After an eventful offseason, the 2018 season just needs to begin already. It took one step forward after the NFL unleashed the 2018 NFL Preseason schedule.
The preseason officially kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game on August 2, where the Baltimore Ravens take on the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio. Oddly enough, the Rams begin their preseason against the Ravens.
Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens
It’s the long-anticipated return of the LA Rams, but don’t expect to see many of the starters contribute. We all want to see the Rams’ newest addition to cause mayhem, but it won’t be this week. Instead, we can expect the second string to take the reins. Let’s see if they can handle the hostile Baltimore atmosphere.
Week 2: vs Oakland Raiders
This rivalry will continue in Los Angeles. This may be a preseason game, but don’t think that the atmosphere won’t be electric. It will be an explosive matchup whenever the Raiders are in town, both on the field and in the stands. The Rams did score a 24-21 victory against the Raiders in the “Black Hole.” The star of the game was backup quarterback Sean Mannion after he threw the game winning touchdown. We can likely expect to see more of him in this game.
Week 3: vs Houston Texans
Week 3 is generally when begin to see more action from the starters. The Texans will seek retribution after the Rams dished an embarrassing 33-7 victory last season in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Considering the increased firepower the Rams added on the defensive front, the Texans may want to sit Deshaun Watson. Their season tanked when Watson suffered a season-ending injury.
Week 4: at New Orleans Saints
Grab your popcorn, light up the grill and maybe enjoy a cold one or two, because the regular season is almost here. We can expect the starters to compete and probably for at least half the game. Jared Goff and the Rams were victorious in the showdown with Drew Brees and the Saints. Goff performed well and drew compliments from Brees. This is where we will likely get a sneak-peek at Sean McVay’s offense in his second year.