Week 2: New Orleans Saints (Home)
Even if the Saints end up defeating the Rams on the road in September, this won’t fully heal the wounds from what took place last January when Los Angeles benefitted from a controversial call to advance to the Super Bowl.
Still, New Orleans will easily have revenge on their minds in this one since the argument can be made they would have performed much better against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53 after Los Angeles failed to score a single touchdown.
The Saints may have lost a few key players this offseason such as Mark Ingram, but this is another team loaded with talent on both sides of the football to make another serious run at the Super Bowl, and even the No. 1 seed in the playoff picture.
Playoff rematches the following season are always a popular trend in the NFL, and no matter how confident the Rams feel about this battle, the Saints aren’t going to make it easy for them to win.
Similar to a few other contests previously discussed, this could end up being the first of two meetings between these NFC rivals if they happen to meet again come January, so it will be important for Los Angeles to make sure they come out strong in Week 2.