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St. Louis Rams' 2012 Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Time and TV Info

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24:  Kellen Clemens #12 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off to teammate Steven Jackson #39 during the Christmas Eve game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystApril 17, 2012

It's been a tumultuous offseason for the St. Louis Rams, who hired a new head coach in Jeff Fisher, saw new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his incredibly distasteful role in the New Orleans Saints' "player bounty" scandal and made a blockbuster trade by sending the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft to the Washington Redskins.

The two extra first-round picks the Rams received from Washington will certainly help the team build for the future, but the process of getting better in the present will begin for quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams on September 9th with a tough tilt against the Detroit Lions. The Rams probably aren't headed for playoff contention in 2012, but fans of the club are hungry for improvement after last year's 2-14 debacle.

 

SCHEDULE

Week 1 9/9:  St. Louis Rams vs. Detroit Lions 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 2 9/16: Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams 4:05 EST, FOX

Week 3 9/23: St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 4 9/30: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 5 10/4: Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams 8:20 EST, NFL Network

Week 6 10/14: St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 7 10/21: Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 8 10/28: New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams 1:00 EST, CBS

Week 9 BYE

Week 10 11/11: St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers 4:15 EST, FOX

Week 11 11/18: New York Jets vs. St. Louis Rams  1:00 EST, CBS

Week 12 11/25 St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals 4:15 EST, FOX

Week 13 12/2: St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 14 12/9: St. Louis Rams vs. Buffalo Bills 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 15 12/16: Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 16 12/23: St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 EST, FOX

Week 17 12/30: St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks 4:15 EST, FOX

ANALYSIS

It isn't going to be easy for the Rams to improve markedly on last season's dismal record, as their 2012 opponents had an aggregate winning percentage of .523 last year, making their schedule the fourth most difficult in the NFL.

Nothing personifies this rather daunting slate more than the three games wrapped around the Rams' Week 9 bye, as the team hosts the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots before traveling to meet the 49ers after a week off.

 

MOST PIVOTAL MATCHUP

There may well be no game that sets the tone more for the St. Louis Rams than their very first contest of the season. If Jeff Fisher's new-look Rams can roll into the Motor City and pull off an upset or give the Lions all they can handle, that could do wonders for both the confidence of the players and the optimism of Rams fans across the land.

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