For the second time in two preseasons, the Green Bay Packers are coming to St. Louis for an exhibition date with the Rams. Both teams are still seeking their first win of the preseason, and will have the national stage all to themselves on Saturday afternoon with the NFL Network carrying the game to millions of homes across the country.
This will be the Rams' final home game of the preseason. They won't be back in the Dome until Sunday, Sep. 7, Week 1 of the regular season.
Both teams will have their regular starting quarterbacks on the field for the first time. Sam Bradford is getting his first taste of live game action since tearing his ACL in Week 7 last year. He's been practicing, but the Rams left him on the bench last week (here's what to watch for from Bradford this week). Aaron Rodgers will be under center for the Packers, a good test for the Rams young secondary even as he shake off the rust.
Game time: 3:00 p.m. Central
Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.
TV Channel: NFL Network
KTVI Fox 2 (St. Louis)
KRBK-Fox 5 Springfield & Osage Beach
KMIZ-ABC 17/KQFX FOX 22 Columbia/Jefferson City
KFVS CBS 12/WQWQ CW Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Paducah, Kentucky
KFJX-Fox 14 Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburgh, Kansas
Illinois - WBUI CW 23 Springfield
Oklahoma - KWTV-CBS 9 Oklahoma City & KTUL-ABC 8 Tulsa
Tennessee - WLMT-ABC 24 Memphis
Online streaming: NFL Preseason Live
Odds: Rams -3; O/U 41 points
Pick/Prediction: Rams, of course, and we're taking the over.
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Injuries: The most notable absences for the Rams will be left tackle Jake Long and right guard Roger Saffold. Long's sitting out another week as a precaution, and Saffold is still dealing with a stinger in his neck. Janoris Jenkins could sit this one out, but Trumaine Johnson and Brandon McGree are expected to return this week. James Laurinaitis is out, and Michael Brockers will most likely join him.
Among the Packers injured players, the most notable is Jordy Nelson, who is likely to miss this week's game.