Rams 2010 Schedule Released

The schedule release day has become quite a spectacle, and while I think it’s pretty crazy that there is five hours of coverage on two different networks, (ESPN, NFL Network) I have to admit that I’m a sucker for it like everyone else is. We already know who our opponents will be, but now we know the order in which we will play them. Below is the Rams 2010 schedule in its entirety with some commentary on a few of the match-ups.

Rams 2010 Schedule

Week 1 – Cardinals at Rams – 4pm

Week 2 – Rams at Raiders – 4pm

Week 3 – Redskins at Rams – 4pm

Week 4 – Seahawks at Rams – 1pm

Week 5 – Rams at Lions – 1pm

Week 6 – Chargers at Rams – 1pm

Week 7 – Rams at Bucs – 1pm

Week 8 – Panthers at Rams – 1pm

Week 9 – Bye

Week 10 – Rams at 49ers – 4pm

Week 11 – Falcons at Rams – 4pm

Week 12 – Rams at Broncos – 4pm

Week 13 – Rams at Cardinals – 4pm

Week 14 – Rams at Saints – 4pm

Week 15 – Chiefs at Rams – 1pm

Week 16 – 49ers at Rams – 1pm

Week 17 – Rams at Seahawks – 4pm

Some interesting notes here:

1. No primetime games again this season (although we probably don’t deserve one)

2. There are nine late games and seven early games (That’s what happens when you play in the NFC West)

3. I love our non-divisional home games (Skins, Bolts, Panthers, Falcons, Chiefs)

  •  McNabb and co. in Week 3 will be a fun one
  •  Chargers and Panthers are both teams we don’t get to see often
  • Matt Ryan vs. Sam Bradford (maybe) could be interesting
  • It’s always fun when the Chiefs come to town

4. Overall, I have to say I don’t think this is the most daunting schedule of all time. There are some winnable games in there (Lions, Raiders, Bucs, Chiefs) and with our weak division, I really think there is some potential to take a major step forward this season. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Brett sardigal

    I say maybe a 5 or 6 win season.

  • Rams Realist

    Just a couple of comments…

    After last season, I can’t see anyway a team with either AJ Feeley, Keith Null or any of the QBs in the draft being able to take this team to more than 3 wins. Thats if Steven Jackson doesn’t break down with a shoulder injury from carrying the team. All jokes aside, the Rams need to fill way too many holes to even consider this team beating any division rival with a turnstile offensive line, limited defensive line with aging Leonard Little still leading the team with 6.5 sacks, a wide receiving corps filled with players who wouldn’t make it higher than 4th receiver on practically any other NFL teams depth chart (Avery being the exception), and a secondary that without Atogwe would drop from 25th in the league down to the bottom 3.

    A few positives though, since I just doled out alot of hate for my team, would include Laurinaitis’ promising season and potential development as team captain, Chris Long sort of looking like he remembered how to play football, Donnie Jones’ excellent punting abilities, and Steven Jackson surprisingly not giving up on the team.

    As for the draft, I’m not sure that Sam Bradford is the best option for the Rams. I know thats a shocking statement considering I just mentioned we could have Keith Null starting again. However, Bradford is coming off a major injury to his throwing shoulder, which could potentially nag him throughout his career. Being the optimist, i see this situation of drafting him panning out with Bradford getting injured by week 6 and ending up with around a 40/60 mix of TDs to INTs. In addition to this, having not played competitive football for the past 7 months puts him at a disadvantage to the other QBs in the draft. The last point to look at would be our receivers, all of which really aren’t very good outside of Avery, who can’t possibly get thrown to 10 times a game. Fun fact: we didn’t have a 600 yard receiver last year. Drafting a franchise QB with one above average receiver and a bunch of practice squad player filling out the other WR posttions, as well as a terrible O-line (tied for 7th most sacks allowed, which is augmented by the fact we are not a passing team) sounds like a baptism by fire guaranteed to get that player injured again.

    My argument would be to take Ndamakung Suh and try to shore up a defensive line that could actually cause some trouble. Suh would likely draw double teams if he starts to establish himself and open up one on one opportunities for Little, Long and Hall. With Suh capable of getting in the back field and causing mismatches, this would take strain off of the secondary as well. He is a fiery player, who would pair well with Laurinaitis in getting this defense moving in the right direction. Also, in his last two seasons at Nebraska, he had to learn to different defensive schemes and still managed to post solid All-American stats in both years.

    An addition tidbit of insight…The Rams could potentially take Suh and use their 2nd round pick on Colt McCoy, who they have valued over Clausen. I know its a similiar injury situation, but the pick could provide value in the 2nd round (possibly even if we were to trade down given that the 2nd round is now on a separate day and the GMs would be able to revalue their draft boards based on 1st round results, any trades that have occurred and remaining players). McCoy is more accurate than Bradford by a small to decent margin but it is important to point out that he has mastered the short routes within 10 yards (over 70% for his college career). These routes were the ones that he ran most while at Texas and has a clear feel for being able to put the ball where only the receiver can get it, often times leading to plays extending up field. He also is more mobile than Bradford, which could be key with buying time in a frequently non existent pocket. A final point, McCoy started 4 years at Texas in a high pressure QB situation within the Big 12. He secured the most victories in CFB history, proving himself as a winner.

    To sum it up, if we took Suh, we could easily continue building a formidable defense and defensive line. With our next set of picks, we could go for McCoy or in a really unlikely scenario, wait until later rounds to test out Tony Pike or Dan Lefevour, who analysts at ESPN like as the Dark Horse/Sleeper choice in this draft. Regardless, I feel as though we wont win many games and will still likely have a top 2 pick next season. If my logic is correct and we land the 1st pick again (possibly 2nd pick with the Lions finishing worse), we could take Jake Locker out of Washington, who almost every draft analyst agreed would have been the consensus first overall choice this year as a junior.

    Personally, if we can get Suh and test out a McCoy/Pike/Lefevour 1 year trial run, which I think at worst results in that drafted QB sliding to back up or 3rd string next year and eventually netting us Locker, we should pursue this path. Oh and if all else fails, we can start Josh Brown at QB, I heard he throws a nasty fade route…

    Feel free to comment back Justin or anyone.

  • http://twitter.com/RamblinFan Justin Stine

    Brett, normally I would say 5 or 6 wins with this team is a stretch, but in my opinion this schedule is about as weak as it gets. I still think it is a bit optimistic, but there is little doubt that we should be able to improve on the last few seasons. As for Rams Realist, I’m thinking about taking your comment and putting it up as a post on the site. Very well written and you obvously know your stuff. I still think it would be a huge mistake to pass up Bradford here, but I have to say I’m a huge fan of Dan LeFevour. I’m not as high on Colt McCoy as some are, but i would be a mistake to pass on Bradford unless we plan on bringing in a veteran QB to compete with Feeley and Null.

  • Rams Realist

    I’d be more than honored if you post that up here on the site for draft day.

    Its not necessarily that I dislike Bradford (on the contrary, I wanted Bradford to come out last year where he would have been a lock for the Rams #2 pick), I just think given the situation the Rams are in right now and the injury suffered, it would make more sense to continue the trend of building up the defense. To further the point, take a look at Ndamukong Suh’s Sport Science breakdown.


    The only stats you need to know, 3200 pounds of force in his hits, more than Ray Lewis and Kris Jenkins (for the record Jenkins has about 60 pounds on him and force is Mass x Acceleration) and he recorded the fastest reaction time off the line of any player they’ve ever recorded. Just food for thought. (Not to mention the possibility of Jake Locker again)

    In response to the veteran QB idea, I’ve been running that over in my head all day since it was mentioned the Steelers had talked to the Rams about Ben Roethlisberger. For the record, I do not want him on the Rams especially for a 1st overall pick (although there would likely be more to the deal on both sides). I will say though that the Rams could provide an interesting alternative package of picks including 2nd and 3rd round choices this year and picks from the next year’s draft. To be honest, I think we missed the boat on a trade for a veteran quarterback when Donovan McNabb was being tossed around. While a 2nd round pick would have been steep for him given the Rams have the first pick of the 2nd round, I think we could have potentially offered next year’s 2nd round pick and a mid round pick in this year’s draft. Of course, this is merely speculation as I have no idea what goes on inside the GM’s office. My biggest knocks against a move for Donovan though would have been durability given the already suspect O-Line (hes just not as mobile as he used to be) and he has been an underachiever for part of his career, which might make him feel at home in St. Louis. As for the remaining veteran QB options, a possible late round pick for Kerry Collins or signing the also ageless Jeff Garcia to provide some leadership and tutelage.

    I’m still trying to keep my hopes up with Suh and McCoy/Lefevour for the time being.

    Again, feel free to comment back on any of this Justin or anyone.

  • http://twitter.com/RamblinFan Justin Stine

    I watched that Sports Science feature when it aired on ESPN, and Suh is a freak! Still, i can’t justify taking a DT at one overall when we are in dire need of a franchise QB. As far as Big Ben goes, he isn’t even the QB on the Steelers’ roster I would most like to have. Give me Dennis Dixon, which I have been saying for months, for a late round pick if we don’t like Bradford enough to pick him at one. Dixon showed flashes of brilliance filling in for Ben last season, and I think this kid is going to be special when he gets a chance.