Week 3 Preview: Rams v Ravens

The Rams continue their gauntlet of a schedule by welcoming the tough Ravens who are coming off a big letdown in week 2 after a huge win in week 1.

TV

The Rams are on CBS for the first time this season and the game is only being shown in the St. Louis area and the Baltimore/Washington area.  Here’s the map.

What to Watch For

  • Stop the Run – The only way to stop the Ravens is to stop their impressive running attack.  If you can stop Ray Rice and their big offensive line, you can stop the Ravens.  If you can’t, the game might well be over before it starts.  The Rams will need to play much better against the run than they have over the first two weeks of the season.
  • Rams Offensive Line – The Rams offensive line was terrible and then slightly less terrible against two great defensive lines and blitzing defensive coordinators.  They do not get a week off as Haloti Ngata, Terelle Suggs and Ray Lewis come to town.  They will have to have their best game of the year so far to keep Sam Bradford clean and lanes for the running game.
  • Red Zone – The Rams offense moved the ball much better in week 2 but stalled 3 times inside the 10 yard line when the gaps get smaller and decisions have to be made faster.  The Rams offense looked sharper in week 2, but not sharp enough for the red zone.  The Rams will have to play even better against a more impressive all around defense than they have met all season.
  • Steven Jackson – The Rams star running back has been nursing a quad injury since the first run of the game in the opener against Philadelphia.  Cadillac Williams hasn’t practiced all week with a hamstring injury.  The Rams will need his power running game against the power run defense of the Ravens.  The Titans ran over 30 times against the Ravens, not for a good average, but were able to keep the Ravens honest.
  • Ed Reed – Sam Bradford will need to know where Ed Reed is on every play, because he will want to intercept every pass from the young quarterback.  One of the bright spots of Sam Bradford’s season is that he has yet to throw an interception, Ed Reed will try to change that.
  • Mistake-free – The Rams have allowed a fumble return for a touchdown in each of the first two games which turned the momentum permanently away from the Rams and to the other team.  One was a blown block and Sam Bradford dropped the ball.  One was an ill-advised backwards pass than Cadillac Williams ignored.  The Rams start the game strong, but will need to avoid the one catastrophic play that changes everything.

Go Rams!


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