The St. Louis Rams will put quarterback Shaun Hill to the test in their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, who will start Matt Cassel at quarterback.
The St. Louis Rams have lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the entire season since he tore his ACL again. They will move on with Shaun Hill as their starting quarterback. Hill has been promising enough in the preseason to not force the Rams to make a knee-jerk reaction trade.
They will open the season at home against the Minnesota Vikings, who have decided to name Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback.
The Rams will be dependent on running back Zac Stacy to carry a big load once again after he emerged as the feature back in his rookie season.
They will also rely on Tavon Austin to take the next step in his development as a wide receiver, and Kenny Britt will look to get his career back on track.
The defense is expected to be a dominant unit with a stacked defensive line and promising linebackers.
Cassel staved off rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting quarterback job, and he will need to prove the Vikings right or face being benched.
Running back Adrian Peterson is still expected to be the focal point of the Vikings offense, but wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the rise while tight end Kyle Rudolph is a popular breakout candidate.
The key matchup to watch in this game will be the Rams defense against Peterson. If they can stop him, the Rams should have no trouble winning.
Prediction: Rams 23, Vikings 16