The St. Louis Rams will kick off their 2014 schedule at home against the Minnesota Vikings and will host a Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers (Week 6) and a Thursday Night contest against the Arizona Cardinals (Week 15), the NFL announced Wednesday.
“This is always one of the most anticipated days of the NFL offseason,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’re excited to open the season at home in front of our fans against Minnesota. The Edward Jones Dome is one of the toughest venues in the NFL because of the atmosphere our fans create. It’s a great place to begin our quest to becoming NFC West champions.”
This season marks the second in a row and fourth time in five years that the Rams will play at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 1. The Rams and Vikings have never previously met in Week 1. Kick off for the regular season opener is scheduled for noon Central time.
In Week 2, the Rams travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in a 3:05 kick off. The Rams have defeated the Bucs in each of the last two seasons, and St. Louis holds a 13-8 advantage in the all-time series.
The Rams return home in Week 3 to face the Dallas Cowboys. The 2014 contest will mark the third meeting in four seasons between the Rams and Cowboys. Dallas leads the all-time series, 16-15, although St. Louis won the last meeting at the Edward Jones Dome, which came in 2008.
Following their game against the Cowboys, the Rams will enjoy their bye in Week 4. They’ll stay in the NFC East in Week 5 as they travel to Philadelphia. The all-time series between the Rams and Eagles is tied, 19-19-1.
Week 6 brings the 49ers to town, as well as Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and the ESPN Monday Night Football crew. San Francisco owns a 64-62-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Oct. 13 contest will be the ninth Monday Night Football game between the Rams and their NFC West rivals.
Divisional play continues for St. Louis in Week 7 as the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks visit the Edward Jones Dome. Seattle has won three-consecutive games against the Rams.
The Rams begin a three-game road stand in Week 8, beginning with their shortest trip of the season. On Oct. 26, the Rams make their first trip to Arrowhead Stadium since 2002 to battle for the Governor’s Cup. Kansas City holds a slight 6-4 advantage in the series.
A pair of NFC West road games follows, as St. Louis visits San Francisco and Arizona in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively.
In Week 11, the Rams kick off a three-game stretch against AFC West opponents, starting with a home game against Peyton Manning and the defending AFC Champion Denver Broncos. A trip to San Diego (Nov. 23) comes in Week 12. The Rams won the last meeting (2010) and lead the all-time series with the Chargers, 6-4. A week later (Nov. 30), the Oakland Raiders make their first trip to St. Louis since 2002.
St. Louis visits the Washington Redskins in Week 14, which marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the two teams have faced each other. The Rams have won two of the last three contests against Washington.
The Rams will be on primetime television again in Week 15 as the Cardinals visit for a Thursday night contest. Arizona and St. Louis also played on Thursday Night Football in 2012. The Rams have won three of their last four meetings against the Cardinals.
The New York Giants wrap up the home portion of the Rams’ 2014 slate with a Week 16 contest at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams lead the all-time series, 26-15.
For a third-consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the Rams close out their season on the road against Seattle.
This season, the Rams will utilize variable single-game pricing for home games against the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. This pricing structure will provide even more value for Rams season ticket holders who will enjoy the lowest available price for all 10 Rams home games regardless of opponent.
Also new in 2014 will be the addition of a half-season ticket "Sack Pack" available for purchase on Thursday, April 24th. Rams fans can secure a 5-game
To purchase Rams season tickets or "Sack Packs" please call 314-RAMS-TIX x 1 or visit www.stlouisrams.com/tickets. Rams group tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 1.
For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.