Are the Rams finally ready for prime time? The NFL must believe so.

Their 2013 schedule gives them a Thursday night home game against the San Francisco 49ers (NFL Network) and a Monday Night showdown with the Seattle Seahawks (ESPN) at the Edward Jones Dome.

That is a healthy show of respect from the league. The Rams haven’t hosted “Monday Night Football” since 2006.

This schedule doesn’t take the Rams to London, which is a good thing. Also, there are no three-game road trips this season. That is the good news too.

The bad news: The Rams must do some heavy lifting early in their 2013 slate.

After a soft launch against the retooling Arizona Cardinals at home, they must travel to Atlanta and Dallas in Weeks 2 and 3. Then the defending NFC champion 49ers will visit The Ed.

For better or worse, it won’t take long to find out just how good this team really is.