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St. Louis Rams 2015: The Most Important Game On The Schedule

When a season consists of 16 games, every one matters. But which one is most important for the St. Louis Rams?

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Over at Fox Sports, they’ve highlighted the most important games of 2015 for each NFL team.  There are plenty of factors that come into play when trying to identify a team’s "most important" game.

Could it be a team that needs to get off to a fast start, and a Week 1 win equates to much needed momentum?  Could it simply be a victory against a bitter rival that sparks the fire that helps a team to string together a few wins?  Or maybe it’s the season finale, when a team is desperate for one final win that could push them into the postseason.

Maybe it’s combination.

They’ve pegged the Rams’ home opener [vs. the Seahawks] as the team’s most important matchup of 2015.

"A Rams victory here over the two-time defending division champion would send the statement that the Rams are very much for real in the NFC West race" reads the caption.

It goes without saying that every game against the Seahawks is a vital one.  But depending on your level of disdain for a particular divisional foe, it’s [typically] a game against the Hawks or 49ers that a Rams’ fan most looks forward to celebrating a win.  So Fox got it right there.

Wins against the Seahawks - who’ve been to the playoffs for three straight years, and the Super Bowl in two of them - never come easy.  Seattle has won 7 out of the last 10, but the Rams have faired "better" in most recent years.  Better = splitting the series in two of the past three seasons.  And barring the "Great Corner Fade From Clemens-to-Quick in 2013" the series may very well be tied over the past three years.

But it’s not.  And some of us [me] need to move on...

And about those home openers.  I’d be hard-pressed to say that any team’s home opener is a "must win," or the most important of their season, but that opinion is my own.  Losing a home opener sets a tone.  Losing to a bitter rival certainly doesn’t lessen the blow.

The Rams, over the past 10 seasons, have struggled to win their first game.  They’ve gone 2-8, with their only wins coming in 2006 [Broncos] and 2013 [Cardinals].  One of the eight losses came in 2009, when the Seahawks defeated the Rams 28-0 in Seattle.

So, have a look at the Rams’ 2015 schedule.  Did Fox Sports get the most important matchup right?

1 Seattle Seahawks Home Sep. 13 1pm Fox
2 Washington Away Sep. 20 1pm Fox
3 Pittsburgh Steelers Home Sep. 27 1pm CBS
4 Arizona Cardinals Away Oct. 4 4:25pm Fox
5 Green Bay Packers Away Oct. 11 1pm CBS
7 Cleveland Browns Home Oct. 25 1pm CBS
8 San Francisco 49ers Home Nov. 1 1pm Fox
9 Minnesota Vikings Away Nov. 8 1pm Fox
10 Chicago Bears Home Nov. 15 1pm Fox
11 Baltimore Ravens Away Nov. 22 1pm Fox
12 Cincinnati Bengals Away Nov. 29 1pm Fox
13 Arizona Cardinals Home Dec. 6 1pm Fox
14 Detroit Lions Home Dec. 13 1pm Fox
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home Dec. 17 8:25pm NFL
16 Seattle Seahawks Away Dec. 27 4:25pm Fox
17 San Francisco 49ers Away Jan. 3 4:25pm Fox