The Rams are headed to New England to take on the hated Patriots in a telling preseason test for the Rams. The Patriots always play their starters more (Tom Brady excluded) and play the least vanilla in the preseason of all the teams in the NFL. This is also the 3rd preseason game is always the longest look the starters will get in the preseason. So, all in all, this should be an interesting game for the Rams to see how they stack up.
- In St. Louis, the game is on live on Fox Channel 2 at 6:30pm Central
- Nationally, the game is on tape delay on NFL Network at 10pm Central.
What to Watch For
- Offensive Line – The Rams offensive line improved their play against the Cleveland Browns. For the Rams to have success this season, they need continuity in their top 5 offensive lineman and they had that against Cleveland and naturally their play improved. But, the Oline seems to have trouble with conditioning because over time in the game, their play falls apart. The Rams are looking for consistency throughout the whole time the Rams starters are in the game.
- Sam Bradford – Bradford is going to always be a key in the preseason as long as he is playing. His progress is always something to watch. AJ Feeley is injured and will not play against the Patriots, so Bradford gets his first NFL preseason start and should play a half or more. Bradford should benefit from having Steven Jackson in the backfield with him. He hasn’t had a chance to work with SJ39 in the preseason.
- Wide Receivers – The wide receiver situation is more confusing than ever, especially now that the Rams made a switcharoo letting go of Brooks Foster for Danario Alexander. Alexander is not a player who should contribute to the Rams in 2010, so Gibson and Burton, McRae and Curry are all still in a battle for a roster spot. Burton got as much playing time against Cleveland as he did against the Vikings, but did not do as much with the opportunities.
- Play Calling – Please open up the playbook for Sam Bradford. If he does not throw a pass over 10 yards, the Patriots defense will eat him alive. It is unclear where the tentative plays are coming from whether it is the head coach, offensive coordinator or Sam Bradford himself quickly going to the check-down outlet. Either way, the Rams are going to have to try some more difficult passing plays if at the very least they want to see what they have in their wide receivers.