The NFL will release its schedule on Thursday and for the first time in league history, teams will play a 17 game schedule. Over the last couple of years, the Los Angeles Rams have had one of the more exciting teams in the NFL and because of that, they’ve found themselves playing their fair share of primetime games. This is after going years playing minimal games in primetime. Looking at this season’s slate of Rams opponents, here are the top-5 candidates for primetime.
5. Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
This is a game that should be expected to be on prime time. The Rams and Cowboys have split their last two meetings with Los Angeles winning the playoff meeting two years ago. These are two of the premier teams in the NFC which provides for an exciting matchup, but there are a lot of storylines here as well. Jared Goff vs. Dak Prescott. Jalen Ramsey vs. Amari Cooper and Cee Dee Lamb. On top of that, Jerry Jones also helped Rams owner Stan Kroenke build the new So-Fi Stadium. This is a game that should be a lock for Sunday or Monday Night Football.
4. Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
Each team in the NFL typically gets a Thursday Night Football game. The Rams have played the 49ers and Seahawks in recent years on Thursday Night. The Cardinals are a team on the rise with head coach Kliff Klingsbury, quarterback Kyler Murray, and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. This will make for a fun matchup and is a perfect candidate for Thursday Night.
3. Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Rams play in their flashy new stadium this season and it wouldn’t be right of they didn’t play their biggest division rival in the new stadium in prime time. Rams-49ers is arguably one of the best rivalries in any of the four major American sports. These two teams have put on some exciting games over the past couple of years. In 2017, they played one of the best Thursday Night Football Games ever and then last year the 49ers won on a last-second field goal in Week 16 on Saturday Night Football. It would be shocking if this game doesn’t end up in primetime if not the Monday Night Football opener.
2. Los Angeles Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Rams and Eagles have had some good battles over the last couple of years. No. 1 vs. No. 2 pick in the same draft class. Sean McVay has never beaten Doug Pederson. Put this game in Philadelphia in November or December and it could be a fun game with two teams in the middle of a playoff hunt. These two teams played on Sunday Night Football two years ago and that’s exactly when they should play again.
1. Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
These two teams played one of the more exciting and higher scoring games last season. After trailing 21-0, the Rams fought back to bring the game within one score at 45-40. However, the Buccaneers would score the game’s final 10 points. Tom Brady is now at the helm in Tampa Bay and the last time he faced the Rams was in the Super Bowl. These are two teams with high-flying offenses that will make for great primetime football.