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2016 Los Angeles Rams Scheduled Opponents’ OTA Roundup

Here’s how things are shaping up for the Rams’ 2016 opponents after their offseason programs wrapped up.

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Preseason Game 1 - v. Dallas Cowboys, Aug. 13

Blogging the Boys

Training camp is to build the playbook. The preseason is meant to build the roster.

Here’s how the Cowboys are looking roster-wise with their offseason slate behind them. Worth thinking about how their 53-man fringe matches up against the candidates for the Rams who will be battling for a spot come August.

Preseason Game 2 - v. Kansas City Chiefs, Aug. 20

Arrowhead Pride

The Governor’s Cup is dead. Long live the CaliZzou Cup! And yes, that’s what it’s being called now (mostly by me) since the Chiefs are trying to soak up the recently vacated St. Louis market. Them’s fightin, uh, plans.

And we’re still just at Preseason Game #2, so here’s some 53-man stuff on KC as well.

Preseason Game 3 - @ Denver Broncos, Aug. 27

Mile High Report

The Broncos have, uh, an interesting QB depth chart coming off of a Super Bowl championship and Peyton Manning’s retirement...

Preseason Game 4 - @ Minnesota Vikings, Sep. 1

Daily Norseman

Vikings fans are asking it about Adrian Peterson, so we’re gonna have to ask it about Todd Gurley...

Should they even play in the preseason?

Week 1 - @ San Francisco 49ers, Sep. 12

Niners Nation

Veteran roster battles. Might need to keep an eye on this one over the preseason ahead of MNF, Rams fans.

Week 2 - v. Seattle Seahawks, Sep. 18

Field Gulls

53-man talk is the dao.

Week 3 - @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sep. 25

Bucs Nation

The Bucs spent the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Jameis Winston. While he had a very impressive rookie year, interceptions were a legitimate concern. Is a similar set of circumstances developing for Rams’ rookie Jared Goff, the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?

Week 4 - @ Arizona Cardinals, Oct. 2

Revenge of the Birds

The Cardinals have the NFL’s top defensive trio.

The Cardinals have the NFL’s best wide receivers.

The Cardinals have the NFL’s most versatile defender.

Are the Arizona Cardinals a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2016?

Week 5 - v. Buffalo Bills, Oct. 9

Buffalo Rumblings

Did the Buffalo Bills have the worst offseason of any team in the NFL? Maybe.

Week 6 - @ Detroit Lions, Oct. 16

Pride of Detroit

Is Matthew Stafford the most underrated QB in the NFL? Maybe.

Week 7 - v.* New York Giants, Oct. 23

Big Blue View

* - The Rams' game against the Giants will be played in London, England, October 23

53-man roster projections. We must.

Week 8 - BYE

Week 9 - v. Carolina Panthers, Nov. 6

Cat Scratch Reader

OTA wrap-up. Panthers fans get the benefit of a bump in media coverage following a Super Bowl berth. As long as they’ve got Cam Newton, are they a lock to make the playoffs in 2016?

Week 10 - @ New York Jets, Nov. 13

Gang Green Nation

The Jets’ tight end depth chart was one of the best in the NFL in 2015. Are the Rams headed that way with their turnover in 2016?

Week 11 - v. Miami Dolphins, Nov. 20

The Phinsider

The grass is always greener. That’s the case with every NFL team looking at a head coach on the hot seat. For the Dolphins, they’re riding high in the greener pastures with new head coach Adam Gase. As the Rams have yet to produce a winning season under head coach Jeff Fisher, that grass is looking awfully green for Rams fans right now.

It’s therefore worth eyeing the Dolphins’ progress in 2016...or lack thereof.

Week 12 - @ New Orleans Saints, Nov. 27

Canal Street Chronicles

Hau’oli Kikaha is out for the season with an ACL injury. Again. Horrible. Worth keeping in mind as we approach training camp that injuries can derail a season before it even begins...

Week 13 - @ New England Patriots, Dec. 4

Pats Pulpit

Legit Q - how long can the Belichick/Brady Patriots last?

Week 14 - v. Atlanta Falcons, Dec. 11

The Falcoholic

Since Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff took over, Atlanta has had five winning seasons out of eight, won the division twice and had one NFC Championship berth.

Since Rams GM Les Snead took over, the Rams have had zero winning seasons out of four, won the division never and watch the NFC Championship at home every year.

Guess which GM is on the hot seat...

Week 15 - @ Seattle Seahawks, Dec. 15

Field Gulls

To Russell Wilson or not to Russell Wilson?

Week 16 - v. San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 24

Niners Nation

Did the Niners hit rock bottom in 2015?

Week 17 - v. Arizona Cardinals, Jan. 1

Revenge of the Birds

53-man projection. Getting the bottom third of this right for Week 1 may be the difference between a first-round bye and having to play in the wild card round of the playoffs for the 2016 Arizona Cardinals.