The long awaited 2019 schedule is now set. As always, sleeper teams will emerge and few established teams will decline, but as it stands now here is a ranking of the Rams’ games in order of intrigue, from least to greatest:
16) Week 17 Arizona Cardinals
Not to jinx anything, but there’s a great chance that the Rams will be resting players in their home finale. If not, then it should be a fairly easy victory, if that’s possible in a divisional game against a team they just played. That being said, this will be the Rams’ final regular season game at the Coliseum, so that adds at least .3 to this game’s intrigue score.
Intrigue level: 0.3
15) Week 13 At Arizona Cardinals
We see the Cardinals every year, so unless Kliff Kingsbury is able to stir things up in the desert, the sight of the Cardinals doesn’t intrigue.
Intrigue level: 4
14) Week 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This has feel-good game written all over it, similar to last season’s Week 2 tune-up against the Arizona Cardinals. The game lands in between a gauntlet of difficult early season matchups.
Intrigue level: 5
13) Week 16 at San Francisco 49ers
If there’s still anything at stake, this could be a huge game. It does feel like late-season games against the Niners rarely mater though, so let’s see
Intrigue level: 5.5
12) Week 7 at Atlanta Falcons
The Rams will look to erase memories of the last time the played in Atlanta, this time it’s against the Falcons instead of the New England Patriots though. The Falcons will be looking for a bounce-back season and could end up being a feisty opponent at home.
Intrigue level: 6
11) Week 8 Cincinnati Bengals (at London)
The players hate London games, but this game will be an interesting barometer of where the Rams’ brand stands. Last time the Rams went to London, there were far more Cardinals fans in attendance at Twickenham Stadium. Following a couple of playoff appearances it will be interesting to see if the Rams international following has grown as it should.
Intrigue level: 6
10) Week 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers
We don’t get to see the Rams and Steelers share the field often, so this one should look cool, even if Pittsburgh seems to have lost some firepower on offense.
Intrigue level: 6.5
9) Week 15 at Dallas Cowboys
This late season matchup could be a big deal, as Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke enjoy club sandwiches from Jones’ suite. Following a divisional round drubbing in L.A. last season, will the Cowboys have any answers this time?
Intrigue level: 7
8) Week 6 San Francisco 49ers
The Rams have been waiting to renew their rivalry with the 49ers, but last year the 49ers mostly floundered following an early season Jimmy Garoppolo injury. This one could be a lot more competitive than last season’s maulings.
Intrigue level: 7
7) Week 14 Seattle Seahawks (Sunday Night Football)
Another playoff type of atmosphere at the Coliseum, this time for a game that may have strong playoff implications against the Rams’ old pals from up the coast.
Intrigue level: 8.3
6) Week 12 Baltimore Ravens (Monday Night Football)
Following the Bears game, the Rams’ offense will quickly be tested again against the Baltimore Ravens. If they are able to move the ball effectively against the Bears and Ravens then they will likely have taken another step in their evolution under Coach McVay. If not, then we’ll have plenty to worry about. Also, this game might serve up the Rams best home field advantage of the season.
Intrigue level: 8.788
5) Week 5 at Seattle (Sunday Night Football)
Last year’s victories over the Seattle Seahawks were hard fought wars, and this game will probably pack the same punch. Century Link Field for a night game will bring a playoff atmosphere. Will the Rams be able to do a better job against the Seahawks’ ground attack this time around? I’m intrigued.
Intrigue level: 8.789
4) Week 1 at Carolina Panthers
It’s the Rams first game of the season, and we won’t have seen any starters all preseason, so this one will be exciting as can be. By the way, this could be very tough game that has NFC playoff implications down the line.
Intrigue level: 8.78
3) Week 3 at Cleveland Browns (Sunday Night Football)
A rare matchup with the rebooted Browns will have a ton of excitement surrounding it, and will be the Browns’ first shot against an elite team. It will be one of a series of challenges the Rams will encounter early on. If they get through this stretch with only a loss or two, they’ll be set up to contend for home-field advantage again.
Intrigue level: 9
2) Week 11 vs Chicago Bears (Sunday Night Football)
A prime time date with the Chicago Bears will show us whether Sean McVay and Jared Goff have been able to solve some of the puzzles that confounded them last season; and will be a great measuring stick to see if the Rams offense has been figured out or if they will be able to keep their high-octane attack running into their long-term future.
Intrigue level: 9.75
1) Week 2 vs New Orleans Saints
For obvious reasons, the NFC Championship rematch (also known as the Tissue Game) can’t come soon enough for either team or their fans. Also, all narratives aside, this one should just be a straight up great football game between two NFC juggernauts.
Intrigue level: 10
Enjoy the season folks! (even that last Cardinals game)
What game are you looking forward to the most this season?
This poll is closed
at Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
at Cleveland Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers
At Atlanta Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals (London)
At Pittsburgh Steelers
At Arizona Cardinals
At Dallas Cowboys
At San Francisco 49ers