St. Louis Rams schedule analysis

April, 17, 2012
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Breakdown: Jeff Fisher's addition as coach raised the Rams' profile, but not enough for the team to secure a Monday night game. A Thursday night home game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 4 will have to suffice in the prime-time department. That's what happens when a team goes 15-65 over a five-year period.

The Rams open at Detroit, a rough test for them on just about every front, but they return home to face the Washington Redskins -- and, probably, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III -- in Week 2. Drawing Griffin early in the season, before he's had much seasoning, seems like a welcome development. But with two of the first three games on the road -- a trip to Chicago awaits in Week 3 -- the Rams do faces challenges early.

The NFL gave the Rams a home game against Green Bay on Oct. 21 before the team heads to London. The bye week naturally falls one week later, but then it's off to San Francisco for a tough test against the 49ers' defense on Nov. 11.

Complaint department: The Rams play three of their final four games on the road on opposite coasts, including a Dec. 9 trip to Buffalo and road games against Tampa Bay and Seattle in the final two weeks of the regular season. A Dec. 16 home game against Minnesota interrupts the road trip, but this will be a tough closing stretch for the Rams. They play only three games in the Edward Jones Dome over the final 10 weeks of the season, counting their Week 9 bye. That's the price of playing in London and getting a four-week stretch with three home games beginning in Week 2.

Heading overseas: Agreeing to play a game in London diminishes a favorable stretch of the schedule. The Rams have four home games during a five-game stretch beginning with a Week 4 game against Seattle, but the final game of that stretch falls against New England across the Atlantic. Being the "home" team against the Patriots in London renders no advantage.

Rams Regular-Season Schedule (All times ET)

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, at Detroit, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, Washington, 4:05 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, Seattle, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Thursday, Oct. 4, Arizona, 8:20 PM
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, at Miami, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, Green Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, New England, 1:00 PM
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, at San Francisco, 4:15 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, NY Jets, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, at Arizona, 4:15 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, San Francisco, 1:00 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, Minnesota, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at Seattle, 4:15 PM

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