“Graham runs a 3-3 stack on defense and is very conservative,” Lawrence said. “Last year, they played an umbrella behind their 3-3 and forced us to drive the ball.
“But to be successful against them we are going to have to do just that.
“We will take what they give us, and we will have to make short runs and short passes to get first downs.
“If we can do that, it will also keep their offense off the field.”
Lawrence said another area the Rams have to win is special teams, not only in kicking and the return game, but on coverage teams as well.
Two years ago the Rams and the Steers were locked in a 0-0 tie at the half. But Graham ran back the second-half kickoff for a touchdown which ended up being the difference in a 20-12 loss to the Steers.
“We have to play good, sound special teams against Graham,” Lawrence said. “And I mean all night long. We have to play solid in all phases of the special teams.
“We can’t give up a big kickoff return like we did two years ago.
“When you are playing a really good team, you have to play sound special teams or the game can get away from you.”