Rams prepare for "dress rehearsal" in Denver

Rams prepare for

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Cleveland Browns' Barkevious Mingo (51) and Hall Davis (91) fail to block a field goal by St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) at the end of the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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by Brian Feldman, Football StL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

 (FootballStL) -- They say the third preseason game is the dress rehearsal for the regular season.  It's a chance for the starters to play the entire first half and even get into the third quarter.  The Rams have been extremely “vanilla” in their game calling thus far in the preseason so it remains to be seen how much they'll actually show regular season opponents what they have.

But no matter how you slice it, this game is the closest you'll see them to regular season planning.

“I would imagine so. To be honest, we haven’t been told the amount of snaps we’re going to play, but I would assume that we’d play the whole first half and if not some of the third quarter," quarterback Sam Bradford said.  "I think I’m excited to get out there and play a little bit more, get some more snaps. We still have a lot of work to do, and I think this is a great opportunity for us to improve.”

One possible issue in Denver against the Broncos is the altitude.  It has a way of affecting some players who are not used to it on a regular basis.  Jeff Fisher believes you have to be prepared.

“The best thing to do is hydration because that’s usually the issue, especially when you’re traveling there. Dehydration is part of the trip and you’re on an airplane, so we’ve educated them this week about the importance of hydration,” Fisher said.

 The Rams have admittedly been quite sloppy in several areas of their game thus far in preseason.  They've missed too many tackles against the Browns and Packers and have committed too many penalties for Fisher's taste.  This game against the Broncos is a chance to remedy that before the regular season begins.  Starters don't play much typically in the fourth and final preseason game.

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