2013 NFL Schedule Analysis – NFC West

When drafting players on to a fantasy football team, owners would be wise to know their players’ opponents for the upcoming season. Although there is no guarantee that a player will perform well against one team or poorly against another, an owner may find that the schedule could be a determining factor when ranking one player over another, especially when it comes to week 15 and week 16 – the fantasy playoffs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2013 schedule for teams in the NFC West.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS SCHEDULE

As a member of the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals’ schedule (opens in a new window) of 10 non-divisional opponents in 2013 rotates to include four games against the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and four games against the AFC South (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans).

As a result of coming in fourth place in the division in 2012, their schedule will also include one game each against the two other fourth-place teams in the conference, the Detroit Lions (NFC North) and Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East).

Their six divisional games include two games each (one at home and one on the road) against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

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The Cardinals’ 2013 schedule includes seven games against teams that had double-digit wins last year and four games against teams that had double-digit losses. The winning percentage of this year’s opponents based on their 2012 record is .520 (6th highest in the league). Their opponents that won double-digit games last year are:

  • Atlanta Falcons – 13 wins
  • Houston Texans – 12 wins
  • Indianapolis Colts – 11 wins
  • San Francisco 49ers - 11 wins (2 games)
  • Seattle Seahawks – 11 wins (2 games)

If there is any consolation in playing these formidable teams, the Cardinals at least get to play Atlanta, Houston and Indianapolis at home as well as one home and one away game each against San Francisco and Seattle. (The St. Louis Rams wish they had it so good because they have just the opposite schedule. They play Atlanta, Houston and Indianapolis on the road, as well as one home and one away game each against San Francisco and Seattle!)

The teams that comprise the rest of the Cardinals’ schedule are:

  • St. Louis Rams – 7 wins (2 games)
  • Carolina Panthers – 7 wins
  • New Orleans Saints – 7 wins
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 7 wins
  • Tennessee Titans – 6 wins
  • Detroit Lions - 4 wins
  • Philadelphia Eagles - 4 wins
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 2 wins

Although these none of these teams got to .500 mark last year, they can be very dangerous opponents. Divisional rival, St. Louis, will be played once at home and once on the road. Five of remaining seven games are away games (New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Philadelphia and Jacksonville). The other two are home games (Carolina and Detroit).

Divisional Games

It’s hard to win a division title by only winning one game out of six against divisional opponents as Arizona did last year. That lone win was a home game against the Seahawks on opening day. The Cardinals must do better, but it will be a tough row to hoe. This year, three of the Cardinal’s last four games on the schedule are against divisional foes. (week 14 – St. Louis, week 15 – at Seattle, week 17 – San Francisco) and these games could be very significant – for Arizona’s opponents, that is. If the NFC West winds up as a showdown again between the 49ers and the Seahawks, then what each team does with the Cardinals at the end of the season may be very important to the playoff race.

The Seahawks may have the advantage as they get the Cardinals at Century Link Field the Sunday before Christmas – a cold and wet time of year in Seattle. Last year, Arizona got pummeled on another cold and cloudy day in Seattle, 58 – 0. The Cardinals actually haven’t won a game in Seattle since 2009.

Arizona typically loses to San Francisco whether they are at home or on the road. They have lost seven of the last eight games dating back to 2009 and only one could even be considered close. Their only win against the 49ers during this span came on December 11, 2011 when they squeaked out a 21 – 19 home win. The Cardinals and their new head coach, Bruce Arians, would sure like to make some noise in the division by taking the air out of either of these team’s playoff prospects.

Bye Week

Having started their season with three of their first four and four of their first six games on the road, the Cardinals do catch a break in their schedule over the following four weeks. The schedule gives them two home games, a bye week and another home game . That “break” only takes into account the timing of the bye in week 9 and the length of the home stand, because after returning home from San Francisco – not an easy game, the three home opponents in that span are Seattle (week 7), Atlanta (week 8) and Houston (week 10). By the way – that week 7 game is on a Thursday night after having played in San Francisco the Sunday before. The Cardinals are going to need that full month of home cooking!

Opponents Coming Off Their Bye Week

Arizona is one of six teams in the NFL that faces multiple opponents coming off their bye week this year. The Cardinals play two such games – one in week 5 against Carolina and the other in week 13 in Philadelphia. (18 teams play one such opponent and eight teams play none. Buffalo and Carolina face the most – three.)

Short Weeks

The Arizona Cardinals have one short-week game on their schedule in 2013 – a week 7, Thursday night game against the Seahawks. This follows an away game in San Francisco the previous Sunday.

Time Zones and Mileage

The State of Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. They are on Mountain Standard Time all year long and do not “spring forward” with the rest of the country on the second Sunday in March. For the games in September and October, Arizona is basically in the same time zone as the Pacific states (California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington). On the first Sunday in November, when the country “falls back,” Arizona is then in the same time zone as the Mountain states (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico).

Located in the Desert Southwest, most of the Cardinals’ road games involve traveling some distance – which means passing through multiple time zones. Their week 3 game on September 22 is in New Orleans which is two time zones away. In addition to having a two hour time difference, the Cardinals will have to deal with a 10 am PDT game time. Things don’t get any better in week 4. Again Arizona is on the road, but this time they travel through three time zones to Tampa, Florida and have another 10 am PDT start time.

Once the country goes back to standard time, things don’t get any better as the Cardinals’ schedule includes three more early road games over a five week span. The first game is on November 17 in Jacksonville. The second game is on December 1 in Philadelphia and the third game is on December 15 in Nashville. All three games start at 11 am MST.

  • September 8: St. Louis, Missouri - 1271 miles (2 time zones)
  • September 22: New Orleans, Louisiana – 1315 miles (2 time zones) – 10 am PDT
  • September 29: Tampa, Florida – 1796 miles (3 time zones) – 10 am PDT
  • October 13: San Francisco, California – 654 miles (same time zone)
  • November 17: Jacksonville, Florida – 1793 miles (2 time zones) – 11 am MST
  • December 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2080 miles (2 time zones) – 11 am MST
  • December 15: Nashville, Tennessee – 1444 miles  (1 time zone) – 11 am MST
  • December 22: Seattle, Washington – 1116 miles (1 time zone)

The Cardinals will travel a total of 11,469 one-way miles for road games during the 2013 regular season. That ranks as the 6th most miles traveled by an NFL team this upcoming year.

Indoor / Outdoor Schedule

The Arizona Cardinals play their home games at University of Phoenix Stadium. It has a retractable roof and the playing surface is natural grass. The roof can be closed to protect the players (and fans) from the extreme desert heat yet still provide the preferred grass surface on which to play.

Their 2013 road schedule includes six outdoor games, five of which will be played on grass and one on synthetic turf.  Two games are in a dome, both of which will be played on synthetic turf. The Cardinals have three possible cold-weather games on their schedule  - December 1 in Philadelphia, December 15 in Nashville and December 22 in Seattle.

  • September 8: St. Louis – Dome and synthetic turf
  • September 22: New Orleans – Dome and synthetic turf
  • September 29: Tampa Bay – Outdoor and grass
  • October 13: San Francisco – Outdoor and grass
  • November 17: Jacksonville – Outdoor and grass
  • December 1: Philadelphia – Outdoor and grass
  • December 15: Tennessee – Outdoor and grass
  • December 22: Seattle – Outdoor and synthetic turf

Fantasy Playoffs

The Arizona Cardinals have two road games during the fantasy football playoffs.

The week 15 game is against the Tennessee Titans and will be played on grass in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 36°F to 47°F on December 15 in Nashville and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 47% of the time.

The week 16 game is against the Seattle Seahawks and will be played on a synthetic turf in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 38°F to 43°F on December 22 in Seattle and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 67% of the time.

Schedule Difficulty Ranking

Based on all the information above, Fantasy Football Impact, using a proprietary algorithm, determined the Arizona Cardinals’ 2013 schedule to rank 6th out of 32 in terms of difficulty (tied with Pittsburgh Steelers).

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SAN FRANCISCO 49ers SCHEDULE

As a member of the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers’ schedule (opens in a new window) of 10 non-divisional opponents in 2013 rotates to include four games against the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and four games against the AFC South (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans).

As a result of coming in first place in the division in 2012, their schedule will also include one game each against the two other first-place teams in the conference, the Green Bay Packers (NFC North) and Washington Redskins (NFC East).

Their six divisional games include two games each (one at home and one on the road) against the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

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The 49ers’ 2013 schedule includes seven games against teams that had double-digit wins last year and four games against teams that had double-digit losses. The winning percentage of this year’s opponents based on their 2012 record is .520 (6th highest in the league). Their opponents that won double-digit games last year are:

  • Atlanta Falcons – 13 wins
  • Houston Texans – 12 wins
  • Indianapolis Colts – 11 wins
  • Green Bay Packers – 11 wins
  • Seattle Seahawks – 11 wins (2 games)
  • Washington Redskins – 10 wins

One of the only bright spots to the 49ers schedule is that they will play five of the seven games at home. What a coup for 49er season ticket holders to watch the Falcons, Texans, Colts, Packers and Seahawks at Candlestick. All these teams made the playoffs last year. Of course, none of them made it to the Super Bowl – but the 49ers did!  One of the games against Seattle and the Monday night game against the Redskins will be played on the road.

The teams that comprise the rest of the 49ers’ schedule are:

  • St. Louis Rams – 7 wins (2 games)
  • Carolina Panthers – 7 wins
  • New Orleans Saints – 7 wins
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 7 wins
  • Tennessee Titans – 6 wins
  • Arizona Cardinals – 5 wins (2 games)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 2 wins

The divisional opponents (St. Louis and Arizona) will be played once each at home and on the road. Of the five remaining games, only the Carolina game will be played at home. The other four (New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Jacksonville) are road games with the Jacksonville game taking the prize as the definitive away game as it will played a long way away at Wembley Stadium in London, England. (Technically it couldn’t really be called a road game as there are no roads whereby one could drive from San Francisco to London.) Even though the 49ers will travel to London directly after their week 7 game in Nashville, Tennessee, it does seem a little unfair to schedule an away game two time zones to the east prior to another away game held six more time zones to the east. (Fortunately for San Francisco, the game is against the Jacksonville Jaguars.)

Divisional Games

The 49ers won only three of their six divisional games last year sweeping the season series with Arizona, splitting with Seattle and losing one and tying in another with St. Louis. The tie game with the Rams kept the 49ers one-half game ahead of the Seahawks. Had the 49ers lost, Seattle would have had the same overall record (11-5), the same head-to-head record (1-1) and the same divisional record (3-3), however, the 49ers would still have been division champions. It would have taken the third tie breaker (games against common opponents) to make the determination, but the result would have been the same. Every divisional game is important!

In 2013, San Francisco has three divisional games within the first six weeks of the season (week 2 – at Seattle, week 4 – at St. Louis and week 6 – Arizona). The last three divisional games on the schedule will be played over the last five weeks of the season including a road game against Arizona in week 17.

Bye Week

The bye week for San Francisco comes at a very logical point in the season – week 9. It is logical because the 49ers play the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 8 in London, England. However, they had better enjoy that week off, because immediately after a home game in week 10 against Carolina, the 49ers have back-to-back road games heading east again to New Orleans and Washington. No rest for the weary!

Opponents Coming Off Their Bye Week

San Francisco has no games this year against opponents coming of their bye week. (Six teams face multiple teams coming off their bye week in 2013. 18 teams play one such opponent and eight teams, including the 49ers, play none. Buffalo and Carolina face the most - three.)

Short Weeks

The San Francisco 49ers have three short-week games on their schedule in 2013. The first is a week-4 Thursday night game in St. Louis. This game follows their contest against the Colts the previous Sunday. The second is a game in week 13 again against the Rams. This follows an away game in Washington the previous Monday night. The third is a week-17 game in Arizona. This match-up follows their game against the Falcons the previous Monday night.

Time Zones and Mileage

Located in the City by the Bay, the 49ers play their home games in the Pacific time zone - which means almost every road game requires passing through multiple time zones. In fact, the 49ers have six long-distance (1500+ miles) trips on their schedule, but only twice are any of those games scheduled at the equivalent time of 10 am Pacific time. (The Seattle Seahawks have the same number of long-distance trips, but they are scheduled at 10 or 11 am Pacific time five times in 2013. Maybe it is just a concession to the 49ers for traveling to London this year.)

  • September 15: Seattle, Washington- 680 miles (same time zone)
  • September 26: St. Louis, Missouri - 1743 miles (2 time zones)
  • October 20: Nashville, Tennessee - 1961 miles (2 time zones)
  • October 27: London, England - 4191 miles (8 time zones) – 10 am PDT. Mileage calculated from Nashville, Tennessee
  • November 17: New Orleans, Louisiana - 1924 miles (2 time zones)
  • November 25: Washington, DC - 2438 miles (3 time zones)
  • December 15: Tampa, Florida - 2399 miles  (3 time zones) – 10 am PST
  • December 29: Phoenix, Arizona - 654 miles (1 time zone)

The 49ers will travel a total of 15,990 one-way miles for road games during the 2013 regular season. That is the most miles traveled by an NFL team this upcoming year.

Indoor / Outdoor Schedule

The San Francisco 49ers play their home games at Candlestick Park, outdoors and on grass.

Their 2013 road schedule includes five outdoor games, four of which will be played on grass and one on synthetic turf.  Two games are in a dome, both of which will be played on synthetic turf. One game will be played under a retractable roof and on grass. The only game that does have the chance to be chilly will be the November 25 game in Landover, Maryland, but with the wind-chill factor at Candlestick Park, a home game on the same day could feel even colder.

  • September 15: Seattle - Outdoor and synthetic turf
  • September 26: St. Louis – Dome and synthetic turf
  • October 20: Tennessee – Outdoor and grass
  • October 27: Jacksonville in London – Outdoor and grass
  • November 17: New Orleans – Dome and synthetic turf
  • November 25: Washington – Outdoor and grass
  • December 15: Tampa Bay – Outdoor and grass
  • December 29: Arizona - Retractable roof and grass

Fantasy Playoffs

The San Francisco 49ers have one road game (week 15) and one home game (week 16) during the fantasy football playoffs.

The week 15 game is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will be played on grass in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 56°F to 70°F on December 15 in Tampa and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 27% of the time.

The week 16 game is against the Atlanta Falcons and will be played on grass in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 46°F to 54°F on December 23 in San Francisco and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 38% of the time. Usually the wind in Candlestick Park is more of a factor than the rain.

Schedule Difficulty Ranking

Based on all the information above, Fantasy Football Impact, using a proprietary algorithm, determined the San Francisco 49ers’ 2013 schedule to rank 1st out of 32 in terms of difficulty.

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS SCHEDULE

As a member of the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks’ schedule (opens in a new window) of 10 non-divisional opponents in 2013 rotates to include four games against the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and four games against the AFC South (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans).

As a result of coming in second place in the division in 2012, their schedule will also include one game each against the two other second-place teams in the conference, the Minnesota Vikings (NFC North) and New York Giants (NFC East).

Their six divisional games include two games each (one at home and one on the road) against the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.

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The Seahawks’ 2013 schedule includes six games against teams that had double-digit wins last year and four games against teams that had double-digit losses. The winning percentage of this year’s opponents based on their 2012 record is .516 (9th highest in the league). Their opponents that won double-digit games last year are:

  • Atlanta Falcons – 13 wins
  • Houston Texans – 12 wins
  • Indianapolis Colts – 11 wins
  • San Francisco 49ers - 11 wins (2 games)
  • Minnesota Vikings – 10 wins

With Seattle’s apparent difficulty with winning games away from CenturyLink Field (3 -5 in 2012), it doesn’t bode well for the Seahawks that four of the above six games (Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis and one of the games with San Francisco) will be played on the road in 2013. Only the game against the Vikings and the other game against the 49ers will be played at home.

The teams that comprise the rest of the Seahawks’ schedule are:

  • New York Giants – 9 wins
  • St. Louis Rams – 7 wins (2 games)
  • Carolina Panthers – 7 wins
  • New Orleans Saints – 7 wins
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 7 wins
  • Tennessee Titans – 6 wins
  • Arizona Cardinals – 5 wins (2 games)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 2 wins

The divisional opponents (St. Louis and Arizona) will be played once each at home and on the road. Of the six remaining games, two will be played on the road (New York Giants and Carolina). The other four (New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Jacksonville) will be played at home.

Divisional Games

The Seahawks won only three of their six divisional games last year. They were victorious in every home game, but lost every game on the road. Had Seattle been able to win their road game against Cardinals, which both St. Louis and San Francisco were able to do, they would have won the NFC West. Unfortunately, winning on the road was not part of the Seahawks repertoire in 2012. If the battle for the NFC West title is as tightly contested as it was in 2012, then the Seahawks will need to do better than .500 in the division and will need to start winning on the road as well.

In 2013, Seattle will host San Francisco in week 2, but have back-to-back road games against Arizona and St. Louis in weeks 7 and 8. Three of the team’s final four games on the schedule are divisional games. The week 14 match-up against San Francisco could go along way to deciding the NFC West champion, but the last two games of the season against the Cardinals and the Rams at home may prove to be just as important, especially if the West ends up in a tie for first place.

Bye Week

The bye week for Seattle comes at a very beneficial point in the season, especially if the Seahawks are bound for the playoffs. In 2013, the bye week schedule was expanded to include week 12 and Seattle is one of the four teams assigned to it. The other three are Buffalo, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. The bye comes the Sunday before Thanksgiving between two home games (Minnesota and New Orleans). It’s nice to have a three weeks of home cooking, especially when it includes Thanksgiving dinner.

Opponents Coming Off Their Bye Week

Seattle has no games this year against opponents coming of their bye week. (Six teams face multiple teams coming off their bye week in 2013. 18 teams play one such opponent and eight teams, including the Seahawks, play none. Buffalo and Carolina face the most – three.)

Short Weeks

The Seattle Seahawks have three short-week games on their schedule in 2013. The first is a week-7 Thursday night game at Arizona. This game follows their contest against the Titans the previous Sunday. The second is a game in week 9 against the Buccaneers. This follows an away game in St. Louis the previous Monday night. The third is a week-14 game in San Francisco. This match-up follows their game against the Saints the previous Monday night.

Time Zones and Mileage

Located in the Great Pacific Northwest, Seattle plays its home games in the Pacific time zone and is the most geographically isolated team in the NFL. Nearly every road game requires passing through multiple time zones. Only one road game, against San Francisco, is in the same time zone. The Seahawks have six long-distance (1500+ miles) road games in 2013. Additionally, five of their eight road games have start times equivalent to 10 am Pacific time. Two of these games are back-to-back - September 29 in Houston and October 6 in Indianapolis.

  • September 8: Charlotte, North Carolina - 2283 miles (3 time zones) – 10 am PDT
  • September 29: Houston, Texas - 1891 miles (2 time zones) – 10 am PDT
  • October 6: Indianapolis, Indiana - 1870 miles (2 time zones) – 10 am PDT
  • October 17: Phoenix, Arizona – 1116 miles (same time zone)
  • October 28: St. Louis, Missouri - 1722 miles (2 time zones)
  • November 10: Atlanta, Georgia - 2181 miles (3 time zones) – 10 am PST
  • December 8: San Francisco, California - 680 miles  (same time zone)
  • December 15: East Rutherford, New Jersey - 2405 miles (3 time zones) – 10 am PST

The Seahawks will travel a total of 14,148 one-way miles for road games during the 2013 regular season. That ranks as the 2nd most miles traveled by an NFL team this upcoming year.

Indoor / Outdoor Schedule

The Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field, outdoors and on synthetic turf.

Their 2013 road schedule includes three outdoor games, two of which will be played on grass and one on synthetic turf. Two games are in a dome, both of which will be played on synthetic turf. Three games will be played under a retractable roof, two of which will be played on grass and one on synthetic turf. In addition to their own home games, the Seattle Seahawks have only one possible cold-weather game that on their schedule - December 15 in East Rutherford, New Jersey against the New York Giants.

  • September 8: Carolina – Outdoor and grass
  • September 29: Houston - Retractable roof and grass
  • October 6: Indianapolis – Retractable roof and synthetic turf
  • October 17: Arizona – Retractable roof and grass
  • October 28: St. Louis – Dome and synthetic turf
  • November 10: Atlanta – Dome and synthetic turf
  • December 8: San Francisco – Outdoor and grass
  • December 15: New York Giants - Outdoor and synthetic turf

Fantasy Playoffs

The Seattle Seahawks have one road game (week 15) and one home game (week 16) during the fantasy football playoffs.

The week 15 game is against the New York Giants and will be played on a synthetic surface in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 33°F to 41°F on December 15 in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 47% of the time.

The week 16 game is against the Arizona Cardinals and will be played on synthetic turf in an outdoor stadium. The temperature usually ranges from 39°F to 45°F on December 22 in Seattle and is, on average, accompanied by precipitation 66% of the time.

Schedule Difficulty Ranking

Based on all the information above, Fantasy Football Impact, using a proprietary algorithm, determined the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 schedule to rank 2nd out of 32 in terms of difficulty.

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ST. LOUIS RAMS SCHEDULE

As a member of the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams’ schedule (opens in a new window) of 10 non-divisional opponents in 2013 rotates to include four games against the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and four games against the AFC South (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans).

As a result of coming in third place in the division in 2012, their schedule will also include one game each against the two other third-place teams in the conference, the Chicago Bears (NFC North) and Dallas Cowboys (NFC East).

Their six divisional games include two games each (one at home and one on the road) against the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

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The Rams’ 2013 schedule includes eight games against teams that had double-digit wins last year and four games against teams that had double-digit losses. The winning percentage of this year’s opponents based on their 2012 record is .539 (highest in the league). Their opponents that won double-digit games last year are:

  • Atlanta Falcons – 13 wins
  • Houston Texans – 12 wins
  • Indianapolis Colts – 11 wins
  • San Francisco 49ers – 11 wins (2 games)
  • Seattle Seahawks – 11 wins (2 games)
  • Chicago Bears – 10 wins

Adding insult to injury, the Rams’ schedule requires they play five of these eight games on the road including one game each, home and away, against their divisional competitors. Only the second divisional games with San Francisco and Seattle and the game against Chicago will be played at home.

The teams that comprise the rest of the Rams’ schedule are:

  • Dallas Cowboys - 8 wins
  • Carolina Panthers – 7 wins
  • New Orleans Saints – 7 wins
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 7 wins
  • Tennessee Titans – 6 wins
  • Arizona Cardinals – 5 wins (2 games)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 2 wins

The divisional opponent, Arizona, will be played once each at home and on the road. Of the six remaining games, three will be played on the road (Dallas, Carolina and Tennessee). The other three (New Orleans, Tampa Bay  and Jacksonville) will be played at home.

Divisional Games

If there was a bright spot in the Rams’ season last year, it was with their divisional play. St. Louis won four of their six divisional games and tied in another. In fact, they won all of their home divisional games and lost only one game on the road. They swept the season series with Arizona and split with Seattle. The Rams tied one game with San Francisco and lost another.

In 2013, St. Louis opens the season with a divisional game at home against Arizona. The first three divisional games on the schedule are home games. Conversely, the last three are road games and are scheduled over the last five weeks of the season with the week 17 finale held in Seattle.

Bye Week

The bye week for St. Louis comes in week 11, approximately two-thirds the way through the season. It comes after a road game in Indianapolis and before a home game against Chicago. The first 10 games of the season are not a cake-walk for the Rams. They will be very grateful for the week off in the middle of November prior embarking on the final six games of the schedule which include three divisional road games.

Opponents Coming Off Their Bye Week

In week 9, the Rams will host Tennessee as the Titans come off their week-8 bye. (Six teams play multiple games against teams coming off their bye in 2013. 18 teams, including the Rams, face one such opponent and eight teams play none. Buffalo and Carolina face the most – three.)

Short Weeks

The St. Louis Rams have two short-week games on their schedule in 2013. The first is a week-4 Thursday night game against the 49ers. This game follows an away game in Dallas the previous Sunday. The second is a week-9 match-up against the Titans. This game follows their contest against the Seahawks the previous Monday night.

Time Zones and Mileage

Located at the Gateway to the West, St. Louis plays its home games in the Central time zone. Due to their central location in the country, all but two road games are within the same or only one time zone away. This benefits the Rams in that no road games start any earlier than noon Central time. St. Louis has only two long-distance (1500+ miles) road games in 2013 – both heading west to divisional rivals San Francisco and Seattle.

  • September 15: Atlanta, Georgia - 468 miles (1 time zone)
  • September 22: Dallas, Texas - 548 miles (same time zone)
  • October 13: Houston, Texas - 681 miles (same time zone)
  • October 20: Charlotte, North Carolina - 568 miles (1 time zone)
  • November 10: Indianapolis, Indiana - 231 miles (same time zone)
  • December 1: San Francisco, California - 1743 miles (2 time zones)
  • December 8: Phoenix, Arizona - 1271 miles  (1 time zone)
  • December 29: Seattle, Washington - 1722 miles (2 time zones)

The Rams will travel a total of 7,232 one-way miles for road games during the 2013 regular season. That ranks as the 20th most miles traveled by an NFL team this upcoming year.

Indoor / Outdoor Schedule

The St. Louis Rams play their home games at the Edward Jones Dome on a synthetic turf.

Their 2013 road schedule includes three outdoor games, two of which will be played on grass and one on synthetic turf. One game is in a dome and will be played on synthetic turf. Four games will be played under a retractable roof, two of which will be played on grass and two on synthetic turf. The St. Louis Rams have only one possible cold-weather game on their schedule - December 29 in Seattle.

  • September 15: Atlanta – Dome and synthetic turf
  • September 22: Dallas – Retractable roof and synthetic turf
  • October 13: Houston – Retractable roof and grass
  • October 20: Carolina – Outdoor and grass
  • November 10: Indianapolis – Retractable roof and synthetic turf
  • December 1: San Francisco – Outdoor and grass
  • December 8: Arizona- Retractable roof and grass
  • December 29: Seattle – Outdoor and synthetic turf

Fantasy Playoffs

The St. Louis Rams have two home games during the fantasy football playoffs.

The week 15 game is against the New Orleans Saints and the week 16 game is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both games will be played on synthetic turf in a domed stadium.

Schedule Difficulty Ranking

Based on all the information above, Fantasy Football Impact, using a proprietary algorithm, determined the St. Louis Rams’ 2013 schedule to rank 9th out of 32 in terms of difficulty.

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