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A year after setting a record with their first game back in Los Angeles, the Rams will kick off their 2017 preseason slate against the same opponent in the Coliseum.
The NFL announced its preseason schedule on Monday afternoon, and the Rams will face the Cowboys in Week 1, head up to Oakland to square off against the Raiders in Week 2, matchup against the Chargers at home in Week 3, and play the Packers in Green Bay for Week 4.
Week 1 - vs. Cowboys
Last year, the Rams and Cowboys set a U.S. preseason attendance record with nearly 90,000 fans welcoming the franchise home to Southern California on a nationally televised game. L.A. won the contest 28-24 in come-from-behind fashion, with quarterback Sean Mannion hitting running back Aaron Green with a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
With Dallas' first couple weeks of training camp in Oxnard — where the Rams held last year's offseason program — and the Rams at U.C. Irvine, the two clubs will meet in the region's middle at the Coliseum.
The Rams and Cowboys will also matchup in Dallas during the 2017 regular season.
Week 2 - at Raiders
While the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas was approved by NFL owners in March, the club is currently slated to play at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum through 2018. That's where the Rams will head for a quick trip upstate to play a team that finished 12-4 in 2016, with Derek Carr emerging as one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the game.
The Rams and Raiders last met in the 2015 preseason, a game also played in Oakland. The Raiders won that matchup 18-3, with wide receiver Amari Cooper impressing in his NFL debut.
The two teams last squared off in the regular season in 2014, when the Rams came away with a 52-0 victory.
Week 3 - vs. Chargers
The first battle between the two L.A. clubs will take place at the Coliseum for the third exhibition.
The third preseason game is the traditional "dress rehearsal" matchup for clubs, and this one will sport two teams with new men at the top. Anthony Lynn has taken over as the Chargers head coach after spending much of last season as the Bills offensive coordinator. While a significant portion of the club's coaching staff has been retained — including offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt — Lynn has brought in former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley to implement a new defensive scheme.
The Rams and Chargers last met in the 2014 regular season, when the Chargers came away with a 27-24 victory in San Diego.
Week 4 - at Packers
The Rams will end their preseason slate with a trip to Wisconsin to face the Packers at Lambeau Field. The final exhibition matchup is the only one played with reduced rosters, as teams must cut down to 75 players following Week 3. It's also traditionally a time for players on the bubble to make a strong final impression with increased playing time before the final roster reduction to 53.
The Rams last faced the Packers in a 2015 regular-season matchup, which Green Bay won at home 24-10.