Another exciting Los Angeles Rams campaign is on the horizon. The Rams start training camp in less than 10 days, they host the LA Chargers on Aug. 14, and then they open the 2021 schedule at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. Expect LA to be home to some of the biggest games of the year, and then again in February when SoFi Stadium is host to the Super Bowl.
Will the Rams be there? First, they’ll need to win their most important games of 2021. Here are six to watch for with the season fast approaching:
Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9/26)
If you want to be the best, you got to beat the best first. Last season, LA squeaked out a 27-24 win in Tampa before the Bucs heated up en route to a breathtaking Super Bowl title run. The Buccaneers boast one of the league’s most complete rosters after returning every major contributor this offseason. As long as Tom Brady isn’t throwing two passes on the same play the entire game, we’ll be fine. Next February, let’s pray that Rams players will be the ones recklessly tossing the Lombardi Trophy around.
Week 7: vs Detroit Lions (Sun 10/24)
Former signal-caller Jared Goff says he has extra motivation after being traded earlier this offseason. The Lions will likely be godawful to watch this year, as it is their forte. However, both Goff and the newly-acquired Matthew Stafford will get a chance to show their former organizations what they’re missing.
Week 9: vs Tennessee Titans (Sun 11/7)
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey regarded new Titans’ wideout Julio Jones as one of the toughest receivers to guard. Ramsey even tried recruiting Jones whom he deemed would make the passing attack “unstoppable.” Be careful what you wish for Jalen, as he will be picking his poison between Julio or Tennessee’s other stud pass-catcher, A.J. Brown all afternoon. Aaron Donald and company will have their hands full against last season’s 2,000-yard rushing king, Derrick Henry. This game will be a fun litmus test to see how LA competes against one of the best teams in the AFC.
Jeremy Fowlers WR Poll:— Guilty As Charged Podcast (@GACPodcast17) July 14, 2021
The Top 10 receivers according to the NFL
1. Davante Adams (GB)
2. DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)
3. Stefon Diggs (BUF)
4. Tyreek Hill (KC)
5. Julio Jones (TEN)
6. Keenan Allen (LAC)
7. Mike Evans (TB)
8. Michael Thomas (NO)
9. DK Metcalf (SEA)
10. A.J. Brown (TEN) pic.twitter.com/Lo3HvfADPA
Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers (Mon 11/15)
Not to conjure up any bitter memories, but did you know the Rams haven’t beaten the 49ers since a 48-32 win in 2018? 2018! To add even more fuel to the fire, Niners safety Jimmie Ward criticized Stafford by citing, “He’s the same quarterback who was on the Detroit Lions and they still didn’t go to the playoffs”. Actually Jimmie, Matthew led the Lions to the playoffs three times and who knows what he could have accomplished with a competent organization? Anyways, San Francisco always plays hard for head coach Kyle Shanahan no matter their record so it’s wise not to discount them.
Week 12: at Green Bay Packers (Sun 11/28)
This playoff rematch should be quite the spectacle as long as a certain someone is playing. (Mr. Rodgers, at least report back to the Packers to play this one. You can go back to sitting out or whatever you’re doing once it’s over.) LA’s top-ranked defense has this game circled on their calendars after Green Bay torched them for nearly 500 yards of offense. Aaron Donald is especially chomping at the bit as he was hampered by a significant rib injury the first go-around. Again, the quality of this game hinges on Aaron Rodgers so for the love of all things holy, figure your situation out already, buddy!
Week 17: at Baltimore Ravens (Sun 01/02)
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson punctuated his 2019 MVP campaign by throwing five touchdowns while rushing for an additional 95 yards in a 45-6 win over the hapless Rams. I really need to quit bringing up these horrible memories don’t I? The Ravens run game is a whole other monster to contend with as the team has rushed over the century mark in each of Jackson’s starts including 39 straight regular-season games. Baltimore is an AFC favorite once more so LA should be better equipped to prevent them from running them off the field again. I mean, Lamar couldn’t run for five touchdowns this time ... could he?
Los Angeles opens the 2021 NFL season on Sept. 12, hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.