Rams to open campaign at home against Vikings

News-DemocratApril 23, 2014 

— The St. Louis Rams will open the season at home for the fourth time in the last five years as they kick off the 2014 season against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 7 at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams have never opened a season against the Vikings.

"We're excited to open the season at home in front of our fans against Minnesota,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "The Edward Jones Dome is one of the toughest venues in the NFL because of the atmosphere our fans create. It's a great place to begin our quest to become NFC West champions."

The Rams also have two prime-time home games as they play a Monday night contest against the San Francisco 49rers on Oct. 13 and a Thursday night contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 11.

The Rams close out the regular season once again in Seattle as they play the Seahawks on Dec . 28.

It's the third straight season and the fourth time in five years that the Rams have concluded the regular season at CenturyLink Field.

The Rams also play the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks on Oct. 19 at the Edward Jones.

In Week 2, the Rams travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers (Sept. 14) before returning home for a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 21.

The Rams' bye comes in Week 4 this season.

After the bye, the the Rams head into an eight-game strecth that includes games against seven playoff teams, including both Super Bowl combatants.

The demanding run starts with a trip to Philadelphia on Oct. 5.

They play at home against San Francisco and Seattle the next two weeks before emarking on a three-game road stretch that includes matchups against Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona.

A three-game stretch against AFC West opponents begins with a home game against Peyton Manning and the AFC championship Denver Broncos on Nov. 16.

The Rams hit the road again the next week as they travel to San Diego to play the Chargers on Nov. 23.

The Rams play at home against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 30 asnd then visit the Washington Redskins on Dec. 7.

It marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Rams have faced the Redskins.

The Rams wrap up their home schedule with the Thursday night game against Arizona on Dec. 11 and a contest against the New Yor Giants on Dec. 21.

Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17 as in previous years, but it has been extended to Weeks 5-10 this season.

A Sunday afternoon game can be shifted into prime time and the Sunday night game can be shifted to the afternoon.

The Rams will offer half-season Sack Pack ticket plans this year.

Fans can purchase a five-game Chris Long or Robert Quinn Sack Packs that are anchored by premium games against Dallas, Denver, and division rivals San Francisco and Seattle.

Sack Packs, which will go on sale on Thursday, will provide better seat locations than single-game tickets that won't go on sale until this summer.

To purchase Rams season tickets or Sack Packs, call 314-RAMS-TIX or visit www.stlouisrams.com/tickets.

Rams group tickets will go on sale May 1.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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