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Monday, August 25, 2008
Nine quick thoughts on the Rams' offense

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' offense made progress in the team's third exhibition game, a 24-10 victory over the Ravens on Saturday night.

Yes, the Ravens rested some starters, but Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott were among the Baltimore defenders playing. The Rams were without Steven Jackson, but they still opened the game with a 10-play drive to a field goal.

A note on each of the nine plays before Josh Brown's 37-yard field goal gave the Rams a 3-0 lead:

This was an effective first drive for the Rams with a couple of exceptions. An inability to make plays with Bennett as the intended receiver short-circuited this drive. The same issues marked the Rams' previous exhibition game against San Diego.

Rookie receivers Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton combined for eight receptions, 128 yards and a touchdown later in the game. Are they ready to contribute as rookies?