The St. Louis Rams are set to begin the 2014 NFL regular season at home against the Minnesota Vikings for the first time on September 7, 2014 at noon.
“We’re excited to open the season at home in front of our fans against Minnesota,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “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.”
For the second time in as many seasons, the St. Louis Rams are slated to take on two NFC West division rivals in home prime time games.
The Rams will host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night in Week 6, and will take on the Arizona Cardinals on a Thursday night in Week 15, the team’s penultimate home game of the 2014 season. This will make the second consecutive year the Rams have hosted both a Monday Night and Thursday Night game.
The Rams will face off against many of the league’s best in October, when they play four consecutive games against 2013 playoff teams, including an Oct. 19 home game against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.
The team’s bye will take place during Week 4, following a Week 3 visit from the Dallas Cowboys. This year marks the second consecutive season the Rams have faced the Cowboys, and will look to avenge last year’s 31-7 loss to Dallas.
The Rams will host the AFC Champion Denver Broncos for the first time since the 2006 season opener on November 16, which is the Rams’ lone home game in a five-week stretch. That span will include three consecutive road games—against Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona—from Oct. 26-Nov. 9. Other notable visits to the Edward Jones Dome will be the Oakland Raiders’ first trip to St. Louis since 2002, and an appearance by Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Rams’ home finale on Dec. 21.
For the fourth time in the past five seasons, the Rams will conclude their regular season slate on the road in Seattle.