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2016 Los Angeles Rams preseason schedule opens with Cowboys in L.A.

The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven't been announced but here's a first look at the opponents for the Los Angeles Rams:

Week 1 (Aug. 13, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Comment: It's only fitting that the two owners who worked to bring professional football back to Los Angeles are actually in the building when professional football returns to town. Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones worked for years to get the Rams back to the City of Angels with Jones backing Kroenke because of his deep pockets and extravagant Inglewood stadium plan. This will be the Rams' first game in the Los Angeles area (they played in Anaheim) since Dec. 24, 1994, when they hosted the Washington Redskins.

Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Comment: I tend to doubt Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be in attendance or that the Governor's Cup trophy will be on the line when these two teams get together this time around. But apparently old habits die hard as the Rams and Chief will play in the preseason just as they did for most of the Rams' time in St. Louis.

Week 3 (Aug. 25-29) at Denver Broncos

Comment: Gary Kubiak and Jeff Fisher renew acquaintances as the Rams get a relatively short road trip for what is considered the "dress rehearsal" of preseason games. It's also a chance for the Rams to see the defending Super Bowl champions up close for the first time since the 2014 season.

Week 4 (Sept. 1) at Minnesota Vikings

Comment: As the Rams build their new Inglewood palace, they'll get a chance to visit the league's newest stadium in Minneapolis to close out the exhibition schedule. The Vikings are set to open US Bank Stadium this season and the Rams will be just the second visiting team to check it out.