Here’s a look the 2018 schedule for the Los Angeles Rams following Thursday’s release.
After months of waiting, the Los Angeles Rams finally know what their schedule is like for the 2018 NFL season following Thursday’s release. Unlike last season, there’s a ton of excitement surrounding the Rams when it comes to their high chances of making a serious run at the Super Bowl, and as a result, the team is fortunate enough to land some national attention in the prime-time games.
When Sean McVay came on board last year as head coach, the original assumption was that Los Angeles would need at least a year or two to adjust to his system, but that was far from the case after going on to win the NFC West title. Thanks to this surprise success, the Rams entered the offseason as one of the early favorites to make another run at the NFC, but expectations have hit a whole new level these last few weeks when looking at some of the big moves made.
From convincing Ndamukong Suh to join what was already a strong defensive line led by Aaron Donald to trading a first rounder to the New England Patriots for speedster Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles is all of a sudden stacked on both sides of the football. Only time will tell when it comes to the whether the Rams can live up to the hype, especially when looking at their difficult schedule to look forward to, as shown below.
- Week 1: @ Oakland Raiders (MNF)
- Week 2: Arizona Cardinals
- Week 3: Los Angeles Chargers
- Week 4: Minnesota Vikings (TNF)
- Week 5: @ Seattle Seahawks
- Week 6: @ Denver Broncos
- Week 7: @ San Francisco 49ers (TNF)
- Week 8: Green Bay Packers
- Week 9: @ New Orleans Saints
- Week 10: Seattle Seahawks
- Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs (MNF) (Mexico City)
- Week 12: Bye
- Week 13: @ Detroit Lions
- Week 14: @ Chicago Bears
- Week 15: Philadelphia Eagles (SNF)
- Week 16: @ Arizona Cardinals
- Week 17: San Francisco 49ers
Right away, Rams fans will immediately notice how their beloved team has five prime-time games, which is absolutely amazing to see since nobody wanted to watch them at all heading into 2017. Between kicking off the new season on the road agains the Oakland Raiders during Monday Night Football to a key Week 15 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Los Angeles has quite the challenge ahead with this tough schedule.
Not to mention, if the San Francisco 49ers end up living up to the hype as well, it will be interesting to see if that regular-season finale will have any sort of impact on the division title or a playoff spot. Either way, Rams fans have plenty of reasons to be excited after seeing this schedule, as all eyes will be on McVay and company once Week 1 arrives to see if they come through by living up to the hype.