For the players and fans of the Indianapolis Colts, the blur of white, gold and blue that was running up and down the field two weeks ago was Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin.
Austin’s breakout performance against the Colts was one of those “been there, done that” type of moments for fans of the receiver during his four years as a Mountaineer.
For fans of St Louis that didn’t get a chance to see him in college, the game was their first true glimpse of what their 8th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft can be for the team moving forward into the future.
With the record setting day behind us and looking forward to tomorrow’s game against the Bears, what will Austin do as an encore and will Chicago be able to contain the rookie receiver from another spectacular day?
One of the biggest factors in deciding outcomes of games in the NFL, the weather, will play no factor in this weekend’s game as the Rams and Bears will play on the fast track of the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis. The climate controlled atmosphere of the dome will be much better playing conditions instead of the below freezing temperatures expected in Chicago at the same time.
From the much more reliable view from the statistical side, Austin might have a chance to weave his way through a Bears’ defense that has been dealing with injuries through the midway point of 2013.
Chicago’s second best run defense in the NFL is stifling opposing running games this season, but the middle of the pack No. 17 pass defense is keeping those same opposing teams in contention late in games.
The Rams should focus their game plan more toward the recent smart throwing by Kellen Clemens and delivering the ball to his talented group of receivers especially Austin.
While not being very effective at running the ball so far this season, a timely jet sweep around the outside late in the game could get Austin a chance to do some damage outside of the receiving and special teams.
Austin should hope above else to avoid games this season like those at Houston and against Seattle where the WVU standout was downright ineffective with three combined receptions in those games.
If we’re lucky and everything breaks right for the Rams, we might just get to see the second straight sighting of ‘Tavon Awesome’ this NFL Sunday.
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