ST. LOUIS, MO. – The St. Louis Rams will kickoff their 2011 preseason in Canton, Ohio as they face the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 7.
“It’s an honor to play in Canton and pay tribute to the careers of our own Marshall Faulk and Les Richter, as well as the other outstanding individuals who are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year,” Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “What a great NFL event to be a part of and a tremendous experience for our team. We are excited to kickoff the 2011 season by competing against our preseason slate of opponents as well as participating in the Hall of Fame game.”
The Rams’ appearance in Canton will be the franchise’s fourth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, and the Rams boast a 2-1 record in the special contest. St. Louis last participated in the event in 2001 when the Rams defeated the Miami Dolphins.
The Hall of Fame Game will take place a day after former Rams RB Marshall Faulk and LB Les Richter are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. St. Louis’ opponent in the game will celebrate the induction of former Bears DE Richard Dent as well. The Rams and Bears have previously faced each other six times in the preseason with the last meeting taking place in 2005.
Following their return from Canton, the Rams will host the Colts at the Edward Jones Dome (Aug. 11-15). The game will mark just the second preseason contest between the Rams and Colts. The Rams kicked off their 2006 preseason with a 19-17 victory in St. Louis.
In their third week of preseason play (Aug. 18-22), the Rams will remain at home to face the Titans, the team St. Louis defeated in Super Bowl XXXIV. The Rams and Titans have previously met nine times in the preseason, the last coming in 2008 in Nashville. This year’s game will mark Tennessee’s first ever preseason trip to St. Louis.
The Rams and Chiefs will resume their preseason battle for the Governor’s Cup when the cross-state rivals square off at Arrowhead Stadium in St. Louis’ fourth preseason contest (Aug. 25-29). Prior to last season, when the Rams hosted Kansas City in the regular season, the Rams and Chiefs had played each other in nine consecutive preseasons (2001-09). This year’s contest will be the 21st preseason meeting between the teams, with the Rams holding a 12-8 advantage in the series.
St. Louis will wrap up its preseason schedule in Jacksonville (Sept. 1-2). The Rams and Jaguars played preseason contests in Jacksonville’s first two seasons of existence (1995 and ’96), but this year’s game will be the first preseason meeting since. The Rams are 2-0 in the preseason series.
Specific dates and times for the final four preseason contests will be announced at a later date.
ST. LOUIS RAMS 2011 PRESEASON OPPONENTS
Hall of Fame Game (Sun., Aug. 7) – Chicago Bears at Canton, Ohio
Week 1 (Aug. 11-15)– Indianapolis Colts
Week 2 (Aug. 18-22)– Tennessee Titans
Week 3 (Aug. 25-29) - @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 (Sept. 1-2)– @ Jacksonville Jaguars