Random Ramsdom 8/26: Rams impress in dress rehearsal, look ready for September

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Two staples of the Rams this season and the next ten years, Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitis, are both expected to have big years in 2013. For the team to reach its full potential, both will have to reach higher expectations.

Another game down and another loss in the books. The St. Louis Rams fell to the Denver Broncos in a tough-fought, to-the-wire contest. This time, however, Jeff Fisher's squad could leave the field with their heads held high and confidence going forward.

Only one more game, the least anticipated week in a football calender year, separates us from the Rams' season opener. For now, head on down for some links and prepare yourselves for a

Big plays on display in Denver - Jeff Fisher's first season in St. Louis featured more excitement and energy than the football club had known in years. All indications suggest that 2013 should be even more impressive. The Rams are now - finally - fast and tenacious on both side of the ball, implying many more explosive plays are to come.

Much more work ahead - While the team is noticeably better in nearly every aspect, there is still room for improvement. The Rams may have come out on top before halftime, but there was an obvious gap in talent and discipline between the young team and their Super Bowl-favorite veteran opponent. Few concerns at running back for either club were answered.

Nick Wagoner's observations - Not all was good and well on the Rams' side of the ball. Penalties continue to plague the young team much too often and blown assignments on defense occur frequently. In merely 30 minutes, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning attempted more passes (34) than St. Louis did in the entire game.

Rams may tweak game-plan for last preseason game - Both the starting offense an defense played the entire first half in Saturday's game, but not in equal proportion. The offense received much less playing time as they could either not stay on the field or had opportunities taken away by other sides of the ball. As a result, they may be given more chances than expected in the final exhibition contest.

Rookie roundup from third game -  Although Tavon Austin returned only two punts, he made both of them count, while safety T.J. McDonald also contributed on special teams, blocking an early fieldgoal attempt. However, it was linebacker Alec Ogletree who stole the show, intercepting Peyton Manning and returning a fumble - which he forced - for a touchdown. This year's draft class is quickly answering and contesting all concerns regarding their early impacts.

Pictures from The Denver Post - Need an awesome new computer background or just want to relive the game through flattering imagery? Check out these photos from this weekend's contest.

NFL Game Center - Rams v. Broncos - Re-watch all the highlights and track the stats from St. Louis' regular season dress rehearsal. Greg Zuerlein got to showcase "The Leg" on a national stage, booting a 58-yarder with 65-yard capabilities.

Not all of us will be fortunate enough to attended a Rams home game this season or, perhaps, ever. For those who can't, one kind fan has provided footage of the team's entrance onto the field.


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