (8-8, 3rd place AFC South) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 18-23-2 | Last matchup: Rams won 38-8 in Nov. 2013

The Sean McVay era will get underway at the Coliseum with a marquee matchup against quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts. Wide receiver Tavon Austin scored three long touchdowns as a rookie in the last game between these two teams in 2013 — a 98-yard punt return, a 57-yard reception, and an 81-yard reception.

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins (8-7-1, 3rd place NFC East) | 1:25 p.m.
All-time record: 11-23-1 | Last matchup: Rams lost 24-10 in Sept. 2015

McVay will face his former team in the second week of the season, as Washington will come to the Coliseum. It’s the first of the Rams’ four matchups against the NFC East.

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers (2-14, 4th place NFC West) | 5:25 p.m. | Thursday Night Football
All-time record: 64-67-3 | Last road matchup: Rams lost 28-0 in Sept. 2016

The Rams will have a short flight for their first road trip of the season, going up to the Bay Area to play San Francisco. The club will face the 49ers in prime time at Levi’s Stadium for the second year in a row, this time on Thursday Night Football.

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys (13-3, 1st place NFC East) | 10:00 a.m.
All-time record: 11-13 | Last matchup: Rams lost 34-31 in Sept. 2014

The Rams will stay on the road for Week 4 to play the Cowboys in the club’s first early start of the season. It’s a somewhat unique situation for these two clubs, L.A. and Dallas will face one another for their first preseason matchup at the Coliseum before playing eight weeks later.

Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1, 1st place NFC West) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 15-22 | Last home matchup: Rams won 9-3 in Sept. 2016

Los Angeles will have its first home divisional matchup of the year against Seattle in Week 5. The Rams have won three straight and four of their last five matchups against the Seahawks at home, including last year’s home opener.

Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13, 4th place AFC South) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 3-1 | Last matchup: Rams won 34-20 in Oct. 2013

The Rams will head to Jacksonville in Week 6 for the first leg of a long road trip. It’s Los Angeles’ second inter-conference matchup of 2016.

Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1, 2nd place NFC West) | 10:00 a.m. | London
All-time record: 38-38-2 | Last home matchup: Rams lost 44-6 in Jan. 2017

The Rams will play across the pond at Twickenham Stadium for the second year in a row, this time against the division-rival Cardinals. Kickoff will be at six o’clock local at Twickehnam Stadium, which means a regular early start of 10 a.m. back in California.

Week 8: Bye

Week 9: at New York Giants (11-5, 2nd place NFC East) | 10:00 a.m.
All-time record: 25-16 | Last matchup: Rams lost 17-10 in Oct. 2016

After a week off, Los Angeles will go back to the east coast to play the Giants. This will be the Rams’ second trip to MetLife Stadium in two years, as they beat the Jets at the same site in November 2016.

Week 10: vs. Houston Texans (9-7, 1st place AFC South) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 2-1 | Last matchup: Rams won 38-13 in Oct. 2013

The Rams will be back at the Coliseum for Week 10 to face Houston. It’s the Texans’ first trip to Los Angeles in franchise history, having been established in 2002.

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings (8-8, third place NFC North) | 10:00 a.m.
All-time record: 14-21-2 | Last matchup: Rams lost 21-18 (OT) in Nov. 2015

The Rams will head to Minnesota for their only matchup against an NFC North opponent in 2017. This will be Los Angeles’ first regular-season trip to U.S. Bank Stadium. The club squared off against Minnesota in the building’s inaugural preseason last year.

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints (7-9, 3rd place NFC South) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 40-32 | Last matchup: Rams lost 49-23 in Nov. 2016

Los Angeles’ sole NFC South opponent in 2017 will come to the Coliseum for Week 12. Quarterback Jared Goff played his best half of the season against the Saints in 2016, throwing three touchdowns in the first two quarters of the November contest.

Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1, 2nd place NFC West) | 1:25 p.m.
All-time record: 38-38-2 | Last road matchup: Rams won 17-13 in Oct. 2016

The second NFC West road trip will come in Week 13. The Rams have won the away matchup with Arizona in each of the last two seasons, recording a total of eight takeaways in the two games.

Week 14: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9, 4th place NFC East) | 1:25 p.m.
All-time record: 17-18-1 | Last matchup: Rams lost 34-28 in Oct. 2014

The Rams will come back home to face the Eagles in Week 14. It’s the first of likely many matchups between the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks of the 2016 NFL Draft, quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.

Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1, 1st place NFC West) | 1:05 p.m.
All-time record: 15-22 | Last road matchup: Rams lost 24-3 in Dec. 2016

The Rams will play at CenturyLink Field in Week 15 for the second year in a row. Last season, this matchup was featured on Thursday Night Football. This year will make eight consecutive years that the Rams have played at Seattle in the season’s last four games.

Week 16: at Tennessee Titans (9-7, second place AFC South) | 10:00 a.m.
All-time record: 6-5 | Last matchup: Rams lost 28-21 in Oct. 2013

The Rams will spend Christmas Eve in Tennessee with this Week 16 matchup. It’s the fourth time the two teams have met since the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-14, 4th place NFC West) | 1:25 p.m.
All-time record: 64-67-3 | Last home matchup: Rams lost 22-21 in Dec. 2016

Los Angeles will close the regular season by renewing the California rivalry with San Francisco at the Coliseum.