The NFL season is already underway and the Rams first game of the season kicks off Sunday. As we approach the team’s first week in the 2014-15 NFL season, here is a preview of what to watch for in Sunday’s match-up between the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings
5.) Greg Robinson
The 2014 2nd overall pick NOT starting for the Rams! Don’t mark Robinson down as a “bust” yet, the big man is still in his first year as a NFL player and still adjusting to the LG position. Robinson spent his entire college career as a LT for Auburn, a position that is filled currently by Pro Bowler Jake Long. Robinson may not be in the starting line-up for the Rams this Sunday against the Vikings, but keep an eye on the big man because he will get playing time. There has been plenty of position shifting for Robinson throughout training camp and in the preseason games. Robinson will be in the starting line-up before the season is through, when may depend on how he does this Sunday.
4.) Young Defensive Backs
The Rams knew that coming into this season the secondary may be a tough area for the defense. Returning Janoris Jenkins is looking for a bounce back year and Trumane Johnson will start on the Injured List for the first four weeks. Then you add in the younger players such as LaMarcus Joyner, EJ Gaines and Maurice Alexander. There still is plenty of grooming to be had with these young defensive backs. One thing to pay attention to in this week’s game is how they fair against possibly the best running back in today’s game, Adrian Peterson.
3.) Run v. Pass
What will the Rams do with their offense on Sunday? No Sam Bradford under center but you are playing against, statistically, the worst defense in the NFL last season. Head Coach Jeff Fisher is known for his consistent running game and with Sam Bradford on the DL, is there any doubt that will change? The team has complete faith in Shaun Hill and the Vikings lost a few of their threats on defense during the offseason. Keep an eye out for what Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Jeff Fisher have up their sleeves and in their playbook for Sunday’s game.
2.) Shaun Hill
One of the biggest question marks for the season, the quarterback. Shaun Hill has not played a full season as the starting quarterback in his career. The team has said numerous times that Hill is capable to lead this team to wherever they want to go. He has been practicing with the number ones throughout training camp. The unknown still is, can he do it? Coach Fisher loves the run game so you may not get to see a whole lot of Hill’s arm in Sunday’s game. When he does though, keep an eye on the accuracy and consistency of Hill’s arm with the improved receiving core for the Rams.
1.) Gregg Williams’ Defense
How will this defense fare under new coordinator Gregg Williams? Williams led the Saints’ defense last season to one of the best in the NFL and now he takes over a team with possibly the best defensive line in the NFL. Williams has been very vocal throughout practice and doesn’t take poor performance lightly. There’s no doubt there will be an extra jolt in the Rams’ defense for this Sunday but what will he have in mind. Extra weapons such as Aaron Donald on the front line and a few young DB’s for the Rams may give Gregg Williams and the Rams the dynamic defense they have been looking for for the past few seasons.