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Rams Pass Rush vs. Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Offensive Line
The Minnesota Vikings gave up an alarming 44 sacks in 2013, which does not bode well for Minnesota considering St. Louis boasts, perhaps, the most intimidating pass rush in the entire NFL.
The threat of the pass has to be present before the Vikings can rely on the run, or else the Rams will simply stack the box all afternoon. If the Minnesota offensive line cannot contain Chris Long and Robert Quinn, things could get ugly.
Also, it'll be interesting to see if the historically average Matt Cassel is capable of making the big throws with serious pressure in his face. The Rams have beaten better quarterbacks than Cassel into submission in the recent past, so this is surely a concern for the Vikings.
Rams Defense vs. Adrian Peterson
Obviously, the biggest concern for the Rams is containing Peterson, who racked up more than 200 yards on the ground the last time he ran against the St. Louis defense in 2012.
Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers was a first-round selection in 2012 and is a popular candidate for a breakout year. The Rams need Brockers to stuff the middle and make life difficult for Peterson. If Brockers is ready to reach the next level, this is a great opportunity to prove it.
Will Shaun Hill Make an Immediate Statement?
With Sam Bradford done for the year, the Rams will lean on veteran Shaun Hill. Hill has been a very capable backup in the past, but he has yet to prove he's a viable option as a 16-game starter.
If Hill can make a statement and have an incredible performance against the Vikings, it would do wonders for this team. Not only would it provide the Rams with a boost of confidence, but it would prove that they are capable of winning without Bradford at the helm.