The Rams start their preseason schedule off with a home game Saturday night at 7pm Central Time at the Edward Jones Dome. Good seats still available as the game (not surprisingly) did not sell out.
The game will be available on tape delay locally in St. Louis and nationally on NFL network.
- KTVI – FOX in St. Louis will show the game 10:30pm on Friday and 2pm on Sunday.
- NFL Network will show the game at 9pm Central after the Bengals-Broncos game.
What to Watch For
- The Rams played the Vikings in the 2009 season and the preseason opener should bare little resemblance to that game. The Vikings are still without their quarterback from last season who will not be named in this post as he has not has his “Indecision 2010” special on ESPN. That being said, both teams will have an interesting decision to make in regards to their QB situation. Both teams should be giving limited time, but more than 1 series to their “top” QBs. For the Vikings that is Tavaris Jackson and for the Rams is AJ Feeley.
- Sam Bradford – This will be the first time Sam Bradford gets in a game situation without the red jersey that prevents anyone from touching or tackling him. It is still preseason but it will be great to see Bradford in a situation where he is playing against another team and where he could possibly take a hit or two. Though ideally in the Rams mind, he will not take any hits. Will Sam Bradford continue to make progress and continue to earn praises with his demeanor and play?
- Backup RB – The last few years the Rams have still been in flux with their running back situation behind Steven Jackson. Jackson will only get a few carries if he plays at all. So, pay attention to who comes into the game after Jackson and works with the first team. Ogbonnaya, Darby and Keith Toston all should get significant time. However, take all performances in this game with a grain of salt. Think back to the 2009 preseason when Samkon Gado had a huge game in the preseason punctuated by one long TD run, but fizzled in the regular season when he was given carries.
- Rookies – Besides Sam Bradford, the Rams have a lot of intriguing rookies aching for playing time. George Selvie had a great scrimmage. Can he translate that to the preseason? Jerome Murphy is another hot name at corner who should get a lot of playing time. Fendi Onobun is a athletic player the Rams are turning into a tight end, what will we see from him.
- Tackle Situation – Jason Smith is still recovering from his toe injury, so if he plays in the game, will he play at RT? That would make the most sense considering that is where he has done most of his work in training camp. Rodger Saffold should get a good long look at LT and it should be interesting to see how he matches up with the Vikings pass rushers.
- Wide Receivers – The wide receiver situation is the camp battle to watch as each player will try to one up the other for the chance to earn a roster spot with the Rams. Who will have the best night? Who will get the chance to play with the 1st team?