No such bump this year.
The Rams pinballed through a 4-12 season, fired their head coach and repaid the preseason and early season excitement with the ignominy of failure. Now with a new head coach in Sean McVay, a host of free agent signings and the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, the Rams are hoping to reverse course toward what would be their first winning season since 2003.
If they’re going to do so in 2017, they’re going to build into it on their schedule for the 2017 preseason:
2017 Los Angeles Rams Preseason Schedule
|v. Dallas Cowboys||Sat., Aug. 12||9pm ET/6pm PT||CBS/Univision|
|at Oakland Raiders||Sat., Aug. 19||10pm ET/7pm PT||CBS/Univision|
|v. Los Angeles Chargers||Sat., Aug. 26||8pm ET/5pm PT||CBS (national)|
|at Green Bay Packers||Thu., Aug. 31||7pm ET/4pm PT||CBS/Univision|
Obviously that game between the Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers jumps out, but let’s not discount the preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. That will be Dallas’ second preseason game as they’ve got the Hall of Fame game this year. For the Rams, it will be our first look at the new offense under new Head Coach Sean McVay. Adding some intrigue is that the Cowboys hold their training camp in nearby Oxnard, California...the site of the fight between the Cowboys and Rams in the last of their joint training camp practices in 2015. I mention that only to note there will be tons of Cowboy fans around for that Preseason Week 1 game on top of the traveling fans as part of their huge fan base. Throw in the connection between Rams Owner Stan Kroenke and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and you’ve got plenty of spokes in the hub.
Oh, and the Rams and Cowboys will play each other in the regular season too.
Here are the Rams’ 2017 opponents:
Los Angeles Rams 2017 Regular Season Opponents
|Washington Redskins||Dallas Cowboys|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Tennessee Titans|
|Houston Texans||New York Giants|
|Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|New Orleans Saints||Minnesota Vikings|
|Arizona Cardinals*||Arizona Cardinals|
|Seattle Seahawks||Seattle Seahawks|
|San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco 49ers|
Stay tuned for more analysis.