The St. Louis Rams will kick off their 2015 regular season campaign against four playoff teams in their first five games, starting with the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks at home for the season opener onSept. 13.
“The NFL schedule release is one of the most anticipated days in sports,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We are excited about opening our season at home against our NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. With the start of our offseason program this week, we are beginning our journey to winning our division and making a playoff run.”
This season marks the third in a row and fifth in six years that the Rams will play in the Edward Jones Dome in Week 1 and the first time that the team will host the Seahawks for a season opener. The teams last played in Week 1 at Seattle in 2009.
The following week on Sept. 20, St. Louis will visit a familiar NFC East opponent in the Washington Redskins, who the Rams will face for the ninth time since 2005. St. Louis has won the last three games against the Redskins, most recently with a 24-0 victory at FedExField in 2014.
In Week 3, the Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome to host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams are 15-8-2 overall in the series and have only surrendered one loss at home to the Steelers all-time. Their lone defeat came in Pittsburgh’s last visit to St. Louis, which came in 2007.
The Rams travel to Arizona for their second divisional game against the Cardinals on Oct. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. central time. St. Louis visits Green Bay next in Week 5 with a one-game advantage in their all-time series against the Packers, 45-45-2.
Following a bye in Week 6, the Rams welcome their second AFC North opponent in the Cleveland Browns to the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis has accumulated 10 wins vs. Cleveland’s nine since their first regular season meeting in 1951.
St. Louis remains at home for Week 8 to host the San Francisco 49ers before squaring off against a pair of NFC North teams in Weeks 9 and 10. St. Louis trails the 49ers one game in the all-time series, 63-64-3, after splitting games last season. The Rams head to Minnesota next to play the Vikings on Nov. 8 for the first time on the road since 2006 – a game the Rams won, 41-21. Fisher’s team returns to St. Louis on Nov. 15 to face the neighboring Chicago Bears at noon in Week 10.
The Rams continue non-divisional play in back-to-back road games against the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11 and 12, respectively. On Dec. 6, St. Louis will face division-rival Arizona for the second time of the year and the Detroit Lions make their first trip to St. Louis since 2006 one week later on Dec. 13.
For their final home game of the 2015 slate, St. Louis will make a primetime television appearance in Week 15 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to town for a Thursday night contest. The Rams are 6-1 at home against Tampa Bay and are 3-0 in their last three meetings dating back to 2012.
The Rams conclude the season in back-to-back NFC West road games against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16 and against the 49ers for the regular season finale on Jan. 3.
Today, the Rams also announced a partnership with Vivid Seats that designates the Chicago-based company as the “Official Fan Experience Partner” of the team for the 2015 season.
“We are thrilled to partner with Vivid Seats and for the opportunity to present our fans with new game day experiences for our home and away games,” said Mike O’Keefe, Rams Vice President of Sales. “Not only can Rams fans take advantage of the variety of fan experience packages available, but for the first time they can also enjoy the new Vivid Seats VIP Hospitality Tent during the regular season. This unique tailgating experience is one of many features that we’re eager to provide to our fan base through our partnership with Vivid Seats.”
Highlights of Vivid Seats’ customizable fan experience packages include tickets to sold-out home and away games, hotel accommodations and game day experiences like official tailgates, access to the Vivid Seats VIP Hospitality tent, merchandise, round-trip transportation and pre-game field access, among other features. Fans will also be able to work directly with Vivid Seats on custom requests, where the company will be able to accommodate full-service coordination for groups of all sizes.
Fans interested in purchasing Official Rams Fan Experience and VIP Packages can visit the Vivid Seats website. Additionally, Vivid Seats staffs an in-house sales and customer service team over extended hours seven days a week at 855.384.2944 for those in need of personalized order support.
|Friday, Aug. 14||@ Oakland Raiders||9 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Aug. 23||@ Tennessee Titans||7 p.m.||FOX|
|Saturday, Aug. 29||Indianapolis Colts||7 p.m.||FOX|
|Thursday, Sept. 3||Kansas City Chiefs||7 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 13||Seattle Seahawks||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||@ Washington Redskins||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Pittsburgh Steelers||12 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 4||@ Arizona Cardinals||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 11||@ Green Bay||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||Cleveland Browns||12 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Nov. 1||San Francisco 49ers||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 8||@ Minnesota Vikings||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 15||Chicago Bears||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 22||@ Baltimore Ravens||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 29||@ Cincinnati Bengals||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Dec. 6||Arizona Cardinals||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Dec. 13||Detroit Lions||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Thursday, Dec. 17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7:25 p.m.||CBS/NFL NETWORK|
|Sunday, Dec. 27||@ Seattle Seahawks||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Jan. 3||@ San Francisco 49ers||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
Additionally 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.