Los Angeles Rams schedule 2024: Takeaways, predictions

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams' 2024 schedule was released along with the rest of the NFL slate Wednesday.

The Rams open up the season with a playoff rematch against the Detroit Lions on "Sunday Night Football," one of five prime-time games they will play. The Rams also host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 on "Thursday Night Football," the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 on "Monday Night Football" and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 on SNF once more. After Aaron Donald retired this offseason, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua remain the prominent faces of the team.

Los Angeles also plays the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15 on TNF. Los Angeles opens the season with three out of its first four games on the road before hosting three games in a row. They have a Week 6 bye.

Here's what's in store:

Rams 2024 regular-season schedule

Week 1: Sept. 8 at Detroit (SNF)

Week 2: Sept. 15 at Arizona

Week 3: Sept. 22 San Francisco

Week 4: Sept. 29 at Chicago

Week 5: Oct. 6 vs. Green Bay

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: Oct. 20 vs. Las Vegas

Week 8: Oct. 24 vs. Minnesota (TNF)

Week 9: Nov. 3 at Seattle

Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Miami (MNF)

Week 11: Nov. 17 at New England

Week 12: Nov. 24 vs. Philadelphia (SNF)

Week 13: Dec. 1 at New Orleans

Week 14: Dec. 8 vs. Buffalo

Week 15: Dec. 12 at San Francisco (TNF)

Week 16: Dec. 22 at NY Jets

Week 17: Dec. 28 or 29 vs. Arizona*

Week 18: Jan. 4 or 5 vs. Seattle*

Strength of schedule: T-12th hardest

Over/Under: 8.5

Biggest takeaway

Although the Rams play six playoff teams (and the NFC Champion 49ers twice) in 2024, only two of those games are away. Los Angeles hosts the Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and 49ers during 2024 and plays road games against San Francisco and the Lions. The Rams will play the Packers for the fifth season in a row. The previous four matchups -- all Rams losses -- were played at Lambeau Field, including a playoff loss to end the 2020-21 season.

Revenge game

Rams at Lions. The Rams' season ended in Detroit with a 24-23 loss to the Lions in an emotional game that included quarterback Matthew Stafford's return to the place he spent the first 12 seasons of his NFL career. Los Angeles returns to Ford Field in Week 1 for Stafford vs. Jared Goff, Part III. Stafford and the Rams beat Detroit in 2021 at SoFi Stadium.

Bold prediction

The Rams beat the 49ers at home during the regular season for the first time since 2018. The Rams did finally snap their regular-season losing streak to San Francisco in the season finale, but both teams rested significant starters as they'd already clinched playoff spots. Prior to that win -- led by backup quarterback Carson Wentz -- the Rams had lost nine straight games to the 49ers in the regular season. That playoff game, of course, was the 2021 NFC Championship that the Rams won on route to Super Bowl LVI.