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St. Louis begins its recovery on the road

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St. Louis begins its recovery on the road

When you have secured the second draft pick in the draft over consecutive seasons, is there really any schedule that would look favorable? That only happens at Notre Dame, but unfortunately for the Rams, Nevada is not on their schedule. St. Louis begins its road to recovery on the road. St. Louis will open the season at Seattle and at Washington before finally having a home game in Week 3. . DateMatchupTVTime St. Louis Rams 2009 Schedule WkDateMatchupTVTime 1Sun, Sept. 13at Seattle SeahawksFOX4:15 p.m.2Sun, Sept. 20at Washington RedskinsFOX1 p.m.3Sun, Sept. 27vs. Green Bay PackersFOX1 p.m.4Sun, Oct. 4at San Francisco *****FOX4:15 p.m.5Sun, Oct. 11vs. Minnesota VikingsFOX1 p.m.6Sun, Oct. 18at Jacksonville JaguarsFOX1 p.m.7Sun, Oct. 25vs. Indianapolis ColtsCBS1 p.m.8Sun, Nov. 1at Detroit LionsFOX1 p.m.9Bye10Sun, Nov. 15vs. New Orleans SaintsFOX1 p.m.11Sun, Nov. 22vs. Arizona CardinalsFOX4:05 p.m.12Sun, Nov. 29vs. Seattle SeahawksFOX1 p.m.13Sun, Dec. 6at Chicago BearsFOX1 p.m.14Sun, Dec. 13at Tennessee TitansFOX1 p.m.15Sun, Dec. 20vs. Houston TexansCBS1 p.m.16Sun, Dec. 27at Arizona CardinalsFOX4:05 p.m.17Sun, Jan. 3vs. San Francisco *****FOX1 p.m. WkDateMatchupTime

Rough Stretch
When you finish 2-14, you can argue that the entire schedule is a rough stretch. But for St. Louis, the hard part really starts in Week 5 when it plays host to Minnesota. The team follows that up with a game at Jacksonville -- which figures to be better this season -- and concludes with another home game against Indianapolis. St. Louis plays only four teams that made the playoffs in 2009.

3 Key Moments
The two newest coaches in the NFC West -- Seattle's Jim Mora and St. Louis' Steve Spagnuolo -- will square off in Week 1. Both franchises dominated the NFC West during different parts of the decade and will look to kickoff the rebuilding with a victory. The key for both teams will be to avoid injuries that have plagued them in recent years.
The first two overall selections in the draft will face off in Week 8 when the Lions play host to the Rams. Barring any trades, of course. The top picks in the draft last dueled in Week 1 of 2007, when the Lions Calvin Johnson (No. 2 overall) had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown as the Lions defeated the Raiders and JaMarcus Russell (who admittedly didn't play at all).
The Rams will open with two games on the road because the Edward Jones Dome will not be available in Week 2. After opening in Seattle, St. Louis must travel across the country to play at Washington -- one of the two teams it beat in 2008.