Aug 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher looks on before the snap against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
The preseason is entering its third and most important week. This is usually when teams let their starters play more than usual, which makes it easier to evaluate the team, since Week 4 is generally when the backups play, and only the die hards of the die hards or season ticket holders attend.
So after the jump, let's look at four questions that should be answered after this game
How will Sam handle the pressure?
Against the Colts in Week 1, Sam didn't look comfortable, but against the Chiefs a week later, he suddenly looked like Tom Brady's younger brother. If the Rams want to be talked about as being a playoff contender, or dethroning the 49ers, Sam will have to make throws when he's pressured. He didn't look horrible against the Colts, but if he starts moving around the pocket, or stands there and takes a hit while throwing a bullet, that will at least easy my concerns.
How will the rookies look?
The rookies looked like they belong in the league. That doesn't sound like a great thing, but the past records of the Rams hitting on draft picks hasn't been exactly great. But from Michael Brockers to Daryl Richardson, it looks like the Rams will be able to use them all in some role or another throughout the course of the regular season.
The only disappointing player to me is Isaiah Pead, I was really high on him, and it looks like Richardson is better right now. Jenkins, Brockers, and maybe Givens look like they will have big roles on the team this year.
It will be interesting to see how these players will look, against the Cowboys.
How will the Rams offensive line look?
The Cowboys run a 3-4 and have a good group of linebackers. They will also send blitzes, which is something that the starting group didn't have to deal with.
At Right tackle theres a fierce battle between Barry Richardson and Jason Smith. Right now Richardson is winning, but Smith has looked good against the the 2nd string competition. So who knows, maybe Smith will get his spot back, but as long as they protect the QB, and not jump off sides, everyone should be happy.
Which Wide receiver will standout?
We all know how impressive Danny Amendola has looked this season, and is anyone surprised? He was Sam's security blanket his rookie year, and his short stunt in last seasons horrible year. The thing is will anyone else show up?
Steve Smith will probably get a good chunk of starting time, since he's been with the starting unit in both games and had two long overthrows thrown his way. Then you have the young wide receivers, Austin Pettis and the two rookies Chris Givens and Brian Quick has looked good so far. Greg Salas, hasn't really shown anything after his promising year last season.
We can't forget the two players who have been injured and haven't played this preseason. Theres the talented Danario Alexander, whom would be a good player if he could ever stop getting hurt. Then you have Brandon Gibson, who has reportedly done good this off-season, and if he plays against the Cowboys, should be in the starting group.
I have my eyes on both players, and I hope they both play against the Cowboys.