For the first time since their 27-9 loss against their division rival Seattle Seahakws, the St. Louis Rams will be in live game action as they kick off their preseason tonight against he New Orleans Saints. The Rams surprised the Saints last season by defeating them with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens.
Although that is far behind, and that this game basically means nothing, this will be the first time that we will get to see the Rams in a live game setting, the first time we will get to see Michael Sam, and we can’t forget that it will be the first time “Sack City” takes the field at home.
The Rams’ first preseason game will take place in the Edward Jones Dome at 7:00 PM CT and can be seen on the NFL Network or by purchasing the preseason package on NFL.com for only $19.99. Calling the game will be Andrew Siciliano and Rams greats Marshall Faulk and Torry Holt.
The Rams are going to keep it simple, vanilla, as some might say, as it is the preseason.
We’re not planning,” Fisher said. “We’re going to just do our stuff. I think that’s important in Game 1 to be able to adjust, let the players adjust, and they may take a look at some tape from last year on Friday, but beyond that we’re just going to keep installing.”
The Rams will be focusing on working in some of their young players and backups who are looking to make a play that sets them apart or somebody who may not get a chance to prove themselves otherwise. The roster is at its largest at this point, and come August 26th, teams will have to cut the roster to 75 before having to reduce to 53 on August 30th.
“I think it’s the same thing year after year in the first preseason game,” Fisher said. “You want to play as many people as you can that are able to play. You don’t want to play your starters too much. You want to get them in a flow, but we’re not out there to outsmart anybody.
“It’s preseason game number one, everybody that’s capable of playing for the most part will play.”
What To Watch
1. One thing that may be flying under the radar is that this will be Gregg Williams’ first game as a defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams and what a way to celebrate than against his old team the New Orleans Saints. It is only a preseason game, but it will be interesting to see if there is any bad blood between the two sides.
2. While he is in the game, keep an eye on offensive lineman Greg Robinson. With Jake Long out, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if we get to see Robinson at his actual position on the left side at tackle. When all is said and done though, if the Rams offensive line makes it out of the game healthy, Friday’s game should be considered a success.
3. Michael Sam will also make history in his first game in the NFL. We likely won’t see Sam until the later parts of the game at defensive end, but we could see him earlier on the special teams coverage unit. Playing well in the preseason will play a big role in whether or not Sam will make the final roster.
Prediction: Saints Win 23-20
I wouldn’t expect this game to be an offensive shootout, but the Saints have more depth, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Rams will have the advantage on defense, but I think the Saints pull ahead late to hand the Rams the loss.