Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Ravens

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Ravens

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In the 21 seasons of Rams football in St. Louis, Case Keenum becomes the 23rd QB to start a game. Will he be a one-and-done starter like Brock Berlin in 2007? Or the next Kurt Warner? OK, the Warner phenomenon was of the once-in-a-lifetime variety. But maybe Keenum can provide a spark with his accuracy, mobility, and energy. One of his two starts with Houston last season was against the Ravens, with Keenum completing 20 of 42 passes for 185 yards and an INT in a 25-13 Texans win.


The Rams start their fourth different offensive line combination of the season Sunday, and their third different group in fourth weeks. They tried a couple of combos during the practice week, but with RG Jamon Brown out for the season with a lower-leg fracture and RT Rob Havenstein (calf) doubtful, it could be rookies Cody Wichmann and Andrew Donnal at RG and RT, respectively. Donnal started two weeks ago against Minnesota; Wichmann has played only nine snaps from scrimmage all season.


The Rams, specifically LT Greg Robinson, made OLB Willie Young look like Lawrence Taylor last week. They step way up in class this week with Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil. The four-time Pro Bowler is seventh among active NFL players with 94 career sacks. "He's great off the edge," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. 'We're gonna have to be aware of where he's at, and at times we're probably going to have to get our tackles some help or get rid of the football quick because he's an outstanding rusher."


Former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco has few weapons around him this year due to injury and defection. The days of Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are gone; Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta are injured. And he's on his fourth offensive coordinator in four seasons, but through it all has remained calm and patient in the face of a 2-7 season. …

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