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2015 NFL Preseason St. Louis Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts: Game Time, TV Schedule, Live Online Streaming, Odds, Picks, Announcers And More


Keys 2 Victory vs. Indianapolis


As we get closer to Saturday’s 7 o’clock kickoff, here are three keys to victory for the Rams’ third preseason matchup with the Colts.

1) Establish a rhythm with first unit


The Rams’ first offense got off to a good start against Oakland a couple weeks ago, but has struggled to put points on the board since. Part of that comes from the unit not revealing its full plans to their opponents in preseason, but quarterback Nick Foles said the goal remains to still execute what they do run. Head coach Jeff Fisher said the offense will do a little more this week than it has in previous games, and that should help when it comes to stringing a few good drives together to put points on the board. 


2) Get after Luck


Andrew Luck is on the fast track to becoming one of the so-called elite quarterbacks in the league, and there are many reasons why. As Fisher put it this week, the Colts’ QB is the whole package when you think about his abilities to make strong throws, the proper checks at the line of scrimmage, and keep plays alive with his legs. But part of what makes him effective is the ground game. It’s still unclear just how much Frank Gore may play -- if at all -- but if he does, he’s a running back with whom the Rams are very familiar. As defensive end Robert Quinn put it this week, “You stop the run, and you earn the right to rush the passer as a defense.” So if St. Louis can keep the run in check, that will present the team with some 3rd-and-long situations to rush Luck. And the last time these two teams played in the regular season, that worked out well for the Rams. 


3) Keep staying healthy

St. Louis didn’t have any players in the training room after the game at Tennessee from an injury suffered during the contest. That’s a rarity in the NFL, and it’s certainly something that the Rams hope they can repeat with this week at home. And if they can’t completely replicate last week’s fortune, than hopefully at least avoid a serious injury. And there are players who have a chance to return to the field, like wide receiver Brian Quick and defensive tackle Michael Brockers. It remains to be seen if they will see much game action, but so far -- knock on wood -- the Rams have avoided a season-ending preseason injury.

Five Players to Watch vs. Colts

While the starters may take the most snaps in this preseason contest, there are still roster spots to be earned by those who will play in the second half. Here are five players to keep an eye on in the Rams’ third exhibition matchup.

1) Brian Quick - No. 83


The wide receiver has been through a grueling rehab process from his shoulder injury suffered last year against the Chiefs, [http://stlra.ms/1EgpYH9] and now head coach Jeff Fisher has said he expects Quick to play this week. Quick took off the non-contact cap he’d been wearing throughout camp in Tuesday’s practice, which was another signal Quick’s ready to play. The wide receiver was coming on well last year prior to the season-ending injury, and Fisher said he feels like the wideout can pick up where he left off. Quick may not play that many snaps as he eases back into game action, but when he’s in there, he can make an impact. 


2) Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown - Nos. 79 and 68


The rookies at right tackle and right guard have been productive thus far in the preseason, and Fisher said they may get some extra reps on Saturday. The head coach also pointed to how both rookies got in good work by practicing against the Cowboys as a way that the pair has gained experience during training camp. Fisher has maintained all along he has no reservations about playing the two in the opener on Sept. 13, and going against a solid Colts front seven should be a good opportunity for Havenstein and Brown to show how they’ve progressed. 


3) Case Keenum - No. 17


Keenum has spent the most time at quarterback for the Rams so far this preseason, and he’s been productive, having completed 19 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. Fisher complimented the signal-caller’s deep throw to Chris Givens last week that went for an 80-yard touchdown, adding that Keenum has extended plays with his feet and has a good feel for the offense. With another strong performance, Keenum could solidify his standing in the competition for backup quarterback.


4) Malcolm Brown - No. 39


An undrafted rookie out of Texas, Brown had a nice game last week, amassing 101 yards from scrimmage. He ran the rock four times for 23 yards -- a 5.8-yard average -- and also had four receptions for 78 yards. The running back’s last catch was a 54-yard touchdown reception. Brown caught a short pass and then darted down the left sideline for the score. Brown has an outside shot of making the 53-man roster, and can continue to make his case for a spot this week. 


5) Bryce Hager - No. 54
A seventh-round pick out of Baylor, Hager leads the Rams in tackles through the first two preseason games. The linebacker has said that it’s been fun being coached by two men who also coached his father in the NFL, Fisher and linebackers coach Frank Bush. Now, Hager will continue to work to try and make the roster with a good showing against the Colts. He is a player who will likely have to make an impact on special teams in order to make the final cut.

Here's information on the Rams-Colts game time, the TV channel it's on, the Rams full 2015 schedule, how to stream live online, odds, announcers and more.
Now into the second half of the preseason, the St. Louis Rams will take on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Both teams are looking to shore things up to open the regular season in September, though the aims are widely different.
The Colts have made progress every year with QB Andrew Luck, from losing in the Wild Card Round to losing in the Divisional Round to making the AFC Championship last year. Obviously, they'd like that trend to continue and send Luck and Co. to the Super Bowl.
The Rams, on the other hand, are trying to put things in order the right way for the first time in a long, long time. Signs that it's coming together haven't been evident. For a young team, those signs couldn't come sooner.

Game Time

Saturday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. CT

Location

Edward Jones Dome - St. Louis, MO.

Broadcast (via 506 Sports)


week 3 broadcast info

Announcers

KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
Play-By-Play: Andrew Siciliano, Color Analysts: Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Sideline Reporters: Martin Kilcoyne, Dani Klupenger

Radio

WXOS, 101.1 FM
Play-By-Play: Steve Savard, Color Analyst: D’Marco Farr, Sideline Reporter: Will Witherspoon | Full listings

Online streaming

NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts of all non-available broadcast preseason games as well as Game Rewind replays of regular season games and live audio broadcasts. 
You can also watch free tonight at Sunset Daily's Sports Section, http://sunsetdailynews.wix.com/sunsetdaily#!sports/cehw and at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQutQFBWwAA

Injury report

We're still in the hazy cloud of preseason injury reports, but it will likely include OL Steven Baker, LB Daren Bates, DT Michael Brockers, RB Todd Gurley (knee), CB Brandon McGee (foot), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), TE Brad Smelley (hand), LB Korey Toomer (ankle) and DT Doug Worthington. A couple of those guys could see action, though I don't know that you'd want to press season-ready vets like Brockers or Saffold. G Cody Wichmann sounds like a go having come off of a calf injury suffered early in camp.

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