The Browns play the St. Louis Rams in the second preseason game of the year for both teams at 7:30 tonight at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns won their preseason opener 27-24 on the road against the Green Bay Packers. The Rams, meanwhile, suffered a 28-7 loss against the Minnesota Vikings in their 2010 debut.
Top storylines: 1. Quarterback Jake Delhomme will play in his first home game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. He had a great start last week against the Packers, completing 6-of-7 passes for 66 yards while leading the Browns on an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the game. It was Delhomme's lone series, though, so it will be interesting to see if he can pick up where he left off. 2. The Browns' defense forced a turnover during the Packers' opening possession, but it struggled to keep up with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. after that. Therefore, the Browns' defense still has several questions it hopes to answer against the Rams. 3. Safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Joe Haden, both of whom are rookies, will make their debuts at their home stadium. Ward shined against the Packers, and Haden was respectable. Both of them made a few mistakes, too. Where do they go from here? 4. Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy struggled against the Packers. He completed 5-of-10 passes and threw two interceptions. Can he show promise against the Rams? 5. The rookie quarterback on the Rams' side, top overall pick Sam Bradford, is the subject of a prominent national story. A.J. Feeley is the Rams' starting quarterback now, but will Bradford surpass him on the team's depth chart? More important, will the Rams be able to keep Bradford safe? The Vikings finished with six sacks last week. Bradford was the victim of four.
Sidelined players: Browns -- WR Mohamed Massaquoi, LB David Bowens, DL Shaun Rogers, OL Tony Pashos, OL Floyd Womack, DL C.J. Mosley, OL Joel Reinders, LB D'Qwell Jackson, RB Montario Hardesty, DB Coye Francies and OL Shawn Lauvao (out for personal reason). Rams -- WR Brandon Gibson, CB Jerome Murphy, CB Justin King, CB Kevin Dockery, S James Butler, DE George Selvie, OL John Greco and DE Eugene Sims.
Starting lineup changes: Browns -- WR Josh Cribbs will start in place of Mohamed Massaquoi, who's sidelined with a hamstring strain (Massaquoi would have played tonight if it were a regular-season game, coach Eric Mangini said through a spokesman); OL Billy Yates will start in place of rookie Shawn Lauvao at right guard. Lauvao is not injured, but he's away tending to a personal matter. Rams -- CB Bradley Fletcher will start in place of Kevin Dockery; OL Jason Smith will start in place of Adam Goldberg at right tackle; Goldberg will move to center to start in place of former Browns player Hank Fraley.