In what is considered the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, the St. Louis Rams topped the Cleveland Browns 33-14.
The story for both squads this preseasons has been the play of the quarterbacks. Sam Bradford made his return from a torn ACL last week and was in action again on Saturday night. However, after starting four-of-nine for 77 yards, Bradford was injured in the first quarter and checked out on the cart on the sideline. Updates have since been positive and it does not look like he tore his ACL again. He made way for Shaun Hill and then Austin Davis. The Rams already held a 6-0 lead and Davis led two touchdown drives, capped by touchdown passes to Brian Quick and and Chris Givens, to make it 20-0 Rams.
The Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback earlier in the week and let him guide the team throughout the first half. Hoyer struggled but did get into the end zone with a five-yard touchdown toss to Andrew Hawkins just prior to the half. Hoyer 10-of-16 for 84 yards. Johnny Manziel entered the game and made a seven-yard touchdown run to make it 23-14 in the third quarter. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 85 yards.
Greg “Legatron” Zuerlein kicked four field goals for the Rams and Trey Watts rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown on nine carries for the Rams. Rookie Tre Mason continued to struggle, carrying the ball 10 times for just 29 yards. Rookie Terrance West led the Browns in rushing with only 17 yards on seven carries. The Rams piled up 474 yards while the Browns managed just 178 yards.
Rams’ rookie defensive end Michael Sam recorded a sack for the second week in a row, taking down Manziel in the second half.
The Rams will wrap up the preseason when they travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins Thursday night while the Browns will play host to the Chicago Bears, looking for a victory to prevent a win-less preseason.