Breaking down the Rams’ opponents this season

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, right, greets Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden after th
Coaches Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean McVay of the Rams greet each other after their preseason game on Aug. 18. They will meet again on Sept. 10 in Oakland.
(Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

A game-by-game look at the Rams’ 2018 schedule, with comment from beat writer Gary Klein. The Rams are off Week 12 (Nov. 26).

All times Pacific.

Sept. 10 at Oakland

7:15 p .m., ESPN


Jon Gruden gave Sean McVay his first NFL job. Now McVay would like nothing more than to ruin his mentor’s return to coaching.

Sept. 16 vs. Arizona

1 p.m., Channel 11

Given Sam Bradford’s balky knees and injury history, Rams might see former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen earlier than expected.


Sept. 23 vs. Chargers

1 p.m., Channel 2

Chargers ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram could test a Rams offensive line in guard Jamon Brown’s first game back from suspension.

Sept. 27 vs. Minnesota

5:15 p.m., Channel 11

McVay disciple Kirk Cousins beat the Rams at the Coliseum with the Washington Redskins. Can the $84-million quarterback do it again?

Oct. 7 at Seattle

1:15 p.m., Channel 11


Rams return to scene of NFC West tipping-point victory last season. Richard Sherman’s gone and Legion of Boom defense only a memory.

Oct. 14 at Denver

1 p.m., Channel 11

Two years removed from Rams, Case Keenum has $25 million in guarantees. Not bad for a QB who beat his former team when with the Vikings.

Oct. 21 at San Francisco

5:15 p.m., Channel 4

Jimmy Garoppolo beat Rams subs in meaningless finale last season. Can he do same vs. Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib?

Oct. 28 vs. Green Bay


1:15 p.m., Channel 11

It’s “Former Cal Quarterbacks Day” at the Coliseum. Compare and contrast superstar Aaron Rodgers and ascending star Jared Goff.

Nov. 4 at New Orleans

1:15 p.m., Channel 11

New Rams receiver Brandin Cooks began his NFL career with Saints, catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

Nov. 11 vs. Seattle

1:15 p.m., Channel 11

Pete Carroll is back in the Coliseum but might not recognize it this time around with all the renovation construction going on.

Nov. 19 vs. Kansas City at Mexico City

5:15 p.m., ESPN

Corner Marcus Peters match- es up against his former team in Rams home game. He could be covering former Rams receiver Sammy Watkins.

Dec. 2 at Detroit

10 a.m., Channel 11

Ndamukong Suh made Pro Bowl three times in five seasons in Detroit. Also fined nearly $300,000 for penalties and incidents in games.

Dec. 9 at Chicago

10 a.m., Channel 11

Jared Goff took a major step for the Rams in his second NFL season. Can Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky do the same?

Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia

5:15 p.m., Channel 4

Carson Wentz’s star-turning 2017 season ended at Coliseum. It’s also the place where Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles’ career was reborn.

Dec. 23 at Arizona

1 p.m., Channel 11

If back David Johnson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald are sound, Rams could be tested as they try to win at Arizona for fourth year in a row.

Dec. 30 vs. San Francisco

1:15 p.m., Channel 11

Rams already had clinched NFC West when they met in 2017 finale. If power in division truly shifted, this game could be for title.

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