Looking ahead: Rams' 2011 opponents

The St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions could wind up playing one another three seasons in a row.

They played one another in 2009 and they'll play again in 2010. They would play again in 2011, according to the NFL's scheduling rotation, if both teams finished in the same slots in their respective divisional standings.

The chart breaks down the Rams' known non-division opponents for each of the next two seasons.

The final row of the chart shows opponents based on how teams finish in the previous season's standings. NFC West teams are paired with NFC East and NFC North teams this season, meaning the NFC West champion Cardinals face the NFC East champs (Dallas Cowboys) and NFC North champs (Minnesota Vikings).

2010-2011 Opponents: St. Louis Rams