The St. Louis Rams now know their schedule for the 2014 NFL season and they have to be pleased at the way things have shaped up. Sure, the Rams finished under .500 in 2013 and missed the postseason by a pretty wide margin, but there’s also no refuting the fact that they are a team improving and that was a tough out in almost every game they were in. Here’s how their 2014 schedule looks:
Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sunday Sept 7, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 2: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday Sept. 14, 4:05 p.m. EST
Week 3: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday Sept. 21, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers, Monday Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m. EST
Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sunday Oct. 19, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 8: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday Oct. 26, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 9: @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday Nov. 2, 4:05 p.m. EST
Week 10: @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday Nov. 9, 4:25 p.m. EST
Week 11: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 12: @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday Nov. 23, 4:05 p.m. EST
Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday Nov. 30, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 14: @ Washington Redskins, Sunday Dec. 7, 1:00 p.m. EST
Week 15: vs. Arizona Cardinals, Thursday Dec. 11, 8:25 p.m. EST
Week 16: vs. New York Giants, Sunday Dec. 21, 4:05 p.m. EST
Week 17: @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday Dec. 28, 4:25 p.m. EST
Obviously the biggest drawback when it comes to the Rams is the fact that they play in the NFC West. Playing in the same division as the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks, one of the perennial Super Bowl favorites in the 49ers, and a Cardinals team on the rise doesn’t really bode well for the chances for a young and relatively inexperienced Rams team that’s still building.
However, the schedule-makers didn’t do St. Louis any favors outside of the division. In fact, you could make the argument that the Rams have one of the toughest non-division schedules in the league.
Games against the Vikings, Bucs and Raiders aren’t too troublesome, but that’s very few games to not totally be worried about. Their other seven games on the schedule are against four playoffs teams and then the three teams from the NFC East that aren’t the Eagles and that are all in-line to improve for the 2014 season.
Things are getting better for the Rams. They should be able to get another quarterback to build around this season and already have a good crop of young talent in-tow. However, don’t expect them to be the young team making noise in the NFL this season. Not only are they not there yet, but they’ve got one difficult road ahead of them this season.
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