Forget all of the doom and gloom surrounding the Rams. Nobody knows better than they do what must be done over the course of the next two weeks to sneak into the playoffs.
This year seems to be unlike any other. Most playoff pictures are usual crystal clear by this point in the season. But with two weeks of the regular season left to play, the NFC picture is probably more muddled than ever. Combine that with the number of teams still alive in the AFC picture and the final two weeks take on more meaning than ever.
St. Louis is stuck squarely in the middle of that group with a 6-8 record, maintaining hopes of a playoff berth and even a division title. If the Rams can win both of their games and Seattle loses one of its two, St. Louis wins the NFC West Division. The Rams are joined by almost the entire league in harboring playoff hopes.
In fact, only six teams (Oakland, Tennessee, San Francisco, Miami, Cleveland and Cincinnati) are eliminated from playoff contention. The teams remaining the AFC appear to be better, as that conference has outperformed the NFC for most of the year.
So, what exactly is it that makes it so difficult to discern which teams will make the playoffs and which are destined for the golf course in January?
Defensive lineman Tyoka Jackson has a relatively simple answer.
“The record sounds a little funny to still be in it,” Jackson said. “But, that’s the NFL. Everybody’s good or everybody’s mediocre; however you want to look at it. Since, I’m a glass half-full guy, everybody’s good. None of that really matters. All that really matters is we have to win on Monday to have a chance to get in the playoffs.”
Ah, yes, the elusive seventh win. The Rams have struggled mightily the past two weeks, losing on the road to Carolina and Arizona. Those losses came after a solid, if not spectacular performance against San Francisco that garnered win No. 6.
In the Rams’ defense, they were without quarterback Marc Bulger in those two losses. Now, Bulger returns for Monday night’s game against Philadelphia at the Edward Jones Dome.
With so much at stake, the Rams know they can’t afford to lay an egg in front of a national television audience. The Eagles don’t have much left to play for, as they have already clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
However, Philadelphia lost star receiver Terrell Owens to an ankle injury last week and the Eagles could be looking to prove they can win games without their best playmaker.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said he expects his starters to play, but hinted that they might not be in the whole game.
“The starters are going to start and play,” Reid said. “But on the other hand, it’s an opportunity for some of the young guys to get in and play, also. So, we’ll just see how it works out.”
Quarterback Donovan McNabb, ever the competitor, said he wants to play as much as possible, but it isn’t likely he will play all four quarters. With Owens out, the Eagles can’t afford to lose McNabb or running back Brian Westbrook, the team’s two best remaining playmakers.
Still, though, Philadelphia has proven in seasons past that its backups and young players are no slouches. Take young cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown as examples. They replaced fan favorites Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent in the secondary after playing the role of understudies the past couple of seasons.
Now, Sheppard is going to the Pro Bowl and Brown is one of the team’s most productive defensive players. If there is more talent like that behind the starters, it won’t matter who starts and who plays on Monday night.
That means the Rams can’t expect any kind of gimme this week. Jackson said the team knows to expect Philadelphia’s best, regardless of who is on the field.
“I have no idea, and to be honest, I really don’t care,” Jackson said. “They are a great team, and whoever they put out there I’m sure will be more than serviceable. So I really don’t care who they decide to play, and how long they play them, because it really doesn’t matter. We’re not going to adjust how we play based on what number jersey is out there.”
With so much left to play for, it is unlikely the Rams won’t come out ready to play. Effort and enthusiasm, however, have not been the problems. The problem has been execution. With Bulger back in the fold, the offense should pick up. Of course, it would almost have to after the past two weeks.
Combine that with an improving, but not-quite-there-yet defense and playoff and divisional dreams and you have all of the necessary ingredients to win an important game.
Larry Turner, who started at left guard last week but will be replaced by Tom Nütten this week, said he believes in his team.
“We aren’t dead yet,” Turner said. “We have a great offense, and our defense is coming along. There’s no reason to believe that we couldn’t win these two games. It’s the NFL, it’s any given Sunday. That’s why you play the game.
There’s no reason why we can’t go out here and win these next two games, I believe we can, and I believe we will.”
That kind of enthusiasm has been present all season, now, more than ever, it needs to translate to performance on the field. Nobody on this team knows that better than Bulger.
“It’s on us to go out and do it,” Bulger said. “We have been making promises all year we haven’t kept, so we have to find it within ourselves to finish up strong.”
Monday, December 27, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The Carolina Panthers were a joke two months ago, in danger of becoming the answer to a trivia question as the biggest bust following a Super Bowl season.
Don't look now, but the Panthers are surging, and moved into the thick of the playoff race Sunday with a 20-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Carolina (6-7) has won five straight and is now tied with the Rams (6-7) for the final NFC wild-card berth, but owns the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage.
"They had us for the buzzards, we were road kill," linebacker Mark Fields said. "All of sudden, we are coming back. With the character and the leadership of this team, there is no question about it -- this team has some resolve."
Stuck in a six-game losing streak two months ago and the laughingstock of the league with a 1-7 record, the playoffs were unthinkable. Mounting injuries had 14 players out for the season and no help on the way.
Once the Panthers realized that, they began to turn it around and are suddenly playing almost as well as they did during last year's Super Bowl run.
Feeding off a defense that set a franchise record with six interceptions, the Panthers got touchdowns from Muhsin Muhammad and Nick Goings and two field goals from John Kasay in a rematch of January's thrilling NFC divisional playoff.
But this one wasn't nearly as dramatic as Carolina's 29-23 win in double overtime, mainly because the teams are totally different than they were in January.
For starters, 10 of Carolina's 22 regulars from that game are either no longer with the Panthers or out with injuries. St. Louis (6-7) was without star running back Marshall Faulk, and started 39-year-old Chris Chandler at quarterback because Marc Bulger is hurt.
But the stakes were just as high, at least for Carolina.
"It's a playoff game for us every time we go on the field," cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. said. "This is it for us. The hole we put ourselves in, the only way out of it is to win every game and keep the season going."
Manning took the first step, intercepting Chandler on the Rams' first series to set up Carolina's first touchdown. It was Manning who set up Carolina's playoff victory, as well, when he ended a Rams drive by wrestling the ball away from Torry Holt to give the Panthers possession for their winning drive.
Dan Morgan, back from a three-game absence with a concussion, had two interceptions to join Manning for the team lead, and Will Witherspoon and rookie Chris Gamble each added a pick.
Morgan had no idea which of the six interceptions meant the most.
"There were so many, I forgot all of them," he said.
The Panthers forced seven turnovers in all -- Shaun McDonald muffed a punt that Carolina recovered -- and used constant pressure on Chandler to prevent him from finding a comfort zone.
"I think (Chandler) got rattled early," St. Louis coach Mike Martz said. "I think any time you throw some picks in the game, as quarterback, it really is unsettling. At that point, he had a hard time recovering."
Making his first start in over a year, Chandler wasn't crisp. But the 17-year veteran still made a handful of athletic plays, including one that was negated for offensive holding but would have ranked among his niftier touchdown passes.
He escaped from the collapsing pocket, eluded several defenders and zipped a pass to Isaac Bruce, who zigzagged into the end zone for what would have been a 52-yard touchdown.
The one that did count was his 75-yard TD pass to Holt at the end of the first quarter, when Chandler converted on third-and-9. Chandler finished 16-for-29 for 243 yards, one touchdown, six interceptions and was sacked three times.
"No, nothing this bad," Chandler responded when asked if he had ever played worse. "I have no answers, and no excuses. It's just not good."
Meanwhile, Muhammad, who caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme in the first quarter, scored for a career-best 11th time this season.
And Goings, Carolina's sixth-string running back before injuries forced him into a starting role, ran for 108 yards and a 1-yard TD plunge. He now has run for 100 yards or more in all four of his starts -- tying the mark Stephen Davis set last season.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
When all seemed bleak, Drew Bledsoe turned to the one person he thought might provide him perspective and help answer his critics: Jim Kelly.
It worked. Recalling the advice he received earlier this week from Kelly, the Buffalo Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback, Bledsoe produced a convincing reply to those calling for his benching.
Bledsoe hit tight end Mark Campbell for three touchdowns, picking apart a banged-up Rams' secondary, and got additional support from a strong special teams showing, in helping the Bills to a 37-17 win over St. Louis on Sunday.
``We just talked a little bit of how you handle things and how you deal with things when you're faced with some adversity. It was good conversation,'' Bledsoe said. ``It's nice to know you're not the only one who's been through hard times. ... It's nice to know that you have that support.''
Bledsoe finished 15-of-24 for 185 yards and one interception. The three touchdowns were the most Bledsoe's thrown since he had three in Buffalo's 38-21 win over Miami on Dec. 1, 2002.
Bledsoe was so good his 160 yards passing in the first half were more than he had in 10 of his previous 23 games. And he got his 213th career touchdown pass, moving into 19th place ahead of Terry Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle.
His performance was part of an overall dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.
``This week we took it personal,'' Campbell said. ``What happened last Sunday night was embarrassing. We had a bad taste in our mouth and wanted to do something about it today.''
The game turned at the start of the third quarter when the Bills broke open a 17-17 score by producing 17 points in a span of 5:40, including Nate Clements' 86-yard punt return for a touchdown.
This was not the effort the Rams were expecting after taking the NFC West lead with last weekend's 23-12 win over Seattle. St. Louis (5-5) has lost three of its last four, all three losses against AFC East opponents.
As unhappy as Rams coach Mike Martz was with his team's performance, he was livid about what he called cheap shots by the Bills. The Rams lost three cornerbacks to injuries: starter Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce to knee injuries in the first half, and backup Kevin Garrett to a concussion in the third quarter.
Rams receiver Torry Holt also accused Clements of trying to hurt him by going after his knees during a tackle in the third quarter.
``Absolutely, they were doing it intentionally,'' Martz said. ``They are trying to blow somebody's knee out. There's no question about it. It worked.''
As for the game, Martz blamed his special teams unit which, besides allowing Clements' touchdown, gave up a 53-yard punt return to Jonathan Smith. And then there was defensive end Erik Flowers, who muffed a short kickoff, allowing the Bills to recover at the Rams 31.
Those three miscues led to 17 Bills points.
``We were pitiful,'' Martz said. ``I really don't know what to do at this point. ... It's going to be hard to win another game until we get that cleared up. That's the worst thing I've ever seen.''
After spotting the Rams a 10-0 first-quarter lead on their first two possessions, the Bills held St. Louis to 98 yards and no points in the second half, and intercepted Marc Bulger three times.
Bulger went 27-of-45 for 287 yards, including touchdowns to Holt and Isaac Bruce.
Campbell also caught TD passes of 19 and 10 yards for the first three-TD game of his career, and finished with four catches for 37 yards.
``I give him a lot of credit,'' Campbell said, referring to Bledsoe. ``I can't say enough about Drew. For as much heat as he's been under, he made some great reads out there.''
We are never going to get back to the playoffs being dead even, the Bills caught us off guard and jumped on the oppurtunity. We started off strong but finished weak. We need to keep up the same intensity throughout the game so they dont take advantage of us. Lets hope that something in the turkeys will give out Rams a new beginning. We are 0-0 baby and lets finish off strong!
Thursday, November 18, 2004
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike Martz's week of anger was no empty display. He saw the season slipping away for the defending NFC West champions and thought taking potshots at his players might be his best shot at turning things around.
The St. Louis Rams responded to the tongue-lashings and physical practices by slapping around the Seattle Seahawks.
Marc Bulger got off to a red-hot start and a beleaguered defense held Seattle to three field goals in five trips inside the 20 in a 23-12 victory that earned the Rams a first-place tie with the Seahawks atop the NFC West on Sunday.
Martz held little back after consecutive losses to the Patriots and previously winless Dolphins.
``You don't want the head man upset,'' wide receiver Kevin Curtis said. ``It can't help but fire you up a little bit to play even harder.''
Martz's tactics included a live scrimmage on Wednesday, a very unusual full-contact drill for the NFL but something that he'll continue after seeing such impressive results.
``It's easy to take things for granted -- all of us, coaches too,'' Martz said. ``If you don't coach attitude and bring out the passion that they have to play this game, then you start to slide, and I think that's where we were.''
The Rams (5-4) responded to Mad Mike by sweeping the season series against their top competition in the West, this time benefiting from an early cushion rather than a fast finish. The Rams led 17-0 early in the second quarter; a month ago in Seattle, they had to score 17 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes of regulation to force overtime.
``They made key plays when they had to, and we didn't,'' Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. ``I think that was the story.''
Shaun Alexander had 176 yards on 22 carries for Seattle, giving him 531 yards the last three games and putting him over 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season. But Alexander's fumble after a 35-yard gain to the St. Louis 9 early in the fourth quarter blew the Seahawks' chance to tie it, with Aeneas Williams stripping the ball and Rich Coady recovering.
``I was just thinking 'make plays,' and I went out to make a play,'' Alexander said. ``Their defense made a better one.''
Matt Hasselbeck played with a charley horse after colliding with Alexander on the Seahawks' first play, and ended with one of his worst games of the season for the Seahawks (5-4), going 15-for-36 for 172 yards. The Seahawks were limited to four field goals by Josh Brown.
``We've been giving up points and I'm quite sure teams are coming in and thinking 'Man, we should be able to get at least 30 points,' and rightfully so,'' Williams said. ``When this defense can hold a good offense like that to 12 points it's going to build momentum.''
AP - Nov 14, 5:07 pm EST
Bulger was 5-for-6 for 71 yards on the opening drive, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Curtis, and was 12-for-15 in the first quarter for 158 yards. By early in the second quarter he had completed passes to nine receivers.
He was ineffective much of the second half playing with the lead, finishing 23-for-34 for 262 yards. But Marshall Faulk helped compensate, shrugging off a lost fumble and finishing with a season-best 139 yards on 18 carries, and the Rams totaled a season-best 202 yards on the ground.
The Rams came out firing. Martz called 13 consecutive passes to open the game and 10 were completions, including the 15-yard TD to Curtis.
He finally called for a handoff midway through the second quarter, resulting in a 14-yard gain by Steven Jackson. Jackson scored from the 4 on the next play for a 14-0 lead.
The Rams played much of the game minus two stars. Offensive tackle Orlando Pace was ejected in the third quarter for making contact with the side judge during a scrum following a lost fumble by Faulk. Torry Holt took a blow to the head in the first quarter and did not return.
``There was never a question he had a concussion,'' Martz said. ``The only thing missing was the little birds flying around his head.''
Keep up the good work you guys!
Monday, November 08, 2004
The one trademark of New England’s 21-game winning streak was its ability to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. That streak ended when the Patriots made mistakes of their own and their opponent played error-free football. On Sunday, New England began a new streak with some old faces in new places. Those recognizable mugs followed the same old blueprint to victory.
The Patriots forced a trio of crucial turnovers, racked up five sacks, and the Rams committed 10 penalties in a game that had the footprints of New England’s record-streak all over it. New England took advantage of St. Louis’ miscues and used a fair amount of trickery to beat the Rams 40-22 at the Edward Jones Dome.
The loss drops the Rams to 4-4 on the season and boosts the Patriots to 7-1. Seattle beat San Francisco 42-27 to improve to 5-3 and take the lead in the division. For a team that has had trouble revealing its true identity through eight games, the Rams left more questions unanswered after the bye week.
Right guard Adam Timmerman said his team knew what New England did to have success, but this loss could be placed squarely on the shoulders of a St. Louis team that failed to execute in all three phases of the game.
“We definitely had too many mistakes, that’s the story,” Timmerman said. “I don’t know how many…I’d say yards, but it’s more like miles in penalties we had and at bad times. We just killed ourselves. It wasn’t a matter of whether the Patriots beat us or made us make mistakes. We did it to ourselves.”
Those mistakes added up in a hurry, whether they were justifiable, indefensible or whatever the case might have been. Those 10 penalties didn’t result in mileage added to the Rams’ penalty odometer, but they did add up to 80 yards and they certainly came at inopportune times.
Perhaps no penalty altered the face of the game more than a questionable personal foul for a hit to the head of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady called against defensive end Leonard Little with 1:02 to go in the first half. On first-and-10 from his 28, quarterback Tom Brady dropped back to pass and floated it over the head of running back Kevin Faulk in the face of pressure from Little.
Little appeared to hit Brady in his chest, referee Ed Hochuli threw a flag, giving New England 15 yards and a first down. The Patriots ended up scoring on the final play of the first half on one of kicker Adam Vinatieri’s four field goals and took a 19-14 lead into the locker room.
Little was surprised at the call and said he didn’t necessarily agree with it.
“I didn’t hit him up high; I hit him in the chest area,” Little said. “He (the referee) said that it was helmet to chest. I thought that was a part of tackling. When I see a rulebook, it says to keep your head up and hit them in the midsection. I don’t think it was roughing the passer, but that is the way they called it.”
That penalty was part of a six-point swing from which the Rams never recovered. That flag might never have happened were it not for another St. Louis miscue that preceded it.
On third-and-11 from New England’s 30, quarterback Marc Bulger was flushed out of the pocket and rolled to his left. In a desperate attempt to make something happen, Bulger was hit by linebacker Willie McGinest. Bulger fumbled and defensive end Jarvis Green recovered at the 28.
That play, like many others ended with a questionable call. Green didn’t appear to have control of the ball as he fell out of bounds, but after a review, the referees ruled in New England’s favor. About a minute later, Vinatieri kicked the field goal to complete the swing.
Rams coach Mike Martz said the referees told him they couldn’t get a convincing view of what happened.
“He couldn’t tell is what he told me,” Martz said. “It wasn’t conclusive. He couldn’t overturn the ruling on the field. I understand that, even though I don’t agree with that.”
The Rams’ mistakes weren’t limited to penalties and turnovers. A mental error in the third quarter gave the Patriots a 26-14 lead that effectively put St. Louis away. On fourth-and-4 at the Rams’ 4, New England lined up in normal field goal formation, normal, that is, except for one glaring exception. Receiver Troy Brown lined up wide of the line of scrimmage.
With Martz and the rest of the sideline screaming in vain for a timeout, the Patriots snapped directly to Vinatieri who quickly tossed it to Brown, whom the Rams didn’t see until it was too late, for a 4-yard touchdown and lead that the Rams couldn’t overcome.
Martz said he had no problem seeing it, but there wasn’t much he could do besides trying to get a timeout.
“I don’t think that was the trickiest thing in the world. Where was he going, to the john?” Martz said, sarcastically. “I was running, trying to call a timeout because obviously we didn’t see it. That is ridiculous. We have to pay more attention than that, I would think. I am upset about that. I could see him, but I couldn’t get to the official fast enough to call a timeout. I can’t run that fast.”
Another Rams’ mistake came four plays later on the ensuing possession as a Bulger pass intended for wide receiver Torry Holt was deflected and intercepted by linebacker Roman Phifer. The former Ram returned the interception 26 yards to the Rams’ 21.Running back Corey Dillon scored four plays later on a 5-yard run to extend the New England lead to 33-14.
St. Louis’ attempted comeback was limited to a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bulger to Holt and a 2-point conversion run by running back Marshall Faulk to make it 33-22 New England less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
The Rams’ defense promptly forced a three-and-out, but offensively couldn’t convert. The Patriots scored on their next possession as Brady hit receiver Bethel Johnson for a 4-yard score with 5:30 to play. Vinatieri’s extra point gave New England the final margin.
St. Louis was not without its chances to take control, though, especially in the first half. After a rough start that put the Rams down 6-0, they appeared to have momentum back in their favor. The Rams’ defense came up with a strong effort in the first half after being backed into a corner on two occasions. Vinatieri booted a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0, but New England was held to a three-and-out on its next possession.
On the ensuing punt, returner Shaun McDonald muffed the kick and the Patriots’ Lonie Paxton recovered at the St. Louis 28. Instead of folding, the Rams held the Patriots to another field goal, making it 6-0.
With the offense struggling, St. Louis’ defense picked up the slack. On New England’s first play of its next possession, Brady dropped back to pass from his 6. Defensive tackle Damione Lewis bullrushed up the middle and forced a fumble. Little recovered for a touchdown and kicker Jeff Wilkins’ extra point made it 7-6 St. Louis.
New England wasted no time answering with a 2-yard touchdown toss from Brady to linebacker Mike Vrabel to take a 13-7 lead. The Rams’ offense got rolling for the first time on their next possession, driving 85 yards on just six plays for receiver Isaac Bruce’s 11-yard touchdown grab. Wilkins’ extra point made it 14-13. The Patriots added Vinatieri’s 45-yard field goal to make it 16-14 before the all-important six-point swing.
Bulger had a rough go of it, getting sacked five times, fumbling and throwing an interception. He finished his day 23-of-33 for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
In the end, though, the Rams were just the next victim in the assembly line of Patriots’ victories.
“It’s pretty clear if you’re going to beat a team like New England you can’t make mistakes,” Bulger said. “We made too many. That’s the way they win and they proved it again.”
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
After leaning on their aerial attack the last two games but falling short in losses, the Rams finally found the balance they were looking for. Marshall Faulk ran for 121 yards, Marc Bulger threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and Isaac Bruce had seven catches for 100 yards to lead the Rams to a 24- 14 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that lifted St. Louis to 2-2 on the season. The Rams scored on their first four possessions to build a 24-0 halftime lead and the defense held off the Niners fourth-quarter comeback attempt. "This team has potential," coach Mike Martz said. "We still need to fix a lot of things, but that was a very dominant effort by the entire team in the first half."
Monday, September 27, 2004
Such is life in the NFL, where, things can turn on a dime. It comes down to who wants it more. It comes down to who can play a whole 4 quarters and then some. The Saints did as overcame Rams heroics to come out on top 28-25 in the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. The loss left the Rams at 1-2 on the season and boosted New Orleans to 2-1.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Martz had this to say about his teams debut in 2004.
From NFL.com,By Nick Wagoner
“I would have to give us an A+ because we rushed the ball pretty good and I don’t know if there were any sacks registered today (there weren’t),” Pace said. “If you can do that you will have success and you will win the ball game.”
“They made stops and that’s the mark of a good defense,” Martz said. “You’ve got to give our defense a great deal of credit for that stop and at the end of the game getting three-and-out. I thought our defense played very well.”
“To open up the season at home and win, that’s a great feeling, Martz said. “Overall, I’m very pleased with a win like this at home.”
Sunday, September 05, 2004
"I can't believe I was yelling for a field goal," he said. "That was the dumbest thing I've ever done as a football coach."-From their official site
Well, at least he made that ridiculous mistake in the Preseason...
They face Arizona on the 12th (Regular season!). Let's hope Mr. Martz gets plenty of sleep the night before.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The Bears tried to hand the game to the Rams. Chicago gave back 160 yards on 19 penalties. But the Rams made their share of mistakes, too, and when the kickoff defense team got burned in overtime, St. Louis was doomed to a 13-10 loss. St. Louis led 10-3 in the fourth quarter before giving up a game-tying touchdown. Ahmad Merritt's 87-yard kickoff return set up a short game-ending field goal. The Rams themselves had 12 penalties for 80 yards and committed the game's only two turnovers. "It was sloppy, very, very sloppy," St. Louis coach Mike Martz said. "We looked like we haven't practiced much, which we haven't in the last week. We'll rectify that." One penalty wiped out Shaun McDonald's touchdown on a 65-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter. Fullback Joey Goodspeed scored the team's only touchdown on a 13-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. Rookie Steven Jackson gained 73 yards on 15 carries.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 12 Chicago 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 23 at Kansas City 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 27 Washington 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Oakland 10:00 p.m.
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 Arizona 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Atlanta 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Seattle 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 18 Tampa Bay 9:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Miami 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Open Date
Nov. 7 New England 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 14 Seattle 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Buffalo 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 29 at Green Bay 9:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 San Francisco 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Carolina 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 19 at Arizona 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 27 Philadelphia 9:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 New York Jets 1:00 p.m.
All times are Eastern