The Los Angeles Rams found out their schedule for the 2019 season on Wednesday night along with every other team.
While most of the attention has been focused on the upcoming draft, Wednesday night was filled with plenty of excitement for the Los Angeles Rams due to the release of the 2019 schedule for next season.
Throughout the day, there were numerous rumors that ended up being true, such as the Rams hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, and getting a Sunday Night Football meeting with the Cleveland Browns the following week.
Between earning five primetime games along with closing out the season against a familiar face in the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles has plenty of reasons to be excited over their schedule for 2019.
However, when looking at that difficult first month in September, the pressure will be on the Rams to get off to a hot start, and avoid falling behind early on in the NFC, or it’s only going to make their path to earning another trip to the Super Bowl that much more difficult.
As mentioned before, the early leaks about facing the Saints and Browns early on ended up being spot on, but the other two games in September make it clear that Los Angeles will be heavily tested right away.
Along with kicking off the new season on the road against a Carolina Panthers team looking for redemption after collapsing in the second half of last year, the final game in September for the Rams will come against another hungry team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite these two teams finishing below .500 last season, the potential is certainly there for both the Panthers and Buccaneers to get back on track in 2019 with the talent they have to work with, meaning these games could be far from easy for Los Angeles.
After finishing on top of the NFC before coming up short in Super Bowl 53 to the New England Patriots, the Rams already knew they would be playing with targets on their backs once again throughout the 2019 season, which makes September even more important.
Los Angeles is already facing enough pressure with all of the uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley with his knee issues, and even two losses in those first four games could result in additional pressure heading into October, so here’s to hoping the Rams get off to a hot start in 2019.