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The Los Angeles Rams released their 2019 regular season schedule today. For the second consecutive season, the Rams are slated to appear in a team-high five primetime games beginning with a Sunday Night Football matchup with the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 on the road.

“The schedule release is something we always look forward to as a team,” Rams Head Coach Sean McVay said. “It’s an exciting time that we can share with our fans and it gets us one step closer to football. We play quality opponents this year, and our goal is to get better every single day so we’re ready to go when we open on September 8.”

 The defending NFC Champions will begin the season on Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, jumpstarting the team’s rotation with NFC South opponents. L.A.’s home opener at the newly-renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will take place in Week 2 in what will be a marquee rematch of the 2019 NFC Championship game featuring the Rams and New Orleans Saints.

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Los Angeles Rams running back Mark Brown (34) in action against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Photo by George Laase

Between Weeks 4-7, the Rams will alternate between games at home and on the road starting with their first matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2016. The club will look to extend their five-game winning streak over the Bucs to six in front of their home crowd prior to back-to-back divisional games in Weeks 5 and 6. Los Angeles will take a trip up the coast to Seattle for their first taste of NFC West action.

The Thursday Night Football matchup will be broadcast nationally on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. L.A. will return home in Week 6 to host the San Francisco 49ers. Last season, the Rams were 6-0 against divisional opponents.

 The Rams will travel to Atlanta in Week 7 to take on the Falcons prior to continuing east to the United Kingdom in a matchup that will feature McVay and his former assistant coach Zac Taylor – newly announced head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. As previously announced, the game will take place at Wembley Stadium at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

 Following a Week 9 bye, the Rams will travel to Pittsburgh for the club’s first meeting with the Steelers since the 2015 season. The Rams lead their all-time series with Pittsburgh, 15-9-2.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp on his way to completing a 53-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Photo by George Laase

 Three of the Rams’ ensuing four games are primetime matchups beginning in Week 11 vs. Chicago on Sunday Night Football. Los Angeles will look to avenge last year’s loss to the Bears, which was also played on NBC’s SNF. The Rams return to primetime in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens to round out play against the AFC North. ESPN will air the game on Monday Night Football.

The Rams’ last MNF appearance was etched in the history books as the franchise defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51. The Rams’ Monday night thriller marked the first game in NFL history where both teams scored 50+ points.

 L.A. will travel to Arizona before returning to home for a second primetime matchup against Seattle in Week 14. Next on the slate, the Rams visit the reigning NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys in Week 15 and remain on the road in Week 16 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. The latter game against the 49ers will be played on either Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 and is subject to “flexible schedule” which will be exercised by the National Football League in Weeks 11-17.

 In Week 16, three of five possible matchups currently listed as TBD will be scheduled for Saturday on NFL Network. Start times and Saturday games for Week 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.

 Los Angeles will conclude the regular season at the Coliseum against the Cardinals on Dec. 29.

 Since taking over the Rams in 2017, McVay has led the team to a 24-8 regular-season record – which includes zero losses against AFC opponents – back-to-back playoff berths, two division titles, as well as the George Halas NFC Championship trophy following the 2018 season.

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