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NFL Preseason Preview - Green Bay (0-1) at St. Louis (0-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams will play their final home game of the 2014 preseason when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rare afternoon kickoff on Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams are still looking for their first exhibition win after dropping a 26-24 decision last week to New Orleans.

Veteran signal caller Shaun Hill threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Rams in the setback, while Austin Davis picked up 134 yards and a score on 10- for-16 passing.

Both starting quarterbacks, New Orleans' Drew Brees and Sam Bradford of the Rams, were given the night off.

Rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is trying to become the first openly-gay player in the NFL, played almost 40 snaps and acquitted himself well.

"Mike played pretty well, got tired as well," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "But, he was in the 35-to-39-play range. Played with effort, made some mistakes. I would expect him to play much better this week after he gets whatever it is behind him like the rest of the rookie class, first-year guys. First preseason game is a little nerve wracking but I think he'll settle down."

Sam entered the game at left end for with about five minutes left in the first quarter and left with about five remaining in the third quarter.

"The hardest critic is going to be myself," he said. "I could have done a little bit better, but I'm not mad about my first game. I know I could have done better."

Green Bay is also searching for its preseason victory after Jackie Battle's 7- yard touchdown run with 5:02 remaining lifted the Titans a 20-16 victory over the Packers in a rain-soaked affair at LP Field last Saturday.

The rainfall amount reportedly reached three inches in the vicinity of the stadium, making ball security a problem for both squads. They combined for eight total fumbles.

Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were all healthy scratches on Green Bay's first team.

Backup signal caller Matt Flynn threw for 49 and third-stringer Scott Tolzien, who is pushing Flynn, passed for 124. Veteran James Starks rushed for 49 yards and a score.

Bradford, who hasn't played since tearing his ACL last October, is expected to start against Green Bay.

"He's going to play," Fisher said. "I haven't decided how much, but he's going to play this week."

Rodgers is also scheduled to at least take a few snaps for the Packers.

"It's a real good defense," Rodgers said of the Rams. "It'd be nice to take a couple hits maybe, legal hits. This is the time of year we're trying to get to be playing the right way and get in and get out."

Saturday's game will be just the fifth preseason meeting between the Rams and Packers. The teams have split the prior four meetings.

08/14 10:47:11 ET


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