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Rams 2018 Schedule Breakdown
April 20, 2018 12:25 AM | Kristen Lago


We've known who the Rams will be playing during the 2018 season since the start of the New Year in January. But now that the NFL has officially released its league-wide schedule, the dates and times of all 16 matchups have been finalized.

Let's take a look at each of Los Angeles' 16 games in order:

(2017 record, finish in standings). All times Pacific.

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders (6-10, 3rd Place in AFC West) | 7:20 p.m. | Monday Night Football

All-time record: 8-5-0 | Last matchup: Rams won 52-0 in Nov. 2014

Los Angeles will open up its season on the road for one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of 2018. The second of two Monday Night Football games in Week 1, the contest will feature a marquee battle between student and teacher. Rams head coach Sean McVay received his first NFL coaching position under the Raiders' Jon Gruden in 2008, and the two have remained close ever since.

Week 2: vs. Arizona Cardinals (8-8, 3rd Place in NFC West) | 1:05 p.m.

All-time record: 39-38-2 | Last home matchup: Rams won 33-0 in Oct 2017

After a short flight north, the Rams will be back at the Coliseum to take on the division-rival Cardinals. It will be the first time McVay faces Arizona's new head coach Steve Wilks and will also represent a chance for the Rams to take on the first of two former starting quarterbacks this season in Sam Bradford.

Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7, 2nd Place in AFC West) | 1:05 p.m.

All-time record: 6-5-0 | Last matchup: Chargers won 27-24 in Nov. 2014

In two years, these two clubs will share a new stadium, but this season it's the Rams who will welcome the Chargers. The contest marks the first time in history that the clubs will match up as Los Angeles franchises.

Week 4: vs. Minnesota Vikings (13-3, 1st Place in NFC North) | 5:20 p.m. | Thursday Night Football

All-time record: 22-14-2 | Last matchup: Vikings won 24-7 in Nov. 2017

L.A. will welcome the defending NFC North Champions in Week 4 for one of several high-profile rematches. The Rams will be looking for their first win against the Vikings in five years. To do so, the club will have to contain Minnesota's new starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, whom McVay coached in Washington between 2014-2016.

Week 5: at Seattle Seahawks (9-7, 2nd Place in the NFC West) | 1:25 p.m

All-time record: 23-17-0 | Last road matchup: Rams won 42-7 in Dec. 2017

Last season, Los Angeles had one of its best performances of the year at CenturyLink Field, en route to an NFC West title. But a win in Seattle never comes easily and should present a tough challenge to the club as it kicks off a three-game road stretch.

Week 6: at Denver Broncos (5-11, 4th Place in AFC West) | 1:05 p.m

All-time record: 8-5-0 | Last matchup: Rams won 22-7 in Nov. 2014

The Week 6 matchup will see the Rams return to the Mile High City for the first time since 2010. Not only will Los Angeles face another former quarterback in Case Keenum, but newly acquired cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will also be taking on their former team.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers (6-10, 4th Place in NFC West) | 5:20 p.m. | Sunday Night Football

All-time record: 69-65-3 | Last road matchup: Rams won 41-39 in Sept. 2017

The Rams will play their first Sunday Night Football game since 2010 when they travel north to Santa Clara to take on the 49ers. The contest will feature two of the NFC's brightest teams and two of the most promising, young quarterbacks in the league - Los Angeles' Jared Goff and San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo. It's the third year in a row L.A. will face S.F. in prime time at Levi's Stadium.

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers (7-9, 3rd Place in NFC North) | 1:25 p.m.

All-time record: 46-46-2 | Packers won 24-10 in Oct. 2015

The Rams will be back home in Week 8 to host two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. It will be Green Bay's first trip to the Coliseum to play the Rams since 1978. The contest will also feature a matchup of two former Cal quarterbacks in Goff and Rodgers.

Week 9: at New Orleans Saints (11-5, 1st Place in NFC South) | 1:25 p.m.

All-time record: 41-33-0 | Last matchup: Rams won 26-20 in Nov. 2017

On Nov. 4, L.A will travel to the Superdome to face the Saints in a rematch of one of the most exciting contests of 2017. The last time the Rams played in New Orleans, Goff made his first road start - tossing three touchdown passes in the first half.

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks (9-7, 2nd Place in NFC West) | 1:25 p.m.

All-time record: 23-17-0 | Last matchup: Seahawks won 16-10 in Oct. 2017

The Rams will close out their season series against the Seahawks in Week 10, looking to avenge a close 16-10 loss at the Coliseum last year. Los Angeles is 1-1 against the Seahawks at the Coliseum since 2016.

Week 11 vs. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6, 1st Place in AFC West) | 5:15 p.m. | Monday Night Football

All-time record 7-4-0 | Last matchup: Chiefs won 34-7 in Oct. 2014

For the third-straight year, the Rams will travel outside of the United States to host one their eight home games. This season, the club is going south to face off against the Chiefs in Mexico City. Cornerback Marcus Peters will take on the team that drafted him, while the Rams will face wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who spent the 2017 season in L.A.

Week 12: BYE

Week 13 at Detroit Lions (9-7, 2nd Place in NFC North) | 10:00 a.m

All-time record: 43-41-1 | Last matchup: Lions won 31-28 in Oct. 2016

After a week off, the L.A. will head to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Rams will be looking for their first win at Ford Field since 2009.

Week 14 at Chicago Bears (5-11, 4th Place in NFC North) | 10:00 a.m.

All-time record: 53-36-3 | Last matchup: Bears won 37-13 in Nov. 2015

The Rams will head back to the midwest for their Week 14 matchup with the Bears. Though the last four years have not been kind to Chicago - with four straight last place finishes in the division - new head coach Matt Nagy will be eager for a statement win against the reigning NFC West Champions.

Week 15 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3, 1st Place in NFC East) | 5:20 p.m. | Sunday Night Football

All-time record: 21-19-0 | Last matchup: Eagles won 43-35 in Dec. 2017

Week 15's contest against the Eagles has been highly regarded as one of the premier matchups of 2018, and is the Rams' fifth prime-time game on their schedule. In last year's December showdown, quarterback Nick Foles replaced Carson Wentz to lead the Eagles to a 43-35 victory. But Wentz is expected to back under center for the reigning Super Bowl Champions and will face a revamped Rams defense that features Peters, Talib, and Ndamukong Suh.

Week 15 at Arizona Cardinals (8-8, 3rd Place in NFC West) | 1:05 p.m.

All-time record: 39-38-2 | Last road matchup: Rams won 32-16 in Dec. 2017

The final road trip of the regular season will come in Week 15. The Rams have won the away matchup with the Cardinals in each of the last three seasons, including last year's dominant performance.

Week 17 vs. San Francisco 49ers (6-10, 4th Place in NFC West) | 1:25 p.m.

All-time record: 69-65-3 | Last home matchup: 49ers won 34-13 in Dec. 2017

For the second-consecutive year, the Rams will close the regular season with a Northern California versus Southern California showdown against San Francisco. The final week is subject to flex scheduling, as the league will look to find the most compelling matchup for Sunday Night Football.

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