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Los Angeles Rams home and away opponents for 2017

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams' 44-6 loss Sunday finalized a third-place season in the NFC West, and now their 2017 home and away opponents are set. The dates of each game will be determined in the spring when the full regular-season schedule is released.

Home opponents (*playoff team): Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, *Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, *Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers.

Road opponents (*playoff team): *Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, *New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Cardinals, *Seahawks, 49ers.

My take: The Rams will lose a traditional home game for the second straight year by hosting division-rival Arizona from London. That game is expected to be followed by their bye week. The 2017 schedule will be challenging, but not as difficult as the one from 2016. The Rams will travel all the way to Eastern Standard Time only twice, to face the Giants and Jaguars. This season, the Rams made the trek there on four separate occasions and also went to London. In 2016, they played seven games against playoff teams. In 2017, they'll play five games against teams coming off a playoff appearance.