Gridiron Gab Week Three Preview – Washington at St.Louis

The Rams are still trying to get their first win as the improved Washington Redskins visit the Dome with new quarterback Donovan McNabb, new head coach Mike Shanahan and former Rams nemesis/interim head coach Jim Haslett.

TV

The game looks ticketed to be shown live in St. Louis, but a few more tickets will need to be sold for that to happen.  The Rams got an extension from the Thursday deadline to the Friday deadline, so we will have to see what happens.  The game is also shown sporadically up and down the East Coast, Washington (natch), NYC and Boston will get the game at 3pm Central.  Check the map to see if you are getting the Rams game.

What to Watch For

  • The Offense – The Rams offense has had lots of trouble moving the ball so far in 2010 with the problems with playcalling, lack of adjustments and lack of execution.  The Redskins have a tougher defense than the Rams have faced so far in 2010, but they gave up almost 500 yards passing to the high flying Houston Texans.  The Rams do not have an offense as quite as good as Houston and they will not put up 500 yards passing.  300 would be a good start.
  • Steven Jackson – Jackson hurt his knee in Week 1 and got his bell rung in Week 2 after a great first half.  The Rams were not opening the same holes for him and stoppped throwing the ball his way.  The Rams need to keep the pressure off Jackson, but they were unable to sustain it with eight men in the box.
  • Tight End Depth – The Rams have 2 tight ends that are officially out for Week 3 and the Fendi Onobun experiment looks like a go.  The Rams need to utilize their TEs more when their WRs cannot get open.
  • Mark Clayton – Mark Clayton was mostly shut down by the Oakland secondary, which is not unprecedented but the Washington secondary is much more vulnerable.  Mark Clayton should have more success in Week 3.
  • Pass Rush – The Rams need to put Donovan McNabb under pressure as his not nearly as mobile as Bruce Gradkowski.  And that’s saying something.  If McNabb is left with time, he will be able to challenge the Rams corner depth. Pass rush and a blitz that gets to McNabb is the key to keeping him under 500 yards passing.

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