One of the Colts' biggest concerns after their first two games is the play of the offensive line. Andrew Luck was sacked once and put under pressure multiple times during his three series against the Bears last Saturday. Indianapolis might have the most talented set of offensive playmakers in the league, but if the O-line can't protect Luck, the offense could struggle to live up to expectations. They'll face a huge test Saturday against a Rams defensive line that just might be the best in the NFL this season.
Another issue that the Colts need to address before the start of the regular season is their poor tackling. The Colts have missed 38 tackles over the first two preseason games -- 27 on defense and 11 on special teams. Head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters this week that tackling is something the Colts will continue to work on throughout the preseason.
The Rams got good news this week when the team announced that rookie running back Todd Gurley was cleared for practice on Monday. He isn't game-ready and won't get any preseason snaps, but it's an encouraging sign that the first-round pick is participating in live drills and it looks like he's still on track to be available early on in the regular season.
The key position battle to watch for the Rams in this game is at center. Tim Barnes and Demetrius Rhaney got the starting nods in the first two games; Barrett Jones is listed as the starter on the team's unofficial depth chart and is expected to start Saturday. But it's anybody's guess who will be on the field when the Rams open the season Sept. 13 against the Seahawks.
How To Watch
When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.
Announcers: Away: Don Fischer, Rick Venturi; Home: Andrew Siciliano, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt
TV: Away: WXIN-FOX 59; Home: KTVI-FOX 2 (for complete listing of stations, see 506sports.com)
Online: NFL Game Pass
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