ST. LOUIS – The National Football League today released the 2009 regular season schedule. The Rams will battle NFC West Division foes Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle twice this season while taking on teams from the NFC North Division and AFC South Division. The Rams will also host the New Orleans Saints and travel to face the Washington Redskins.
“This is a great day on the League’s calendar,” said Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. “We’re excited about the 2009 schedule, and it is also exciting for our players and Rams fans everywhere.”
St. Louis will open the 2009 season on the road for the second consecutive year when the Rams travel to Qwest Field to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 13. The contest will be the Rams first against a division foe on opening day since they traveled to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the 2005 season.
In Week 2, the Rams will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins on Sept. 20. The game is a rematch of last season’s contest at FedEx Field which the Rams won 19-17 for the team’s first victory of the season.
St. Louis hosts its home opener in Week 3 when the Green Bay Packers visit the Edward Jones Dome on Sept. 27. The Rams lead the all-time series with the Packers, 46-42-2. The Rams return to the road in Week 4 (Oct. 4) as they travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers in the 120th meeting all-time between the teams. The series dates to 1950, San Francisco’s first year in the NFL. The Rams lead the all-time series 60-57-2.
In Week 5, the Rams host the second home game of the season as the Minnesota Vikings travel to St. Louis on Oct. 11. The Rams travel to Jacksonville for the first time in franchise history in Week 6 (Oct. 18). The Rams have met the Jaguars twice in St. Louis, holding a 2-0 series advantage after defeating the Jaguars in 1996 and again in 2005.
On Oct. 25, the Rams host the Indianapolis Colts for the first time since 2001. The teams last met in 2005 in Indianapolis. The following week (Nov. 1), the Rams travel to Detroit before heading into the bye week (Week 9).
The Rams return from the bye week to host three consecutive home games. In Week 10 (Nov. 15), the New Orleans Saints make their first trip to St. Louis since 2005, a 28-17 victory for the Rams. The following week (Nov. 22), The Rams host division foe Arizona before finishing the homestand with a game vs. Seattle on Nov. 29. The Rams have not hosted three consecutive home games since 2006 when San Francisco (11/26/06), Arizona (12/3/06) and Chicago (12/11/06) traveled to St. Louis in consecutive weeks.
In Week 13 (Dec. 6), St. Louis travels to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Bears last hosted the Rams in 2003. The Rams hit the road for a second consecutive week on Dec. 13 as they face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The Rams lead the all-time series with the Titans, 7-3, including a 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
On Dec. 20, the Rams host the Houston Texans in only the second meeting between the teams. The Rams won the previous meeting between the teams, a 33-27 overtime victory at Houston in 2005. The Rams final road trip of the season comes on Dec. 27 as the Rams take on the Cardinals in Arizona. The Rams lead the all-time series with Arizona 31-28-2. The Rams conclude the 2009 regular season with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 3, 2010.
St. Louis’s preseason schedule, which was announced on March 30, features home games against the Atlanta Falcons (Aug. 21) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 3) and road contests at the New York Jets (Aug. 14) and at the Cincinnati Bengals (Aug. 27).
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Friday, August 14 at New York Jets 6:00 p.m. KTVI
Friday, August 21 ATLANTA 7:00 p.m. KTVI
Thursday, August 27 at Cincinnati 6:35 p.m. KTVI
Thursday, September 3 KANSAS CITY 7:00 p.m. KTVI
Sunday, September 13 at Seattle 3:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday, September 20 at Washington Noon FOX
Sunday, September 27 GREEN BAY Noon FOX
Sunday, October 4 at San Francisco 3:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday, October 11 MINNESOTA Noon FOX
Sunday, October 18 at Jacksonville Noon FOX
Sunday, October 25 INDIANAPOLIS Noon CBS
Sunday, November 1 at Detroit Noon FOX
Sunday, November 15 NEW ORLEANS Noon FOX
Sunday, November 22 ARIZONA 3:05 p.m. FOX *
Sunday, November 29 SEATTLE Noon FOX *
Sunday, December 6 at Chicago Noon FOX *
Sunday, December 13 at Tennessee Noon FOX *
Sunday, December 20 HOUSTON Noon CBS *
Sunday, December 27 at Arizona 3:05 p.m. FOX *
Sunday, January 3 SAN FRANCISCO Noon FOX *
Home games in bold caps; all kickoffs are Central.
* Denotes Flexible Scheduling