Plenty of storylines when the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins meet in week two will be centered on the pre-draft trade the two organizations orchestrated this past spring. Even though that is the key item linking these two franchises in recent history, the football game at hand has its fair share of intrigue as well. Here are some areas that will be vital for the Rams if they hope to win their first game in the Jeff Fisher era on Sunday.
Clearly Robert Griffin III showed that he is no fluke in his performance against the New Orleans Saints in week one. Keeping Griffin under wraps will be easier said than done, but the Rams have the personnel to be successful. Linebacker James Laurinaitis can spy on him all game long while their fearsome duo of Robert Quinn and Chris Long can pin their ears back and try and get after him. This plan could backfire if Griffin manages to break contain, but the Rams need to be aggressive defensively if they hope to have a chance.
ESTABLISH THE RUNNING GAME
Steven Jackson was very quiet in week one managing just 53 yards on 21 carries, but something tells me that he will have a better outing this week. The Rams offensive line is already dealing with injuries, but even a patchwork offensive front loves to run block. Getting Jackson at least 25 touches should be mandatory in this game.
HOLD THE FOOTBALL
This one goes hand in hand with the running game, but considering Washington’s massive 39:10 to 20:50 time of possession differential from week one, the Rams must control the clock. Keeping RG3 off of the field is their best possible defense and if they can limit the number of times the Skins have the pigskin, the Rams have a much better chance of coming out on top. Winning the turnover battle is a must as well to achieve this as the Saints failed on that stat as well week one turning it over three times to the Redskins zero.
If the Rams are able to achieve these three things on Sunday, they stand a real chance at getting coach Fisher his first victory with the team. Maybe then the story will shift from the two teams’ draft trade to their current teams which are both headed in the right direction.