The Rams made the playoffs for the third time in four seasons under coach Sean McVay in 2020. They will look to build on a 10-6 second-place wild-card finish in the NFC West this season.
Los Angeles will go through its 2021 NFL schedule with a new starting quarterback, former Lion Matthew Stafford. The team will also try to keep up its defensive prowess after losing coordinator Brandon Staley to the crosstown Chargers.
Here is a complete breakdown of the Los Angeles Rams’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.
Los Angeles Rams schedule 2021
Here is the Los Angeles Rams’ complete schedule for 2021.
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Bears||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||at Colts||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 7 (Thursday)||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|6||Oct. 17||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Lions||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|8||Oct. 31||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Titans||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15 (Monday)||at 49ers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||at Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Jaguars||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 13 (Monday)||at Cardinals||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|16||Dec. 26||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||at Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
The Rams will need to work hard to keep their standing with their six tricky games against the NFC West. They also, like the rest of the division, play the entire NFC North and all of the AFC South.
With their No. 2 finish, the Rams also draw the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and the Giants from the NFC. Their bonus game isn’t easy, against the AFC North runner-up Ravens.
Rams strength of schedule
The Rams have the 10th-toughest schedule in the NFL. Their 2021 opponents combined to go 140-132 in 2020, for a winning percentage of .515.
The Seahawks give the Rams two games against returning playoff teams from the division. With the Bucs, Ravens, Bears, Titans, Packers and Colts, that total goes up to eight of their 17 games.
Toughest tests: The Buccaneers at home is the worst overall matchup. On the road, the Rams must go to Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Minnesota and New York. Stafford will see a lot of his former division as he tries to work toward the first playoff victory of his career.
Biggest breaks: The Rams, beyond the Bucs, have a nice home slate outside the division, as the Bears and Titans are both manageable matchups vs. Midwest teams. The trio of the Jaguars, Texans and Lions form a welcome respite from a loaded schedule.
Bottom line: The Rams have high expectations with the thought that Stafford will take McVay’s offense to the next level, supported by a good running game and a still-strong defense minus Staley plus Aaron Donald. But the Seahawks and Cardinals remain daunting and the 49ers will be a bigger force in division play. There will be some regression, but Los Angeles will keep a playoff team’s profile.
Record prediction: 9-8