If any questions still lingered about the surge to prominence of the NFC West Division, one need look no further than the Rams’ 2013 schedule for proof that the NFC West is now one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL.
The NFL released the schedule for the 2013 season in a primetime event on NFL Network on Thursday night and the Rams find themselves set to take center stage against divisional foes on at least two occasions.
On Sept. 26, the Rams will host San Francisco at the Edward Jones Dome for a Thursday Night Football tilt on NFL Network with a 7:25 p.m. kickoff. Four weeks later, the Rams welcome another heated divisional opponent in the form of the Seattle Seahawks for a Monday Night Football clash on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The Monday night game is the first at the Edward Jones Dome since the Rams played Chicago in 2006. This is the first time since 2004 that the Rams have hosted multiple primetime games.
“We are thrilled for our fans that Monday Night Football is returning to St. Louis for the first time since 2006,” Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/COO Kevin Demoff said. “The opportunity to host two primetime games against division rivals is a direct reflection on the passion of our fan base and what a special environment the Edward Jones Dome can be at night. Our fans proved to be the edge in many games last year and the outstanding home schedule this year will give them the chance to make a difference once again.”
In sticking with the division opponent theme, the Rams will open the season on Sept. 8 against Arizona at the Edward Jones Dome. That game kicks off at 3:25 p.m.
From there, the Rams begin a series of two games on the road, two games at home, two more on the road and two more at home featuring the Monday night showdown with the Seahawks.
Week two has the Rams traveling to Atlanta to see old friend Steven Jackson and the Falcons for a Sept. 15 tilt. The Rams stay on the road the following week with a trip to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sept. 22.
After that two-week absence, the Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome for the aforementioned Thursday night game against San Francisco. Following what amounts to something of a mini bye week, the Rams will welcome Jacksonville to the Edward Jones Dome for an Oct. 6 game.
The Rams head back to the road with another trip to Texas on Oct. 13, this time venturing to Houston to play the Texas. That is followed by a trip to Carolina to take on the Panthers on Oct. 20.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher renews acquaintances with his former team on Nov. 3 as the Rams take on Tennessee a week after the Monday nighter against Seattle.
The tour of the AFC South ends the following week with a visit to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts on Nov. 10.
Then, the Rams finally get their bye week in Week 11.
On the back half of the season, the Rams’ schedule bears a striking resemblance to the one they played in the final part of last year with a heavy emphasis again on traveling west.
The first game after the bye has the Rams taking on Chicago at the Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 24 before they hit the road for consecutive road games within the NFC West.
They visit San Francisco on Dec. 1 and follow with a trip to Arizona for a Dec. 8 meeting.
The holidays will see the Rams returning to the Edward Jones Dome for two weeks with matchups against NFC South opponents in back to back weeks. New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees are first up with a Dec. 15 meeting and Tampa Bay comes calling in the second to last week of the year for the second consecutive year set for Dec. 22.
To top it all off, the Rams will end the season the same way they did last year with a second straight regular season finale in Seattle to play the Seahawks. It’s the third time in four years the Rams will wrap up the regular season at CenturyLink Field.
Rams 2013 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 – Arizona 9/8 @ 3:25
Week 2 – at Atlanta 9/15 @ noon
Week 3 – at Dallas 9/22 @ noon
Week 4 – 49ers (Thursday) 9/26 @ 7:25
Week 5 – Jacksonville 10/6 @ noon
Week 6 – at Houston 10/13 @ noon
Week 7 – at Carolina 10/20 @ noon
Week 8 – Seattle (Monday) 10/28 @ 7:30
Week 9 – Tennessee 11/3 @ noon
Week 10 – at Indianapolis 11/10 @ noon
Week 11 – BYE 11/17
Week 12 – Chicago 11/24 @ noon
Week 13 – at SF 12/1 @ 3:25
Week 14 – at Arizona 12/8 @ 3:25
Week 15 – New Orleans 12/15 @ noon
Week 16 – Tampa 12/22 @ noon
Week 17 – at Seattle 12/29 @ 3:25
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