LA Rams 2024 schedule: Grudge matches, Rookie QBs, lots to love for Rams fans

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Grudge matches

There will always be a team or two on the schedule that adds a bit of spice to the season. Now, that will always apply to the NFC West Division rivals. What I am referring to are those teams who for one reason or another, have a bone to pick with the Rams, or who have given the Rams reason enough to circle the calendar date for their matchup.

@ New Orleans Saints

There will always be bad blood between the New Orleans Saints and the LA Rams, ever since the 2018 NFC Championship Game that included a controversial no-call of potential pass interference from then nickel cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, whose reactions from Saints fans included death threats to the team's slot cornerback. Since that time, the rage has cooled to a smoldering fury. But you can bet Saints fans will be more than happy to jeer and cheer loudly in this one.

@ Detroit Lions

After the swap of quarterbacks, the Rams and Lions fan bases were more than happy to play nice. But that all changed whent he LA Rams faced the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs. Despite having lived and played for the Lions for years, the Stafford family was subjected to the rude and rowdy Lions fanbase, including taunting the Stafford children. That crossed a line. The Rams lost that game by just one point, despite going 0 for 3 in the red zone. The Rams upgraded their red zone capability. Look for a different outcome in this one.

Hosting Buffalo Bills

It's a bit surprising to consider the AFC East Division Buffalo Bills as a grudge match, but you can thank Bills GM Brandon Beane for that. You see, when the Rams opted to tear their roster down to the studs and remodel the team in the 2023 offseason, Bills GM Brandon Beane chimed in to throw shade at the Rams for their struggles under the NFL salary cap. So it was poetic justice when, just one year later, Beane and the Bills were forced to the same cap-shedding strategy. Add the fact that the Bills love to sign free-agent players from the Rams and you've got the makings of a true battle royale.