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Packers vs. Rams: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 08:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2013

As the NFL preseason reaches its midway point, the St. Louis Rams will host the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.

There's not much intrigue on Green Bay's side. The battle for the backup quarterback job will continue, but the offense is pretty set otherwise.

St. Louis fans are hoping to see a strong offense. With Steven Jackson gone, the offense is going to be much different this season.

Quarterback Sam Bradford will finally have a vertical threat. Rookie Tavon Austin will be on display in this game, and the Rams hope he can show why they drafted him so high.

The Rams are hoping to surprise everyone this season. Rookies have led several teams to the playoffs the past few seasons, so Austin could be a piece that puts the team in contention.

Here's a look at when and where you can catch the game, followed by an injury report for both squads and who to watch for on Saturday night.

 

When: Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.

Watch: Check local listings (courtesy of 506sports.com)

Listen: 620 AM (GB), 101.1 FM (STL), Online at NFL Audio Pass

 

Betting Line (via Covers)

Spread: St. Louis Rams (-4.5)

Over/Under: 40.5 

If this was a regular-season game, the betting line would be different. The Packers aren't going to play their starters much in this game, whereas the Rams may let theirs play to try to see what they have. Weather won't be an issue as it's in a dome. 

 

Injury Report (via ESPN.com)

Green Bay Packers   
NamePositionInjuryStatus
Randall CobbWRBicepsProbable
Datone JonesDEAnkleQuestionable
Eddie LacyRBHamstringProbable
Sean RichardsonSNeckOut
James StarksRBN/AProbable

 

St. Louis Rams   
NamePositionInjuryStatus
Jermelle CudjoDTFootQuestionable
Lance KendricksTEKneeQuestionable

 

Packers Player to Watch: Vince Young

Having Aaron Rodgers means the team is going to be pretty good. However, the team still needs to have a reliable backup.

Vince Young hasn't played in a NFL game since 2011 and hasn't played in a full season since 2007, which was his second season in the league. He won't be expected to do much this season, but the Packers want to see if he can still play in this league.

Young was brought in to compete with B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell for the backup quarterback.

With Rodgers likely to see very limited action, all eyes will be on Young. He was once a star in the NFL, and the Packers would feel good about their situation if he can show that he is still an effective quarterback.

Green Bay needs to see if Young can regain his form, so this will be a big test now that he has had some time with the team.

 

Rams Player to Watch: Isaiah Pead

The Rams need someone to step up now that Jackson is gone. Daryl Richardson has done well in the running back competition, so Pead has some work to do.

He is a versatile back who can be a key member of the offense. He can run the ball and catch passes out of the backfield. He can run inside or outside, and his speed makes him a dangerous threat.

St. Louis drafted him in the second round in 2012, so it has high expectations for the running back.

Pead needs to perform well from now until to the regular season if he is going to win the starting job. With Bradford and Austin leading the passing attack, Pead can use his versatility to win the job. 

Richardson and Pead have been going head-to-head, but the competition is only heating up as the regular season approaches.

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