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Three things to watch heading into the opener

Monday Night football will showcase the Rams and the 49ers, a battle between state and division rivals.

The Rams open up the regular season with a key divisional game against the San Francisco 49ers. There is some added pressure on the Rams with the game being on Monday Night Football with the whole world looking to see what L.A.’s team can do. The team wants to take the next step forward and a victory over a division rival could do just that. What are 3 things that Rams fans should keep an eye out for tonight’s game?

Tavon Austin- Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Rob Boras want Austin to play a key role in their offense. The plan is to get him the ball any way possible and open up the offense. The Rams extended Austin contract and gave him elite receiver money, look for them to treat him like a number one receiver.

Rams secondary- The secondary struggled throughout the pre-season and appears to be the weak link of the defense. Between replacing two starters and injuries sustained to the secondary, the Rams are still hoping that they can find answers at the cornerback positions. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson will likely be on Niners wide receiver Torrey Smith, but the other side of Johnson is where the Rams will need one of their corners to step up. This game will determine if the Rams at least found an answer or if they’re still searching.

Quarterback Play- Coming into training camp many anticipated Jared Goff to be starting week one, however things didn’t work out that way. Instead it’ll be Case Keenum starting with Sean Mannion backing him up and Goff inactive for Monday night’s game. Keenum performed pretty well as the starter midway through last season and will be looking to build on that this coming season. The last few years the Rams had some bad luck at quarterback and they’re hoping Keenum can solidify that position, at least for now. However, if Keenum struggles tonight you can’t help but to wonder if this will bring them closer to throwing Goff in to moving forward

Matt Lowry is a journalism student at Santa Monica College. You can follow him on twitter @MattALowry


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