First Look: Rams home opponents for 2019

The Rams put up an improved record of 7-1 at home in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in 2018 after going 3-4 in front of the home supporters in 2017. The Coliseum will play host to four 2018 playoff teams and two division champions in 2019 as the Rams look to make another run at the Lombardi in head coach Sean McVay’s third season in L.A.

With the NFL’s schedule release containing dates and times still a couple of months away, here’s an early look at the Rams’ 2019 home opponents in no particular order.

Seattle Seahawks

2018 Record: 10-6

2018 Finish: L Wild Card Round

The Rams will meet each of their familiar foes in 2019 coming off a clean sweep of the NFC West in 2018’s run to Super Bowl LIII.

The Seahawks put up two formidable fights against the Rams in 2018, losing 33-31 Week 5 in Seattle and 36-31 at the Coliseum Week 10. Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Russell Wilson each threw for at least 300 yards passing in the Week 10 game in L.A. Wilson threw three touchdowns with no interceptions, but did take four sacks in the loss.

The Rams are 18-23 all-time against the Seahawks, but have won three of the last five meetings, as well as two of the last three in Los Angeles.

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Arizona Cardinals

2018 Record: 3-13

2018 Finish: 4th place, NFC West

The Rams will look to continue a trend of recent dominance against the Cardinals in 2019.

Head coach Sean McVay’s group is unbeaten against the Cardinals since he took the reins in 2017 and will host the NFC West’s last-place finisher after back-to-back shutout performances against the club as the home team.

The Rams boast an impressive 67-0 point differential against the Cardinals at home in the McVay era — though the 2017 matchup was in London.

San Francisco 49ers

2018 Record: 4-12

2018 Finish: 3rd place, NFC West

The Rams closed out the 2018 season with a bang at home against the 49ers and it was never close. Goff threw four touchdown passes in the No. 2 seed-clinching performance and the Rams’ defense showed up as well, forcing four takeaways — three of which came in the game’s first quarter.

The Rams have won three of their last four meetings with the upstate opponent.

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New Orleans Saints

2018 Record: 13-3

2018 Finish: L NFC Championship

The Rams are 41-33 all-time against the Saints in the regular season and will face the 2018 NFC South champs with plenty of recent experience against the club.

The Rams lost to the Saints in the Superdome Week 9 at the hand of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and his springy target in wide receiver Michael Thomas. However, Brees and Thomas were unable to repeat in the noisy dome in the NFC Championship game, in which the Rams downed the Saints and advanced to Super Bowl LIII with a 57-yard, game-winning field goal in overtime.

The game came with some controversy surrounding a bang-bang play from corner Nickell Robey-Coleman that many believe could have been flagged for defensive pass interference, which could leave the rematch in Los Angeles next season a bit more meaningful for those in black and gold.

The Rams beat the Saints 26-20 in the Coliseum in 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2018 Record: 5-11

2018 Finish: 4th place, NFC South

The Rams will welcome the Bucs to the City of Angels, rounding out their home schedule against the NFC South.

The Bucs and Rams will meet for the first time in the McVay era in 2019 and the matchup comes with some history for the third-year head coach, who started his professional coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach in Tampa Bay back in 2008.

The Rams are 5-0 against the Bucs since 2012.

Baltimore Ravens

2018 Record: 10-6

2018 Finish: L Wild Card Round

The Rams are scheduled to play the AFC North in 2019, which means sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will head to L.A. for a shot at the defending NFC champs.

The Rams will face the Ravens in the regular season for the first time since moving to Los Angeles and just the seventh time ever. The Ravens lead the all-time series against the Rams 4-2 and most recently met in 2015, when the Ravens won 16-13 in Baltimore.

Cincinnati Bengals

2018 Record: 6-10

2018 Finish: 4th place, AFC North

The Rams will also meet the Bengals for the first time since the west coast move, in search of their first win against the club since 2003.

The Bengals finished at the bottom of the AFC North in 2018 and it will be up to former Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to turn things around as a first-year head coach in southwest Ohio.

While this contest officially counts as a home game for the Rams, it will be played in London.

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Chicago Bears

2018 Record: 12-4

2018 Finish: L Wild Card

The Rams will get a second shot at the 2018 NFC North Champion Bears after 2018’s Week 14 loss on Sunday Night Football in the Windy City. 

Goff and company will likely be pleased to host the Bears in the Southern California sunshine in 2019 for a meeting that should be billed as one of the top NFC games of the regular season.

The Rams are just 1-6 in their last seven meetings with the Bears.

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