Nov. 25, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: St. Louis Rams quarterback (8) Sam Bradford against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2013 St. Louis Rams Schedule analysis

Rams fans get ready for an exciting 2013 NFL season. The Rams will be hosting, yes, hosting TWO primetime games against division opponents this season. The Rams will be on primetime Week 4 against the 49ers, who the Rams tied and beat last season, on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. The Rams then play the Seahawks on Monday Night Football on ESPN week 8.

One intriguing matchup is week 2 when the Rams play against ex-Ram, Steven Jackson and the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. It would have been nice and made a good story had this one been in St. Louis, but either way the Rams will be reuniting with their old teammate. Rams fans everywhere will definitely be watching this one.

The Rams open up the season at home when they play the improving Arizona Cardinals. The Rams did go 2-0 against the Cardinals last year, but the Rams should be sure not to take the Cardinals lightly. If we all remember correctly the Cardinals did start off last season strong, going 4-0 before losing to the Rams. The Rams play the 49ers week 4 on a Thursday Night and then their next divisional game is in week 8 against the ‘hawks on Monday Night. The Rams next divisional games are week 13 and 14 when they play at the 49ers and at the Cardinals, then the Rams will once again finish off the season in Seattle for the third time in four years.

The Rams have their bye week during week 11, which could be a good thing if the Rams can stay relatively healthy up to that point in the season. A bye late in the year could be a good refresher for the players before the Rams make a possible playoff run. If the Rams get injured early in the season however, having a late bye could come back to haunt them. The Rams also finish the season playing two of their final three at home, which makes could give them an advantage to make a late  playoff run

I don’t see one game on the Rams schedule that screams definite loss, but I don’t see many that scream definite win either. Expect the Rams to play lots of close games once again this year, games that come down to the wire and have fans biting their finger nails. Many of the Rams’ games will once again be won in the 4th quarter. If the Rams play tough much like they did last season, the Rams definitely could make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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