Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Broncos; Rams Face Huge Test vs. Manning; NFL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Broncos; Rams Face Huge Test vs. Manning; NFL

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After eight games and more than two months on the bench, Shaun Hill resurfaces as the Rams' starting QB. His timing could've been better considering he'll be trying to match throws with the great Peyton Manning. Not to mention, he'll be facing the NFL's fifth- ranked defense. But when it comes down to it, his timing with Rams receivers will be what matters most. There will be an adjustment process, be it the way the ball comes out of Hill's hand as a opposed to Austin Davis or even his cadence at the line of scrimmage. "Shaun has a different touch on the ball," TE Lance Kendricks said. "But it still gets there the same. He's a vet quarterback, so he's been there before. There's nothing wrong with having that veteran leadership in the huddle. The plays are still the same. We like Shaun. Everyone loves him here. No issues there."


Even if the Rams don't relocate to Los Angeles, this likely will be Manning's last appearance in the Gateway City. Under the NFL scheduling formula, the Broncos won't play here again until 2022. He would be 46 by then. So unless he changes clubs, say farewell Sunday to one of the all-time greats. Manning has played here only twice before both times with Indianapolis. In 2001, the Colts lost 42- 17; in 2009, the Colts turned the tables with a 42-6 win.


The Rams faced an elite pass-rushing tandem three weeks ago in KC's Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. No disrespect intended, but Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer likes the Denver duo of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. "Since we don't play Kansas City again this year, I'll say Denver's clearly better," Schottenheimer said. Ware and Miller have 17 sacks between them this season. Miller moves around some, but will play mainly over RT Joe Barksdale.


Tre Mason clearly has moved into feature back status in the Rams' backfield, but the going will be tough against Denver's run defense. …

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