Saturday night the St. Louis Rams will play their third preseason game, however, unlike the first two they will be on the road against the Cleveland Browns. The Rams have fallen short in their first two preseason games and will look to put one in the win column.
The Rams and Browns will kickoff at 7PM CT at FirstEnergy stadium in Cleveland. The game can be watched by purchasing the NFL Preseason Live package .
These two teams played each other last preseason with the Browns getting the 27-19 win. Cleveland Browns broadcaster Bernie Kosar made some controversial comments during the game, but thankfully the Rams won’t have to worry about that as Kosar no longer broadcasts the games.
As for how much the Rams starters will play, Jeff Fisher said during the week that they will shoot for one half, but some guys may come out sooner. Fisher also said that the team is expecting Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, Michael Brockers, as well as some of the other young defensive backs to play. He was unsure about James Laurinaitis.
What To Watch
1. The big thing to watch will be how the Rams defensive line performs against the Browns offensive line. These are two of the best groups in the NFL, and it will be a good test for both units. This will also be the first game in which all four guys on the Rams defensive line will be starting. The Rams have struggled stopping the run in the first two games, but with Brockers back, hopefully that will no longer be an issue.
2. Another things to keep an eye on will be Sam Bradford as usual. It is his second game back and it will be interesting to see if he picks up where he left off against the Packers. This will also be a good test for Bradford as the Browns have both Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and rookie first round cornerback Justin Gilbert in their secondary.
3. Lastly, obviously you’ll want to keep an eye on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. Arguably two of the most talked about rookies will be playing against each other as Manziel is playing for the Browns and Michael Sam is with the Rams. The Rams first team defense may not get to go against the mobile quarterback, but it will still be interesting to see how the Rams adjust their defense against Manziel.
Prediction: Rams win 24-23
The Browns defense will be a good test for the Rams defense and visa versa. However, I see Bradford picking up where he left off and giving the Rams backup unit a good chance to go out and win the game. What it comes down to is whether or not the second and third team Rams offense will be able to move the ball.
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