(KSDK Sports) -- The Rams are at the Cowboys on Sunday. So before you sit down to watch, here are our five things to watch for.
Number 1: Pass Defense
One of the "keys" to the game will be the Rams pass defense.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is completing a league best "72%" of his passes and he has a big target in 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver Dez Bryant. The Rams secondary has given up some big plays so a strong pass "rush" would "certainly" help.
Number 2: Success in the no-huddle
The "No Huddle or not to No Huddle" was the 64,000 question at Rams Park this week. We all saw what the Rams did in that second half last week against the Falcons. Sam Bradford is built for this type of spread offense and he now has the weapons to make it work. Head Coach Jeff Fisher is a defensive coach and he's old school, but he says he's beginning to like this style of football, so we'll see what happens.
3. Handling the atmosphere as really young team
Depending on who ask, AT&T Stadium in Dallas is either an intimidating 12th man that benefits the Cowboys, or just the world's largest sports bar with its 73-foot-by-160-foot hi-definition monitor, which also has a live football game playing. Either way, the place is a factor, especially with young players who may be more enamoured of the venue then the game on the field. Focus will be key.
4. Alec Ogletree must be a force all over the field.
The last time these two teams played, Cowboy's running back Demarco Murry must have felt like he was playing inside a video game. He ran for a ridiculous 253 yards against a Rams defense that had no answers. Now they have Ogletree, and it will be his job to stuff Murray and the Cowboys ground assault. Watch for him to be like Visa Card, "everywhere you want him to be."
5. Reduce Penalties
The Rams have just got to play smarter. Penalties are going to happen, but bad penalties are the mark of an undisciplined, non-thinking team, and the Rams are neither. Once again, the Rams rank as the league's most penalized team, and it must stop. Watch for more disciplined leadership coming from team leaders on both sides of the ball, and quick benching's of anyone not playing smart football.