Word on the street is that the Colts are making a trip to St. Louis to face the Rams. In their last meeting there were touchdowns scored by the offense, defense, and special teams for the Rams, but will they be able to match that performance?
While it's only preseason, this game just so happens to fall on week three, which is the closest thing to a regular season game you will get outside of week one. So how will the starters fare against one another? A lot has changed since that last encounter.
- Andrew Luck will throw two interceptions and no touchdowns. Luck is a pretty damn good player. But he's no stranger to turning the ball over. By all accounts the Rams secondary has had a strong camp. But the top group has yet to really play much. This will be the first time that the world gets to see this bunch for an extended period of time. Jeff Fisher has confirmed the players will be allowed to watch film on the opponent for the first time this preseason. This should play in the defenses favor as they look to give a preview of what to expect this season.
- Both Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham will have 70 yards rushing. The Rams have not had much success running the ball in their first two preseason games. However, they have not really tried a wide assortment of plays. In this game - while they will not open it all the way up - the Rams will look to really get the offense rolling utilizing the run game, and taking advantage of the defense with play-action. Jamon Brown has been excellent through the first two games, and running behind him might not be a bad idea.
- Tavon Austin will score the games first touchdown. With the new focus to get him the ball, look for Austin to attempt to tap into his memory banks and have a mini flashback from his last performance against the Colts. Austin will catch a lot more screens this season, but look for Austin to take the top off the defense at some point in this game.
- Nick Foles will be picked off twice. One of those picks will be at the hands of Vontae Davis. After a rocky start to his career as a former first round pick, Chuck Pagono has done what no one else could, which is get the most out of Davis. He was without question a top five corner in the NFL last season and with Foles' risk taker mentality, longer playing time, and inconsistent accuracy, look for one of the best in the NFL to take full advantage of any mistakes made on his side of the field.
- The Rams will not get lucky. When you are talking preseason games the best way to make plays is sneaking in some extended playing time. While this may be the game where that happens, the Rams feared defensive line will not sack Luck. It's no secret that the Colts offensive line has been one of the worst in recent years, but the Rams defensive line has been a slow starter lately. Maybe its a case of buying too much into their own hype, or maybe teams are just really good at avoiding sacks against them. Whatever the reason may be, as luck will have it, Andrew stays standing. Chirs Long will get the closest to a sack first, but ultimately No. 12 will evade him.
The Rams will finally get in a little film watching and open it up just a tad more than a few plays. While it will not be as much as a regular season game, it will be nice to see the players a little more prepared to get a better feel of where the team is at, rather than just individual evaluations.