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Redskins-Rams GameDay Preview

09.30.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins

REDSKINS (2-1) @ ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-3)

The Redskins travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Edward Jones Dome. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. It's the second road trip of the season for the Redskins. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys 18-16 at Cowboys Stadium last Monday night.

The Redskins are 1-0 against the NFC West this season, having beaten the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 in Week 2 at FedExField. The Rams, still seeking their first win of the season, are 0-2 against the NFC East. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 31-13 and the New York Giants 28-16 before losing to the Baltimore Ravens last week 37-7.

Sunday's Redskins-Rams game marks the 36th meeting between the two clubs. The Redskins have played the Rams throughout that organization's pro football tenure in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Washington holds a 23-11-1 advantage in the all-time series (regular season and postseason), dating back to a 16-7 victory for Washington over the Cleveland Rams on November 21, 1937. The Redskins have won nine of the last 15 meetings. Last year, the Redskins and Rams faced off in Week 3 at the Edward Jones Dome and the Rams won 30-16.

The Redskins have several former Rams on their roster, including safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, defensive end Adam Carriker, linebacker London Fletcher and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

KEYS TO THE GAME

1--- This week, the Redskins line up against the 32nd-ranked run defense in the NFL in the St. Louis Rams. They are yielding 174.3 rushing yards per game and an average of 5.3 yards per carry. After posting just 65 rushing yards last Monday in Dallas, the Redskins will look to re-establish Tim Hightower and the run game in St. Louis. The key is for offensive linemen to reach the second level so they can block middle linebacker James Laurinatis, who leads the Rams with 21 tackles.

2-- The Redskins are 3-of-10 in the red zone the last two weeks after converting 3-of-4 red zone opportunities in Week 1. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the key to red zone success is to avoid 3rd-and-long situations by picking up yardage on first and second down. Look for Tim Hightower, who caught a 1-yard touchdown pass last Monday night, to emerge as a red zone candidate. Tight ends Fred Davis and Chris Cooley are also experienced options.

3-- The Redskins’ defense is ranked 11th against the run but they yielded two long second-half runs to the Cowboys last Monday. In St. Louis, Rams running back Steven Jackson has been slowed by a quad injury since Week 1 but it appears he’s close to returning. Last year, Jackson had a 42-yard touchdown run against a Redskins defense that tackled poorly on the play. If Jackson can’t play, then the Rams will turn to Cadillac Williams, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back who leads the team with 202 yards on 40 carries. On Sunday, the goal is to slow Jackson and Williams and make the Rams one-dimensional so that they rely on quarterback Sam Bradford, who has completed just 50.9 percent of his passes and has been sacked 11 times this season.

Any predictions for the game on Sunday? Leave them below!

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