Week 2: Redskins-Rams matchup

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Washington at St. Louis
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis - TV: FOX; DirecTV: 713
*TV announcers: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio
*Keys to the game: The Rams have to be extremely concerned after averaging just 2.9 yards per carry in Week 1 and their already banged-up offensive line losing LT Rodger Saffold to a neck injury during the game. QB Sam Bradford is coming off an efficient game in Detroit, but the Redskins boast a strong pass rush and superior secondary to the Lions, so St. Louis will have trouble sustaining drives without a more balanced attack. Washington appears to have uncovered a gem for its zone-blocking scheme in sixth-round rookie RB Alfred Morris. He started and rushed for 96 yards and a pair of scores at New Orleans, taking significant pressure off QB Robert Griffin III. As impressive as RGIII was in the opener, this is a second consecutive road game for the young quarterback and the Rams now have some regular-season film on which to base their gameplan.
*Matchup to watch - Redskins WR Pierre Garcon vs. Rams CB Janoris Jenkins: Garcon was the target of RGIII's first three career passes, and hauled in all four balls thrown his way on Washington's first two drives last week before leaving with a toe injury. The Redskins hope he'll return in time for Sunday, and Aldrick Robinson was strong in his absence. A second-round pick with first-round talent, Jenkins has been thrown into the fire off the bat and came up with his first career interception in Detroit.
*Player spotlight - Rams OT Wayne Hunter: Acquired the final week of the season in exchange for Jason Smith in a swap of players needing a change of scenery, Hunter is suddenly in line to start opposite OLB Ryan Kerrigan if Saffold is out.
*Fast facts: The Redskins are coming off their first 40-point effort in a regular-season opener since 1991. ... The Rams were just 4 of 12 (33 percent) on third downs last week.
The Rams' defense isn't an easy assignment and Robert Griffin III has a tough follow up act. But St. Louis' struggles on the ground will continue to manifest themselves and put Sam Bradford in a difficult spot when playing from behind.
*Our pick: Redskins 23-20

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