1. Overall Improvement
Head Coach Jeff Fisher is looking to improve in several areas in the third preseason game. The Rams have converted seven of 27 third downs (25.9 percent) through the first two games of the preseason, but it’s the production on first and second down that will bring that percentage up. The combination of penalties and lost or no yardage on first and second down creates third-and-long situations that the team needs to avoid and will look to improve on this week. By picking up consistent yardage throughout the series, they will have a better chance to convert in more manageable situations.
An improvement in the giveaway/takeaway category is also something to watch. The Rams defense has not recorded a takeaways in either of the first two preseason contests. With the first team expecting extended playing time, watch for the unit to create their first turnovers of the preseason.
One of the main points of emphasis coming away from last week’s game against the Packers was poor tackling on defense. After focusing on that issue throughout the week, look for the defense to get back on track and bring opponents down at first contact.
2. Emerging Players on Defense
3. Committing to the Run
The Rams’ running backs have not seen as much action as expected throughout the first two preseason games because of the situations that the offense has been in and the defensive sets it has gone up against. If the Rams’ are able to stick to their game plan and not let the Broncos defense force them into passing situations, the running backs should get a heavy dose of reps.
4. Spreading the Ball Around
5. Right Tackle