The Rams are coming off one of their stereotypically poor performances in which they turned a slim lead against a bad team into a slim loss like magic in the 4th quarter. Now, they travel to Cleveland to face old offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and his sleep inducing offense.
Around St. Louis (mostly to the west) and around Cleveland are the only saps unlucky enough to get this game on FOX. Maps here.
What to Watch For
- Mr. Bradford – Bradford looks in line to play again this week after a poor effort against Arizona. He looks less than confident with himself, his receivers and his offensive line. Which leads Bradford less confident to wait for his down field receivers to get open and content to take the short dump off.
- Offensive Line – Speaking of the offensive line, with the benching of center Jason Brown, Bradford will be taking snaps from a new player, who was not even on the roster during training camp in Tony Wragge. Adam Goldberg has filled in admirably with Jason Smith injured, but lacks the potential for power in the run game. Who knows what Sam will get from Wragge right in front of him.
- Pat Shurmur – The Rams will face off with their previous offensive coordinator, in Pat Shurmur, who has brought his slow motion offense to Cleveland with less than rave reviews. The Rams defense has seen this offense in practice the last two seasons, I hope to high heaven that the are able to slow it down.
- Silent G – The Browns will be starting former Ram, Chris Ogbonnaya at running back on Sunday. Disgruntled running back/bowling ball Peyton Hillis is hurt again and so is back up Montario Hardesty. There is a reason the Rams cut Silent G and that is because he can’t run between the tackles and is best utlized as a 3rd down pass catching back. If Ogbonnaya runs wild on the Rams, I hope that I’m not holding anything breakable at the time.
- Run The Ball – Last week the Browns gave up 100-yard rushing days to two different running backs on the Houston Texans. The Rams do not have the kind of offensive line that Houston has, but the Rams should be able to have success running the football against Houston and take a ton of pressure off young Mr. Bradford.
- Will The Real Rams Please Stand Up? – I’m pretty sure at this point we know who exactly the Rams are. They are still a bad team with questionable coaching, execution and discipline.
- Run Colt Run? – The Rams made John Skelton look like Michael Vick last week with how many times they let the big guy get out of the pocket easily and run for 7+ yards. Colt McCoy is another quarterback who is not known as a runner, but who is not afraid to run if the opportunity presents itself. The Rams defensive line needs to stay in their lanes and not let McCoy free with room to roam.