Rams schedule 2024: Every opponent ranked from easiest to hardest

And these rankings don't won't ever change.
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions
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By now, you've probably memorized the Rams' schedule by heart. The official 17-game lineup dropped on Wednesday night, meaning that you're now free to spend the next two months deciding if they're going to win the NFC West by two games, or three. Optimism will never be as readily available as it is right now, so why not just bask in the glory that is "some news about football" and deal with the harsh realities of a long summer of nothing when the time comes.

So now that we know who the Rams are playing, and when, it's time to rank some stuff. What did you think we were going to do with all this new info? Just let it rattle around aimlessly in our head? No way. We rank things here. But first, here's how the Rams schedule looks:

Week 1: @ Detroit Lions (SNF)
Week 2:
@ Arizona Cardinals
Week 3:
vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 4:
@ Chicago Bears
Week 5:
vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 6:
Week 7:
vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 8:
vs. Minnesota Vikings (TNF)
Week 9:
@ Seattle Seahawks
Week 10:
vs. Miami Dolphins (MNF)
Week 11:
@ New England Patriots
Week 12:
vs. Philadelphia Eagles (SNF)
Week 13:
@ New Orleans Saints
Week 14:
vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 15:
@ San Francisco 49ers
Week 16:
@ New York Jets
Week 17:
vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 18:
vs. Seattle Seahawks

So let's get ranking.

These May Be Kinda Boring

17. Arizona Cardinals (Home)
16. New England Patriots (Away)
15. Las Vegas Raiders (Home)
16. Minnesota Vikings (Home)

If anything, the Cardinals will be more fun to watch this year. They're about to lose so many 35-28 football games. Marvin Harrison Jr's going to be a problem for even the best secondary in the NFC West, but if you're not beating the Cardinals at home, I don't know what to tell you. Same thing goes for Gardner Minshew. Week 11's game in New England looks a lot tougher if Drake Maye has gotten comfortable by mid-November, but the Patriots' questions on offense go beyond him. And getting JJ McCarthy on a Thursday night just feels like a game that people are only going to half-watch. It doesn't hurt that three of the Rams' four nationally televised games are at home.

The Difference Between 7-10 and 10-7

15. Chicago Bears (Away)
14. New Orleans Saints (Away)
13. Seattle Seahawks (Home)
12. New York Jets (Away)
11. Arizona Cardinals (Away)

Even more good news for the Rams is that a ton of their road games look, at least on the surface, very winnable. If Caleb Williams ends up being the star that people think he will be, this is the year – in Week 4 – to sneak away with a road win on him. Chicago, New Orleans, and New York are all good enough to beat the Rams at home, but if they really consider themselves playoff contenders, these are some of the games you suprise people with.

At Least They're At Home?

10. Miami Dolphins (Home)
9. Buffalo Bills (Home)
8. Philadelphia Eagles (Home)
7. Seattle Seahawks (Away)

Getting the Dolphins, Bills, and Eagles all at home is some once-in-a-generation type luck. And for both the Miami (Monday Night Football) and Philly (Sunday Night Football) games, the Rams will have extra rest time. For a schedule with a lot of nationally televised games on it, it's about as good as it gets.

Maybe They'll Cover

4. Green Bay Packers (Home)
3. San Francisco 49ers (Home)
2. San Francisco 49ers (Away)
1. Detroit Lions (Away)

The Rams' toughest game of the season is Week 1, and then it'll be a breeze.